Elementary School

Test NameDatesGrades Tested
PALS9/17-10/26; 1/3-1/18/2019(K); 4/29-5/24/2019Grades K-3
Fountas & Pinnell9/10-10/14; 4/29-6/14/2019Grades 1-5
Math Screener9/10-11/02/2018;4/29-6/14/2019Grades K-2
NWEA MAP Growth9/17-10/12/2018; and 3/25-4/26/2019Grades 3-8
CogAT11/01-11/16/2018Grade 2
ACCESS for EL’s1/07-3/21/2019Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks1/21-02/08/2019Grades 2-12
NAEP1/28-3/08/2019Selected Schools and Students
Alternate Authentic Assessments4/30/2019Grade 3 History and Science; Grade 5 Writing
Non-Writing SOLS5/6-5/24/2019Grades 3-12
Henrico Assessments(HATs)5/6-6/07/2019Grades 2 and 4
Non-Writing SOLs5/28-6/13/2019Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes


Middle School

Test NameDatesGrades Tested
NWEA Map Growth9/17-10/12/2018 and 3/25-4/26/2019Grades 3-8
Writing Specialty Center Short Paper12/05-12/07/2018Grade 8
Writing Benchmark*Rescheduled to 1/9-1/18/2019Grade 6-8
Semester Exams12/11-12/14/2018Algebra 1, Geometry, Earth Science, World History 1
ACCESS for ELs1/7-3/21/2019Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks1/21-2/08/2019Grades 2-12
NAEP1/28-3/08/2019Selected Schools and Students
Writing SOL3/11-3/29/2019Grades 8 and 10
Writing HAT3/11-3/29/2019Grades 6 and 7
Alternate Authentic Assessments5/31/2019Grades 6-7 History
Non-Writing SOLs5/06-5/24/2019Grades 3-12
Non-Writing SOLs5/28-6/13/2019Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes

High School

Test NameDatesGrades Tested
Non-Writing SOL9/06-9/12/2018EOC Retakes
PSATOctober 10, 2018Grade 10
Writing SOL11/12-12/07/2018EOC Writing Retakes
Semester Exams12/11-12/14/2018Grades 9-12
Non-Writing SOLs1/7-2/15/2019EOC Retakes
ACCESS for ELs1/7-3/21/2019Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks1/21-2/08/2019Grades 2-12
NAEP1/28-3/08/2019Selected Schools and Students
Writing SOL3/11-3/29/2019Grades 8 and 10
WISE Financial Literacy Pretest2/25-3/08/2019Grades 10-12
AP Tests4/19-5/10/2019AP Courses 9-12
WISE Financial Literacy Test3/25-4/15/2019Grades 10-12
Non-Writing SOLs5/6-5/24/2019Grades 3-12
Non-Writing SOLs5/28-6/13/2019Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes
Work Keys6 windows throughout yearSubstitute test for EOC Writing, Reading and CTE Credentials test


Alternate Assessments per IEP

Test NameDatesGrades Tested
VAAP4/22-4/25/2019IEP Grades 3-8 and 11


Assessment Descriptions

  • ACCESS for EL’s – English language(EL) assessment for EL course placement
  • Alternative Authentic Assessments – portfolio type summative assessments given for SOL tests that were changed to performance based rather than multiple choice
  • AP Tests – standardized assessments to award credit for advanced placement coursework
  • Benchmarks – HCPS created assessments to target readiness for the Spring SOL tests and remediate areas needed
  • CogAT –Ability test given to 2ndgraders and those applying for gifted programs as part of the gifted identification process
  • EOC SOL Tests – SOL tests given for verified credits: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Reading(11), Writing(10), Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World History 1, World History 2 and VA/US History
  • Fountas and Pinnell – used to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of students
  • Henrico Assessments(HATs) – HCPS test to measure mastery of a subject
  • Math Screener – used to identify math performance targets for instruction and remediation
  • NAEP –national test to measure student achievement in Reading, Math and Science- used to report health of education in the nation, Virginia randomly chosen schools and students participate
  • NWEA MAPs Growth – Online diagnostic assessment to target learning objectives for Math and Reading, grades 3-8, also used as part of the admission to gifted, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Specialty Center programs
  • PALS – Virginia required Phonological Assessment for grades K-3 for targeted reading improvement
  • PSAT – Preliminary test to prepare students for the SAT taken for college entrance; HCPS pays for all 10thgraders, 9thgraders may pay $11 for the PSAT 8/9 and 11thgraders may pay $16 to take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Semester Exams– end of semester tests to assess achievement in high school coursework
  • SOLs-Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments given in Reading (grades 3-8 and 11), Writing (grades 8 & 10) Math (grades 3-8 and EOC Math), Science (grades 5, 8 and high school), and History (grades 4, 8 and high school); for EOC subjects, retests are given in the summer, winter and spring.
  • VAAP-VA Alternative compilation of evidence assessment for grades 3-8 and 11 for students with identified Individualized Education Program (IEP) needs
  • Work Keys-ACT standardized tests used as substitute tests when students have not been successful on some SOL or credentials tests
  • WISE Financial Literacy Test – Student Industry CTE Credential test approved for Economics and Personal Finance
  • Writing Specialty Center short paper – timed writing to a prompt assessment used for the Specialty Center and International Baccalaureate (IB) Application Process

If you have questions, please contact your school test coordinator or Catherine Durvin.

Catherine Durvin, HCPS Testing Specialist