Testing in Grade 1
Grade 1 student tests
In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 1 tests focus on basic literacy and numeracy development. Required tests for first graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name.
|Test Name||Requirement Source||Content Tested||Purpose of Test||Time Needed*||Schedule**||Results Distribution|
|Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA)||Division||Spelling||To measure development of spelling skills||Approx. 15 minutes||
Aug. 23 to Sept. 30
April 11 to June 9
|Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians|
State (Reading, Oral Reading Fluency)
Winter ONLY for students below fall benchmarks
Mathematics, Reading, Oral Reading Fluency
|To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and measure progress of skill development||Approx. 30 minutes per subject||
Aug. 23 to Sept. 30
Dec. 12 to Feb. 3
April 11 to May 19
|Mailed or published in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window|
|Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)||Division||Intelligence Quotient (IQ)||To identify potential Advanced Academic Program services.||Approx. 30 minutes||Mar. 6 to Mar. 17||Distributed to parents/guardians within approx. 1 month|
|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||Jan. 17 to Mar. 17||Distributed to parents/ guardians by the start of the next school year|
ONLY for potential English learners
|Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening||To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law||Approx. 2 hours||Within 14 days of entry from outside Virginia public schools||Distributed to parents/ guardians within approx. 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.