Testing in Grade 12

Grade 12 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 12 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for college and career. Required tests for twelfth graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Assessment dates and delivery format for 2021-22 are subject to change based on shifts in school operations. 

Grade 12 Required Tests

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

Division

ONLY for students in an Alg. 1 or Alg. 1 Part 1 course

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

Aug. 30 to Oct. 29

May 9 to June 10

Mailed or published in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month 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. 4 to Nov. 12

Feb. 2 to Feb. 25

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Performance Assessment for Language Students (PALS)

State

ONLY for students enrolled in a Level 4 or higher world language course and needing a test for the Biliteracy diploma seal

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure language progress and proficiency Approx. 3 hours  April 12 to June 9 Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades
Reading Inventory

Division

ONLY for students in a Literacy Lab or Literacy Essentials course

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

Aug. 30 to Oct. 29

May 9 to June 10

Mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

State

Social-Emotional Learning Skills To measure development of social-emotional learning, relationships, and well-being Approx. 20 minutes

Oct. 12 to Oct. 22

April 12 to May 6

Mailed to parents/guardians within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

State

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

Writing, Reading, 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. 6 to Feb. 4

Mar. 7 to Mar. 31 (Writing only)

April 25 to May 27

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of each non-writing 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 Oct. 18 to May 27 Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades
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  Jan. 18 to Mar. 18 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. 90 minutes  Within 14 days of entry from outside Virginia public schools Distributed to parents/ guardians within approx. 1 month
WorkKeys

State

ONLY for students needing verified credit to graduate by June

Reading, Writing To measure the ability to apply content knowledge to a real-world situation Approx. 30-45 minutes per subject

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

Feb. 14 to Feb. 18

Mar. 21 to Mar. 25

April 25 to April 29

May 23 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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