Testing in Grade 10

Grade 10 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 10 tests measure students' learning of specific and broad content and skills. Required tests for tenth graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Grade 10 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Math Inventory

Division

ONLY for students in an Algebra 1, Geometry, and AFDA courses

Winter and Spring ONLY for students below fall benchmark

Mathematics To identify a current mathematical developmental skill level and monitor growth Approx. 45 minutes

Aug. 29 to Sept. 30

Dec. 5 to Jan. 25

May 8 to June 9

Published in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
NoRedInk Writing Diagnostic Division Writing  To monitor progress in writing mechanics and grammar usage skills Approx. 30 minutes

Oct. 3 to Nov. 10

Mar. 20 to April 20

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
PISA-Based OECD Test for Schools

Division

ONLY for students identified in a random sampling of 15-year-olds

Reading, Mathematics, Science To measure skills and creative application of knowledge using real world problems Approx. 2 hours total Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 School and division performance incorporated in annual reporting to the School Board; individual student results are not available
Preliminary SAT (PSAT) Division Reading, Logical Reasoning, Mathematics To measure readiness for advanced coursework Approx. 3 hours  Oct. 12 Available through student College Board account and incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Reading Inventory

Division

Winter and Spring ONLY for students below fall benchmark

Reading To identify a current reading developmental skill level and monitor growth Approx. 45 minutes

Aug. 29 to Sept. 30

Dec. 5 to Jan. 25

May 8 to June 9

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Division Social-Emotional Learning Skills To measure development of social-emotional learning, relationships, and well-being Approx. 20 minutes

Oct. 17 to Nov. 4

Mar. 1 to Mar. 24

Mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

State

ONLY for enrolled in a SOL course who need a test for federal participation or 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

Nov. 29 to Jan. 10

April 24 to June 2

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
State Performance-Based Assessments (PBAs)

State

ONLY for students in a social studies course identified for PBAs

History To measure social studies disciplinary skills as part of a collection of evidence used to locally award verified credit  toward graduation Approx. 1-3 hours  Aug. 29 to May 26 Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)

State

ONLY for students taught on an adapted curriculum

Science To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 15 to 45 minutes per task Feb. 27 to June 2 Mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab by the start of the next school year
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. 17 to Mar. 17 Distributed to parents/ guardians by the start of the next school year
WIDA Screener

State

ONLY for potential English learners

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law Approx. 2 hours total  Within 14 days of entry from outside Virginia public schools Distributed to parents/ guardians within approx. 1 month
World Language Performance Assessment for Language Students (PALS)

Division

ONLY for students Level 1-5, AP, IB, or DE world language courses

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive skills  Approx. 2 hours total  April 17 to June 9 Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians

* 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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