Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)


The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students' academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC 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 evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement. FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators. The skills assessed are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.

The assessment is administered annually to Grade 4 and 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.


FSA 2015 Administration Dates

  • Assessment Administration in Schools:
    January 12 – February 20, 2015


  • 2015 FSA Administration Instructions (PDF, 16.8MB)
  • 2015 Liste de controle pour les surveillants (PDF, 321KB)
  • FSA Updates
  • Samples
  • Specifications
  • Information for Parents
  • Training/Scoring Package
  • FSA Item-Level Response Reports
  • Questions and Answers