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
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Translations of the FSA parent brochure will be made available soon.
- FSA Specifications: Information on how the FSA will be assessed
- FSA Samples: Sample collaboration activity and sample questions, for teacher and student review
- 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
- 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 2020 (PDF) provides evidence for the reliability, validity, and fairness of the FSA marking process
- Past Reports: