Testing in Grade 6

Grade 6 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 6 tests extend and build on content knowledge and skills. Required tests for sixth 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 6 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Delivery*** Results Distribution
Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT)

Division

ONLY for students enrolled in Advanced Mathematics 6

Pre-Algebra To measure readiness in abstract thinking Approx. 1 hour total  Jan. 11 to Mar. 12 In-Person (paper/pencil) Distributed to parents/guardians within 2 months
iReady Universal Screener Assessment

Division

ONLY for students enrolled at elementary schools

Winter and Spring assessments ONLY for students below benchmark

Reading, Mathematics To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and monitor progress Approx. 1.5 hours 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 45 minutes per task Sept. 8 to May 28 In-Person or At-Home (work samples) Incorporated in ongoing classroom performance communication to parents/guardians
Math Inventory

Division

ONLY for students enrolled at middle schools 

Winter assessment ONLY for students scoring basic or below basic in fall

Mathematics  To identify a current mathematical developmental skill level and monitor growth Approx. 45 minutes total

Sept. 21 to Nov. 3

Dec. 7 to Feb. 26

April 26 to June 11

In-Person or At-Home (computer-based) Generally distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month (Note: A new reporting process may delay reporting of fall results.)
Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)

State

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
Reading Inventory

Division

ONLY for students enrolled at middle schools

Winter assessment ONLY for students scoring basic or below basic in fall

Reading To identify a current reading developmental skill level and monitor growth Approx. 45 minutes total

Sept. 10 to Oct. 30

Jan. 4 to Feb. 5

May 7 to June 11

 

In-Person or At-Home (computer-based) Generally distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month (Note: A new reporting process may delay reporting of fall results.)
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 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

State

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
WIDA Screener

State

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. 

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