Testing in Grade 9

Grade 9 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 9 tests measure students' learning of specific and broad content and skills. Required tests for ninth 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 9 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) Division Mental Health and Wellness To identify symptoms of depression  Approx. 10 minutes Aug. 23 to Dec. 16 Incorporated in ongoing classroom performance communication to parents/guardians
Math Inventory

Division

ONLY for students in an Alg. 1, Geom., and AFDA courses

Winter and Spring ONLY for students below fall benchmark

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

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

State

ONLY for enrolled in a SOL course who need a test for federal participation or verified credit for graduation

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

Nov. 29 to Jan. 10

April 24 to June 2

Published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 1 month of the close of the 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  Aug. 29 to May 26 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. 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. 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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