Testing in Kindergarten

Kindergarten student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), kindergarten tests focus on basic literacy and numeracy development. Required tests for kindergarteners 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.

Kindergarten Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) State Social Emotional Skills To measure self-control and the ability to successfully interact with peers and adults Approx. 20 minutes

Sept. 20 to Oct. 15

April 12 to May 20

Distributed to parents/guardians within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Early Development Instrument (EDI) Division Physical Health and Well-Being, Social Competence and Emotional Maturity, Language and Communication Skills, Cognitive Development and General Knowledge To provide a holistic view of child development across schools Approx. 20 minutes Jan. 25 to Feb. 28 Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) State Mathematics To measure early mathematics abilities and growth Approx. 20 minutes

Sept. 20 to Oct. 15

April 12 to May 20

Distributed to parents/guardians within approx. 1 month of the close of the assessment window
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

State

Reading To identify gaps in foundational literacy skills and measure progress Approx. 30 minutes

Oct. 4 to Oct. 29

April 25 to May 20

Distributed to parents/guardians 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

Jan. 25 to Feb. 11

April 25 to May 13

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
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. 18 to Mar. 18 Distributed to parents/ guardians by the start of the next school year
WIDA Screener

State

ONLY for potential English learners

Speaking, Listening

Beginning Jan. 25: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law

Approx. 15 to 30 minutes

Aug. 23 to . 16 to Sept. 21

OR within 14 days of enrollment

Distributed to parents/guardians within 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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