Testing in Grade 3

Grade 3 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 3 is a transition year for student testing. It is the first year with required Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Required tests for third graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Grade 3 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Horizon Divisionwide Formative Assessments Division Reading, Mathematics To measure knowledge of grade level content standards prior to SOL tests Approx. 1 hour per subject Nov. 25 to Dec. 20 Available through student Horizon account and incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
iReady Universal Screener Assessment Division Reading, Mathematics To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and measure progress of students identified for support Approx. 1 hour per subject Sept. 9 to Oct. 11

Dec. 16 to Feb. 28

April 14 to June 11

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Junior Performance Assessment for Language Students (Jr. PALS)

Division

ONLY for students enrolled in a world language program

Writing, Speaking To measure language progress and proficiency Approx. 1 hour total

April 14 to June 11

Distributed to parents/guardians by the end of June
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests State Reading, Mathematics To measure knowledge of grade level content standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 2 hours per subject

May 4 to June 5

Distributed to parents/guardians by the following August
WIDA ACCESS for ELLS

State

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.

See other grade level tests

Link to grade level tests.

Find out more about student assessments

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