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.
|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|
|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||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||
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|
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.