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. 

Grade 8 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Local Alternative Assessments (LAA) 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. 3 to May 26 Incorporated in ongoing classroom performance communication to parents/guardians
Math Inventory

Division

Winter and Spring ONLY for students below fall benchmark or in a math intervention course

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. 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. 3 to Nov. 10

Mar. 20 to April 20

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

May 1 to June 2

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

Varies 

Approx. 15 to 45 minutes per task

Feb. 27 to May 26

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

Reading/ Mathematics/ Science mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab by the start of the next school year

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) State Reading, Mathematics To measure progress in grade level content standards throughout the year Approx. 1 hour per subject Sept. 19 to Oct. 7

Nov. 29-Jan. 10

Mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab 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 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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