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Fairfax County Public School Testing Requirements

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Article excerpts from http://www.fcps.edu/testing.htm and submitted by www.tri-edtutoring.com Tri-Ed Tutoring offers private 1:1 in-home tutoring services by appointment in all areas of DC, MD, and Northern Virginia.

Testing 

(posted by fcps.edu — with similar standards and definitions applying to all Virginia students)

Certain tests may be required for all students at a grade level or in a group. The Virginia Department of Education requires some of the tests; others are required by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Under Virginia requirements, Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are given in reading and mathematics to all students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and science tests are given to students in grades 3, 5, and 8. History SOL tests are administered in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. In high school, SOL tests in English, mathematics, science, and history are administered when students complete specific courses. Office of Student Testing

STANDARDS OF LEARNING

The Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools describe the commonwealth’s expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education.

OTHER TESTS

  • GED (General Educational Development)–The GED test gives adults who did not graduate from high school the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Call 703-503-6442 for more information.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions Test–Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is a Fairfax County public school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. Selection of students for admission to TJHSST is a competitive process. All applicants must take an admissions examination.
  • Assessment information for students with disabilities–No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires all students, including those with disabilities, to be assessed on statewide accountability measures. In Virginia, students with disabilities participate in statewide assessments in grades 3-8 and at the end of certain high school courses.
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