Office of Student Testing
The Office of Student Testing coordinates the division’s preparation, administration, interpretation, and communication of student assessments. The office ensures full compliance with federal, state, and local testing expectations while striving to cultivate positive and purposeful assessment experiences for Fairfax County students, parents, teachers, and school leaders.
The office is organized into three areas of responsibility to provide support and services to the FCPS community:
The test distribution team provides logistical support and management of the physical tools and materials necessary for schools to provide appropriate tests and testing environments for each child.
The test administration team provides training, guidance, and support for school staff to ensure that all students are assessed as required, that students’ test performance is properly recorded for both the child and the school, and that parents receive timely and accurate information about mandated assessments and their children’s test results.
The test analysis team reports required student testing data to the state and generates tools and reports that facilitate interpretation and planning at the school and division levels. The data managed and reported by this team inform decisions about school accountability and provide insight into progress toward the overarching goal of student success within the FCPS strategic plan.
Overview of Testing in FCPS
Certain tests may be required for all students at a grade level or in a group. The Virginia Department of Education requires some of the tests; others are required by Fairfax County Public Schools. Under Virginia requirements, Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are given in reading and mathematics to all students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8. History SOL tests are administered in grades 4 and 8. Writing SOL tests are administered in grades 8 and 11. In high school, SOL tests in English, mathematics, science, and history are administered when students complete specific courses.