Testing in Grade 8

Grade 8 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 8 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for high school. Required tests for eighth 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 8 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Local Alternative Assessments State Writing, Social Studies To measure knowledge of grade level content standards in place of the SOL test Approx. 15 to 90 minutes per task Oct. 18 to May 27 Incorporated in ongoing classroom performance communication to parents/guardians
Math Inventory

Division

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

Mar. 7 to Mar. 31

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Reading Inventory

Division

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 Division 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 Reading, Mathematics, Science To measure knowledge of course content standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 2 hours per subject

April 25 to May 27

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) State

ONLY for students taught on an adapted curriculum

Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Writing To measure knowledge of aligned standards for state and federal accountability TBD Feb. 28 to May 27

Social Studies/ Writing distributed to parents/ guardians by the end of the school year.

Reading/ Mathematics/ Science mailed 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 Mailed 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. 90 minutes  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.

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