Kindergarten and Grade 1 Assessments

  • In AACPS, the only required assessments we have for our kindergarten and 1st grade students is the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (for select students only) and the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P).

    Click here to learn more about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

    Measuring Growth in Reading

    F&P is used to determine student’s independent and instructional reading levels. Teachers work with students individually and allow students to read to teachers in a one-on-one environment. This dedicated, individual time allows teachers to observe individual student reading behaviors, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction. Teachers use the results from the F&P system to support students in their efforts to become independent readers.

    Although teachers use the results of these assessments to determine next steps for students, F&P does not affect a student's grade and should not be thought of as a "test."

    Measuring Growth in Mathematics

    Teachers have the option of using the district math "checkups" to measure student growth in mathematics or teachers may choose to make their mathematics assessments. There are no mandated mathematics assessments in Grades K-1. 

    F&P Assessment Schedule and Time

    During the 9 months of schools, students will spend approximately 1.5 hours participating in the F&P Reading Monitoring Program. 

    During each administration, each student will spend approximately 30 minutes reading one-on-one with his/her teacher in order for the teacher to closely monitor student progress in reading.

    The administration dates are as follows:

    • Fall Administration -- October 9 -- November 17
    • Winter Administration -- February 9 -- March 16
    • Spring Administration -- May 1 -- June 8 

    To learn more about Guided Reading, view this Powerpoint.

    To read more about individual F&P levels, refer to thse Parent Guides.

    To see the Kindergarten AACPS Mandated District-Created/Selected Assessment Fact Sheet, click here

    To see the Grade 1 AACPS Mandated District-Created/Selected Assessment Fact Sheet, click here