Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)

The administration of the FSA is being postponed until February 15 – March 12, 2021

2020 to 2021 Administration Dates

  • Assessment Administration in Schools runs from: February 15 – March 12, 2021
  • Scoring and Score Entry Deadline: April 9, 2021
  • Identifying Score Entry Errors and Students No longer Enrolled: April 9, 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: January 29, 2020

On this page:


FSA parent brochure

Translations of the FSA parent brochure will be made available soon.  


Specifications and samples

  • 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 February 15 – March 12, 2021
  • The Scoring and Score Entry deadline is April 9, 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 

Scoring