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.
|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)||
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||
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.