Testing in Grade 4
Grade 4 student tests
In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 4 tests focus on content knowledge and skills. Required tests for fourth 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.
|Test Name||Requirement Source||Content Tested||Purpose of Test||Time Needed*||Schedule**||Delivery***||Results Distribution|
|iReady Universal Screener Assessment||
Winter and Spring assessments ONLY for students below benchmark
|Reading, Mathematics||To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and monitor progress||Approx. 1 hour per subject||
Sept. 8 to Oct. 30
Dec. 14 to Feb. 26
April 6 to June 10
|In-Person or At-Home (online computer-adaptive)||Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month|
|Local Alternative Assessments||State||Social Studies||To measure knowledge of grade level content standards in place of the SOL test||
Approx. 10 to 40 minutes per task
|Sept. 8 to May 28||In-Person or At-Home (work samples)||Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians|
|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|
|Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests||State||Reading, Mathematics||To measure knowledge of grade level content standards for state and federal accountability||Approx. 2 hours per subject||
April 26 to June 4
|In-Person (computer-based)||Distributed to parents/guardians by the following August|
|Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)||State
ONLY for students taught on an adapted curriculum
|Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies||To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability||Varies with evidence collected throughout the year||Oct. 1 to April 14||In-Person or At-Home (work samples)||Distributed to parents/guardians by the following August|
|WIDA ACCESS for ELLS||
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)||Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August|
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)||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.
*** Delivery "at home" indicates the option to complete the assessment virtually. In some cases, the assessment may be completed at school with staff supervision when conditions permit. Delivery format "in-person" indicates that the assessment must be delivered at a school site with staff supervision due to specific test security requirements.