Testing in Grade 9

Grade 9 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 9 tests measure students' learning of specific and broad content and skills. Required tests for ninth 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 9 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Delivery Results Distribution
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Industry Certification Exams

State

ONLY for students enrolled in a CTE course 

Industry standards for the CTE area each student has chosen to pursue To measure proficiency with industry content and skills Approx. 1-6 hours per certification

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

In-Person (computer-based and paper/pencil) Communicated to parents/guardians through student transcripts
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

State

ONLY for students enrolled in an SOL course or needing a verified credit for graduation

Mathematics, Science, History To measure knowledge of course content standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 2 hours per subject

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

Dec. 7 to Jan. 15

April 19 to June 7

In-Person (computer-based) Distributed to parents/guardians within 3 months
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. 19 to Mar. 11 In-Person (computer-based) Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August
WIDA Screneer

State

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.

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