Testing in Grade 8
Grade 8 student tests
In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 8 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for high school. Required tests for eighth 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|
|Horizon Divisionwide Formative Assessments||Division||Reading, Mathematics||To measure knowledge of course content standards prior to SOL tests||Approx. 1 hour per subject||Mar. 1 to Mar. 26||In-Person (computer-based)||Available through student Horizon account and incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians|
|Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests||State||Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Civics||To measure knowledge of course content standards for state and federal accountability||Approx. 2 hours per subject||
Mar. 1 to Mar. 19 (Writing only)
May 3 to June 7
|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, Science, Social Studies, Writing||To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability||Varies with evidence collected throughout the year||Oct. 1 to April 14||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. 19 to Mar. 11||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. 90 minutes 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.