Testing in PreK

Testing PreK Requirements

Students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) PreK: Family and Early Childhood Education Program (FECEP)/Head Start classes are assessed to monitor their early skill development. Required tests for FCPS PreK: FECEP/Head Start students are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

  • Prekindergarten Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Ages and Stages Questionnaire

State

ONLY for students without an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social Skills To identify gaps in foundational skills and identify students who may be in need of additional supports Approx. 30 minutes  Within 45 days of enrollment Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
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. 26 to Oct. 21

April 11 to May 19

Mailed or published in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
Early Childhood Rubric State Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical and Social-Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning To measure development across a broad range of skills Approx. 30 minutes 

Jan. 17 to Jan. 25

Mar. 27 to April 12

May 30 to June 9

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. 26 to Oct. 21

April 11 to May 19

Mailed or published in the SIS ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
PreK Language and Literacy Screener

State

Phonological Awareness, Literacy To identify gaps in foundational literacy skills and measure progress Approx. 30 minutes 

Oct. 11 to Nov. 4

April 24 to May 19

Mailed or published in the SIS  ParentVUE Documents tab within approx. 2 months of the close of the assessment window
PreK Progress Summary Forms Division Literacy, Numeracy, Social Skills To provide parents/guardians and caregivers quarterly updates on student strengths and strategies to support at home Ongoing

Oct. 17 to Oct. 28

Jan. 17 to Jan. 25

Mar. 27 to April 12

May 30 to June 9

Distributed to parents/guardians at the end of each quarter

* 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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