Testing in Grade 8
Grade 8 student tests
In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 8 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for high school. Required tests for eighth 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 course 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|
|Performance Assessment for Language Students (PALS)||
ONLY for students enrolled in a world language program
|Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening||To measure language progress and proficiency||Approx. 3 hours total||April 15 to June 11||Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades|
|Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests||State||Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Civics||To measure knowledge of course content standards for state and federal accountability||Approx. 2 hours per subject||
Mar. 2 to Mar. 18 (Writing only)
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.