Testing in Grade 3

Grade 3 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 3 is a transition year for student testing. It is the first year with required Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Required tests for third 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 3 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Division

ONLY students not enrolled in a AAP Level IV Center

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) To identify potential Advanced Academic Program (AAP) services. Approx. 2 hours  Oct. 12 to Oct. 29 Distributed to parents/guardians prior to the winter break
Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)

State

ONLY for students new to Virginia public schools who score below benchmark on iReady Reading test

Reading Accuracy, Fluency, and Comprehension Skills To determine potential need for literacy intervention or support Approx. 30 minutes Sept. 8 to Oct. 29 Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Developmental Spelling Assessment (DSA) Division Spelling To measure development of spelling skills Approx. 15 minutes

Aug. 30 to Oct. 1

May 23 to June 10

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
iReady

State (Reading)

Division (Mathematics)

Spring expectations are TBD

Reading, Mathematics To identify gaps in foundational academic skills and monitor progress  Approx. 1 hour per subject

Sept. 8 to Oct. 29

April 12 to May 20

Distributed to parents/guardians within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Horizon Division Assessment

Division 

Expectations are TBD

Reading, Mathematics To measure knowledge of grade level content standards prior to SOL tests Approx. 1 hour per subject Feb. 7 to Mar. 18 Available through student Horizon account and incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Local Alternative Assessments State Science, Social Studies To measure knowledge of grade level content standards in place of the SOL test Approx. 10 to 45 minutes per task Oct. 18 to May 27 Incorporated in ongoing classroom performance communication to parents/guardians
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. 12 to Oct. 22

Jan. 25 to Feb. 11

April 25 to May 13

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests State Reading, Mathematics To measure knowledge of grade level content standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 2 hours per subject

April 25 to May 27

Distributed to parents/ guardians by the start of the next school year
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)

State

ONLY for students taught on an adapted curriculum

Reading, Mathematics To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability TBD Jan. 5 to June 4 Distributed to parents/ guardians by the start of the next school year
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) State Reading, Mathematics To identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic Approx. 1 hour per subject Sept. 20 to Oct. 15 Distributed to parents/guardians within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
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. 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

See other grade level tests

Link to grade level tests.

Find out more about student assessments

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