Testing in Grade 2

Grade 2 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 2 tests focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills. Required tests for second graders 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. 

Grade 2 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Delivery Results Distribution
iReady Universal Screener Assessment

State (Reading)

Division (Mathematics)

Winter assessment ONLY for students below fall benchmark 

Reading, Mathematics To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and measure progress of students identified for support. Approx. 45 minutes per subject

Sept. 8 to Oct. 30

April 19 to May 21

In-Person or At-Home (online computer-adaptive) Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month
Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)


ONLY for students without a prior ability score

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) To identify potential Advanced Academic Program services. Approx. 30 minutes total

Nov. 30 to Jan. 8

April 6 to April 19

In-Person (computer-based) 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. 4 to May 7 In-Person (computer-based and paper-pencil) Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August
WIDA Screener


ONLY for potential English learners

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law Approx. 2 hours total Within 30 days of entry from outside Virginia In-Person (computer-based and paper/pencil) Distributed to parents/ guardians within 1 month

* 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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