FSA Information for Parents of Grade 7 Students
Skills Assessment (FSA) is an annual province-wide assessment of British
Columbia students' academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well British
Columbia students are learning foundation skills in reading comprehension,
writing and numeracy. The main purpose of the assessment is to help the
province, school districts, schools and school planning councils to evaluate
how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student
achievement. The FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators.
The skills tested are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial
performance standards. The assessment is administered each year to Grade
4 and Grade 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.
The Student Learning Assessment
Order (Ministerial Order 60/94 as amended) (the “Order”) requires school boards
to ensure that the FSA tests are administered to and completed by students in
accordance with the assessment protocols, instructions and invigilation
procedures established by the Ministry of Education. In accordance with
the School Act, only the Principal has the authority to exclude children from
participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment. Principals may excuse
a student in the event of a family emergency, a lengthy illness or other
extenuating circumstances. In such circumstances, parents must discuss
their request with the Principal.
The following is an excerpt from
the Ministry’s “Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) Administration Instructions
2019” about participation guidelines:
Who Should Write the Assessment?
students write FSA including:
students enrolled in Grade 4 or Grade 7 of the English program, French
Immersion program or Programme francophone, including students enrolled in
a distributed learning program.
students enrolled in non-graded programs who were born in:
Grade 4 level
Grade 7 level
Language Learners (ELL) – formerly known as “English-as-a Second Language
with special needs who require adaptations, as documented in their
Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
receiving learning assistance services.
who have previously written the FSA. Students write the FSA for a specific
grade once only. If a student is retained, s/he does not write a second
who have IEPs documenting a disability that significantly impacts their
performance in reading, writing, or numeracy and who cannot meaningfully
participate in all or part of the assessment, even with adaptations.
with IEPs who would need extensive adaptations or who would need such extended
periods of time as to create a hardship for the individual student.
students who are reported and funded as receiving English Language Learning
(ELL) support who have not yet reached a level of proficiency sufficient for
them to provide meaningful responses to the reading or writing or numeracy
sections of the FSA.
Principals identify which
students, if any, are excused from one, two or all three components of the FSA.
Principals must notify a parent or guardian if they intend to excuse a student
from participating in one or more components of the FSA. Such
notification should be made prior to the administration date by letter or
Principals may excuse a
student in the event of a family emergency, a lengthy illness or other