Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA)
Virginia legislation requires growth assessments for Grade 3-8 students beginning in fall 2021
In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced a new expectations for state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. The purpose of these new assessments is to measure students' growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. Based on this legislation, students in grades 3-8 will be taking a Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) this fall.
For fall 2021, the VGA will focus on identifying potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most FCPS students in grades 3-8 will take VGAs in the subject areas of reading and mathematics. Students enrolled in a high school level math course will not be assessed in mathematics. VGA are computer-adaptive tests consisting of SOL-type items. Questions cover content that would have been taught in the previous grade level.
VGAs must be taken at the school under supervision of school staff. Schools will provide information about the test schedule of their building.