Preparing for Spring Assessments

Spring assessments measure student learning and progress

Purpose of Spring Assessments

As we approach the end of the school year, students will be participating in spring assessments based on their grade level and courses. A list of assessments for each grade level provides the spring dates for required tests. Spring assessments may come in many formats.

Summative Assessments

Summative assessments like Standards of Learning (SOL), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams measure how students have learned content and skills from coursework.

Progress Assessments

Progress assessments like Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP), iReady tests, Math Inventory, and Reading Inventory measure growth in grade-level skills since the fall.

Performance Assessments

Performance assessments allow students to demonstrate strengths and competencies, such as Portrait of a Graduate (POG) or Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Classroom Assessments

Classroom assessments are part of ongoing teaching and learning. Teachers may assign culminating projects or final exams for certain subjects or courses.  

Please keep in mind that spring assessments do not signal the end of coursework for the year. Learning continues through the last day of school.

How are results from spring assessments communicated?

How Can Families Prepare for Assessments

You can help students perform their best with these actions. 

  • Remind your student to get a good night’s rest 
  • Remind your student to have a healthy breakfast 
  • Avoid scheduling appointments that would take your student out of school on a testing day

Schools set dates for each assessment and communicate schedules to students and families. It is important that students attend school on these dates. If you become aware of a conflict that could result in your student missing a test, please notify your student’s school as soon as possible.

Where to Find Additional Information About Spring Assessments

Additional information about spring assessments can be found through these resources:

Contact the Office of Assessment and Reporting