Test Name Dates Grades Tested
PALS 9/16-10/29; 1/6-1/24/2020 (K); 5/4-5/22/2020 Grades K-3
VKRP 9/23-10/11/19; 4/13-5/01/2020 Grade K
Fountas & Pinnell 9/9-10/4;1/6/-30/2020; 5/4/-6/5/2020 Grades K-5
Math Screener 9/9-10/11/2019;4/27-5/29/2020 Grades 1-2
NWEA MAP Growth 9/9-10/11/2019; and 3/23-4/24/2020 Grades 3-8 (Some Elementary will test only in the fall)
CogAT 11/04-11/22/2019 Grade 2
ACCESS for EL’s 1/21-3/20/2020 Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks 1/20-2/07/2020 Grades 2-12
NAEP No Henrico Schools selected 2019-20 Selected Schools and Students
Alternate Authentic Assessments 6/01/2020 Grade 3 History and Science; Grade 5 Writing
Non-Writing SOLS 5/4-5/22/2020 Grades 3-12
Henrico Assessments(HATs) 5/4-6/5/2020 Grades 2 and 4
Non-Writing SOLs 5/26-6/11/2020 Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes

Middle School

Test Name Dates Grades Tested
NWEA Map Growth 9/9-10/11/2019; and 3/23-4/24/2020 Grades 3-8
Writing Specialty Center Short Paper 1/6-1/10/2020 Grade 8
ACCESS for ELs 1/21-3/20/2020 Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks 1/20-2/07/2020 Grades 2-12
NAEP No Henrico Schools selected 2019-20 Selected Schools and Students
Writing SOL 3/9-3/27/2020 Grades 8 and 10
Writing HAT 3/9-3/27/2020 Grades 6 and 7
Alternate Authentic Assessments 06/01/2020 Grades 6-7 History
Non-Writing SOLs 5/4-5/22/2020 Grades 3-12
Non-Writing SOLs 5/26-6/11/2020 Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes

High School

Test NameDatesGrades Tested
Non-Writing SOL9/05-9/13/2019EOC Retakes
PSATOctober 16, 2019Grade 10
Writing SOL10/21-11/01/2019EOC Writing Retakes
Non-Writing SOLs1/6/-1/31/2020EOC Retakes
ACCESS for ELs1/21-3/20/2020Grades K-12
Semester Benchmarks1/20-2/07/2020Grades 2-12
NAEPNo Henrico Schools selected 2019-20Selected Schools and Students
Writing SOL3/9-3/27/2020Grades 8 and 10
WISE Financial Literacy Pretest2/25-3/6/2020Grades 10-12
AP Tests5/4-5/15/2020AP Courses 9-12
WISE Financial Literacy Test3/31-4/20/2020Grades 10-12
Non-Writing SOLs5/4-5/22/2020Grades 3-12
Non-Writing SOLs5/26-6/11/2020Grades 3-12 Expedited Retakes
Work Keys6 windows throughout yearSubstitute test for EOC Writing, Reading and CTE Credentials test

Alternate Assessments per IEP

Test Name Dates Grades Tested
VAAP 4/22-4/23/2020 IEP 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 2nd graders 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 10th graders, 9th graders may pay $11 for the PSAT 8/9 and 11th graders may pay $16 to take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • 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
  • VKRP- Virginia required kindergarten Readiness Program assessment for math and social skills
  • 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