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.
|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)||
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
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.