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. 

Prekindergarten Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Devereux Childhood Assessment (DECA)

Federal and State

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

Oct. 7 to Oct. 18

April 27 to May 8

OR within 45 days of enrollment

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Drawing/Writing Assessment

Division

ONLY for students who will not transition to kindergarten in the next school year

Literacy, Writing To measure development of early literacy and writing skills Approx. 15 minutes total

Oct. 15 to Nov. 8

April 27 to May 22

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

Dec. 16 to Jan. 29

Mar. 9 to April 14

May 11 to June 9

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Screening Inventory—Revised (ESI-R)

Federal and State

ONLY for students without an individualized education program (IEP)

Speech, Language, Cognition, Perception, Motor Coordination To identify gaps in foundational skills and identify students who may be in need of additional supports Approx. 30 minutes total

Sept. 10 to Oct. 25

OR within 45 days of enrollment

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

Oct. 15 to Nov. 8

April 27 to May 22

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians

* 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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