The Foundation Skills assessment does NOT measure any outcomes from the Grades 4 or 7 curriculum. It is a cumulative review of outcomes taught in K - 3 or K - 6. The earlier administration date is designed to get preliminary results back to the schools much earlier in the year, so that they can be used as another tool to guide instruction.
As a provincially prescribed assessment, all Grade 4 and Grade 7 students are expected to participate in the FSA. There are specific exemptions identified by the Ministry regarding students who have previously written the FSAs at that grade level, some students with IEPs and some students receiving EAL support.
A parent/guardian wishing to request that a student be excused from participating in the 2020 FSA can do so under the following exemptions as set out by the Ministry of Education: