Testing and Identification Timeline for Students Attending FCPS

Advanced Academic Programs

Testing Schedule

Schools administer tests to all FCPS students according to the timeline below. Students must be enrolled in and attending FCPS in order to be tested. One ability test score is required for the screening process.

October 12-22, 2021

Cognitive Abilities Tests administered to:

  • All students in Grade 2 and Grade 3
  • Students in Grades 4-7 with no score on file, not centrally eligible for Level IV services, and
  • Select students who are requesting a one-time retest*.

November 15-19 2021

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test administered to:

  • Certain students in Grades 2-7 who do not have an ability test score on file,
  • Select students who are requesting a one-time retest*.

March 21-25, 2022

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test administered to:

  • All students in Grade 1, and 
  • Certain students in Grades 2-7 who need an ability test score for spring Level IV screening.

*The one-time retest option for the NNAT or CogAT test is an option for families who feel their student did not perform well on the ability test for a variety of reasons.

Parents/Guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or NNAT. FCPS policy permits one retake of one ability test per student. Please submit the request to the local school by contacting the AART or assistant principal

Identification Schedule: Fall 2021

For FCPS students newly enrolled in FCPS and attending after January 2021.

October 7, 2021

  • Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form for new FCPS students (enrolled after January 2021) due to AART at attending elementary school or school counselor at the middle school

December 2021

  • Central Selection Committee meets
  • Eligibility decisions sent

January 11, 2022

  • Appeals due to AAP office

January 25, 2022

  • Eligible students in Grades 3-8 may attend full-time AAP sites beginning second semester

Identification Schedule: Spring 2022

December 15, 2021

  • Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and optional materials for students in Grade 2 who are not in the screening pool and students in Grades 3–7 due to Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at attending elementary school or school counselor at the middle school.  
  • PLEASE NOTE:
    • The screening pool will be announced in early December. 
    • If you would like your student screened you may submit a referral from August 23-December 15, 2021. No exceptions to the referral deadline are made.

March 2022

  • Central Selection Committee meets

April 4-5, 2022

  • Eligibility decisions sent

April 14-29, 2022

  • Full-time AAP orientations held at Level IV sites (elementary school only).

May 12, 2022

  • Appeals due to AAP office

Fall 2022

  • Eligible students in Grades 3-8 may attend full-time AAP sites beginning first semester