Testing in Grade 4
Grade 4 student tests
In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 4 tests focus on content knowledge and skills. Required tests for fourth graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name.
Assessment dates and delivery format for 2020-21 are subject to change due to shifts in school operations.
|Test Name||Requirement Source||Content Tested||Purpose of Test||Time Needed*||Schedule**||Delivery||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||Mar. 1 to Mar. 26||In-Person (computer-based)||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||Approx. 1 hour per subject||
Sept. 8 to Oct. 30
|At-Home (online computer-adaptive)||Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month|
|Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)||
ONLY for students without a prior ability score
|Intelligence Quotient (IQ)||To identify potential Advanced Academic Program services.||Approx. 30 minutes total||Dec. 1 to Dec. 7||In-Person (computer-based)||Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month|
|Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests||State||Reading, Mathematics, Virginia Studies||To measure knowledge of grade level content standards for state and federal accountability||Approx. 2 hours per subject||
May 3 to June 7
|In-Person (computer-based)||Distributed to parents/guardians by the following August|
|Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)||State
ONLY for students taught on an adapted curriculum
|Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies||To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability||Varies with evidence collected throughout the year||Oct. 1 to April 14||At-Home (work samples)||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. 19 to Mar. 11||In-Person (computer-based)||Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August|
ONLY for potential English learners
|Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening||To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law||Approx. 2 hours total||Within 30 days of entry from outside Virginia||In-Person (computer-based)||Distributed to parents/ guardians within 1 month|
* 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.