Testing in Prekindergarten

Prekindergarten student tests

Students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) PreK: Family and Early Childhood Education Program (FECEP)/Head Start classes are assessed to monitor their early skill development. Required tests for FCPS PreK: FECEP/Head Start students 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. 

Prekindergarten Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Format Results Distribution
Ages and Stages Questionnaire State Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social Skills To identify gaps in foundational skills and identify students who may be in need of additional supports Approx. 30 minutes total Within 45 days of enrollment At-Home (online teacher interview with parent) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Devereux Childhood Assessment (DECA)

Federal and State

Social-Emotional Skills To measure development of social-emotional skills Approx. 30 minutes total

Sept. 8 to Oct. 30

April 5 to June 11

OR within 45 days of enrollment

At-Home (online teacher interview with parent) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Childhood Rubric Division Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical and Social-Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning To measure development across a broad range of skills Approx. 30 minutes total

Jan. 11 to Jan. 29

Mar. 15 to April 9

June 1 to June 11

At-Home (online teacher observation and collection of work samples) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening PreK (PreK PALS)

State

ONLY for students who will transition to kindergarten in the next school year

Phonological Awareness, Literacy To identify gaps in foundational literacy skills and measure progress Approx. 30 minutes total

Sept. 9 to Nov. 13

April 26 to May 7

Varies:

In-Person, At-Home (online student interaction), or Combination

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
PreK Progress Summary Forms Division Literacy, Numeracy, Social Skills To provide parents/guardians and caregivers quarterly updates on student strengths and strategies to support at home Ongoing

Oct. 19 to Oct. 30

Jan. 11 to Jan. 22

Mar. 15 to Mar. 26

June 1 to June 11

At-Home (online teacher observation) Distributed to parents/guardians at the end of each quarter

* 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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