Testing in Grade 2

Grade 2 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 2 tests focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills. Required tests for second graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Grade 2 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Division Intelligence Quotient (IQ) To identify potential Advanced Academic Program services. Approx. 2 hours total Sept. 30 to Oct. 10 Distributed to parents/guardians by mid-January
iReady Universal Screener Assessment

State (Reading)

Division (Mathematics)

Reading, Mathematics To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and measure progress of students identified for support. Approx. 45 minutes per subject

Sept. 9 to Oct. 11

Dec. 16 to Feb. 28

April 27 to May 22

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians


ONLY for English learners

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure annual English language proficiency and progress in compliance with federal law Approx. 5 hours total Jan. 21 to Mar. 12 Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August

* The amount of time needed for testing varies by student. All times are estimates. 

** Schedule dates represent the window of time during which tests may be given. Each school sets and communicates the specific date for each test.

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