Grade 2 Assessments

  • We are currently updating this page. This page will be updated on or before October 1, 2020. We will revise it to reflect the most current requirements from MSDE. 


    In AACPS, our Grade 2 students take district-required assessments in reading and mathematics as well as assessments used to identify students as gifted and talented. Although teachers may use the results of these assessments to determine student progress in class, these assessments should not be thought of as "tests" that students must study or prepare for.  

    Measuring Growth in Reading

    For reading, all students participate in the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) reading assessment program 2 times per year. F&P was developed 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.

    Students also take one reading assessment each year that monitors student progress in reading comprehension and writing. Teachers use the results from the F&P system, the required district reading assessment, and other teacher-created or selected assessments to support students in their efforts to become independent readers.

    To learn more about Guided Reading, view this Powerpoint.

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

    Measuring Growth in Mathematics

    In addition to reading, our Grade 2 students take one mathematics assessment per marking period. The district reading and mathematics assessments were written collaboratively by a team of Grade 2 teachers and content office staff. 

    Identifying "Gifted" Learners

    Maryland law requires that we identify and provide services for gifted students. In AACPS, we use two nationally-normed assessments, the CogAT and Performance Series, as just two of the several indicators that we use to identify students as gifted. Click here to learn more about Gifted and Talented Identification.  

    Time for Required District Assessments

    During the 9 month school year, all students will spend the following amount of time devoted to district-mandated assessments. In total, all Grade 2 students will spend 6.75 hours throughout the school year on district-required assessments.  

    • 120 minutes for F&P Reading Progress Monitoring System
    • 60 minutes for a district-created Reading and Writing Assessment
    • 135 minutes for 3 district-created Mathematics Assessment
    • 90 minutes for CogAT Assessment (all students)

    In addition to these district-mandated assessments, teachers use other teacher-created and teacher-selected assessments. Teachers may choose to use one additional district-created reading and mathematics assessment, but this is at the discretion of the individual teacher. 

    Assessment Schedule AACPS District Created/Selected Assessments

    To see the Grade 2 AACPS Mandated District-Created/Selected Assessment Fact Sheet, click here. 

    To see the K-2 AACPS Assessment Calendar, click here. Please note that the calendar provides a WINDOW of dates. Each school/teacher selects dates within the windows. Contact your child's school directly for the specific dates.