Student Testing

Students at Colin Powell 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.

    Our school testing coordinators are Kelly Baugh and Kimberle Pendergrass. Please contact them via email at  khbaugh@fcps.edu and kapendergras@fcps.edu or at 571-522-6000 with questions about your child's testing program or test results. 

    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.