Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)

In recognition of the unique circumstances facing schools as they resume in-class instruction in the context of COVID-19 this fall, the timing for the administration of the FSA is being postponed until January 18- February 26, 2021. These new dates for administration will provide schools with more time to prepare for these assessments.

2020 to 2021 Administration Dates

  • Assessment Administration in Schools runs from: January 18 - February 26, 2021
  • Scoring and Score Entry Deadline: March 12, 2021
  • Identifying Score Entry Errors and Students No Longer Enrolled: March 12, 2021

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of all B.C. students’ academic skills in grades 4 and 7, and provides parents, teachers, schools, school districts and the Ministry of Education with important information on how well students are progressing in the foundation skills of Reading, Writing, and Numeracy.

Last updated: September 25, 2020

On this page:

  • FSA Specifications: Information on how the FSA will be assessed
  • FSA Samples: Sample collaboration activity and sample questions, for teacher and student review 

Updates for 2020 to 2021 FSA

  • FSA 2020 to 2021 live online administration will be available from January 18 to February 26, 2021
  • The Scoring and Score Entry deadline is March 12, 2021
  • Students will respond to online questions and questions in paper student booklet
  • In order for students to demonstrate problem solving skills in numeracy, the numeracy written response questions may require students to solve problems in multiple parts and steps
  • The 2020 to 2021 FSA reports for individual students will be ready for use by teachers and students and to share with parents, along with the students’ writing response booklets, once score entry is complete. This report will include student performance on proficiency levels with descriptive, strength-based language 


  • All written response questions for the FSA will be scored at the school or district level. Funding will be provided to support scoring activities
  • The Ministry provides support for scoring/training that includes:
  • The Ministry of Education monitors district and school based scoring of the written-response sections of the FSA by re-scoring a sample of student response booklets from each district and a number of independent schools. The FSA Provincial Marking Monitoring Report 2019 (PDF) provides evidence for the reliability, validity, and fairness of the FSA marking process
  • Past Reports: