Testing in Prekindergarten

Prekindergarten student tests

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. 

Assessment dates and delivery format for 2021-22 are subject to change based on shifts in school operations. 

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

ONLY for students who will transition to kindergarten in the next school year

Social Emotional Skills To measure self-control and the ability to successfully interact with peers and adults Approx. 20 minutes

Sept. 27 to Oct. 22

April 12 to May 20

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)

State

ONLY for Early Head Start students

Social-Emotional Skills To measure development of social-emotional skills Approx. 30 minutes 

Within 45 days of enrollment

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Drawing/Writing Assessment

Division

ONLY for students who will not transition to kindergarten in the next school year

Literacy, Writing To measure development of early literacy and writing skills Approx. 15 minutes 

Oct. 12 to Nov. 5

April 25 to May 20

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Childhood Rubric Division 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. 10 to Jan. 20

Mar. 21 to Mar. 31

May 31 to June 10

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS)

State

ONLY for students who will transition to kindergarten in the next school year

Mathematics To measure early mathematics abilities and growth Approx. 20 minutes

Sept. 27 to Oct. 22

April 12 to May 20

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

State

ONLY for students who will transition to kindergarten in the next school year

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

Oct. 12 to Nov. 5

April 25 to May 20

Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
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. 18 to Oct. 29

Jan. 10 to Jan. 20

Mar. 21 to Mar. 31

May 31 to June 10

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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