Testing in Kindergarten

Kindergarten student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), kindergarten tests focus on basic literacy and numeracy development. Required tests for kindergarteners 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. 

Kindergarten Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Format Results Distribution
Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) State Social Emotional Skills To measure self-control and the ability to successfully interact with peers and adults Approx. 20 minutes

Oct. 5 to Nov. 13

April 6 to April 23

At-Home (online teacher observation) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) State Mathematics To measure early mathematics abilities and growth Approx. 20 minutes

April 6 to April 23

In-Person (student interview) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
iReady Universal Screener Assessment State  Reading To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and measure progress of students identified for support Approx. 30 minutes

Oct. 5 to Nov. 13

April 26 to May 21

At-Home (online computer-adaptive) Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month


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 (paper-pencil) 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.

See other grade level tests

Link to grade level tests.

Find out more about student assessments

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