Student Testing

Students at Stenwood ES are tested in many areas throughout the year as a part of the teaching and learning cycle. Tests provide information about a child's development of knowledge and help teachers better plan for next steps in instruction.

The FCPS Grade Level Tests webpage (see link below) offers testing information for each grade level including: 

  • Purpose of test,
  • Time of year when test is typically scheduled, and 
  • Estimated amount of time student will need to take test.

SOL Testing

The state of Virginia has established achievement tests that are administered at the end of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades to measure the mastery of curriculum. The Standards of Learning Tests (SOLs) test students in the areas of reading, writing, math, history and science. Please plan around the dates that will be scheduled so that your child is available during the testing time frame.

  • Grade 3 – Math and Reading
  • Grade 4 – Math, Reading, and VA History
  • Grade 5 – Math, Reading, and Science
  • Grade 6 – Math and Reading

Universal Screener

Recently, FCPS adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in reading and math skills so that teachers can plan supports appropriate for each child. 

The universal screener is an online, computer-adaptive assessment. Computer-adaptive means that the difficulty of questions will adjust based on each child’s performance. When your child gets a question correct, the next question will be a little harder. When your child gets a question wrong, the next question will be a little easier. Through this adjustment process, the computer will narrow in on just the right level for your child.

The universal screener tests will be given three times each year. For the exact dates when your child will test, please contact your child’s teacher. After each testing window, your child’s teacher will share your child’s universal screener results with you. 


iReady is an interactive online learning environment and provides each child with access to individualized instruction based on skills they demonstrate on the assessment.

Immediately following the assessment, iReady will provide your child with needs-based online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering essential skills in reading and math. This tool, along with a variety of other assessments, will provide the teacher with formative information on student progress so they may tailor instruction, intervention, and enrichment to meet the needs of your child and identify areas for growth.

Our Testing Coordinator

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA)

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.

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). 

 SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These skills are important for collaboration and perspective taking. They also help students manage their feelings, address challenges, and reach their goals.