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IMPORTANT FSA TESTING INFORMATION

posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:49 AM by Donna Burns

Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), ELA Writing/ELA Reading/Mathematics,  FCAT Science, Civics and/or Algebra 1 End-of-Course (EOC)] assessment(s) will be given on the following dates:

Tuesday 3/6                                    gr 4-8            Writing FSA     4th – 7th PBT & 8th CBT

Tues and Wed 4/10 and 4/11     gr 3                 ELA FSA          PBT

Tues and Wed 4/17 and 4/18      gr 4-8             ELA FSA            CBT

Tues and Wed 4/24 and 4/25      gr 3rd-8         Math FSA         CBT

Tues and Wed 5/1 and 5/2          gr 5 & 8          Science FCAT   PBT

Tuesday 5/1                                    gr 7                 Civics EOC        CBT

Tuesday 5/ 8 and 5/9                   gr 8th             Algebra EOC     CBT

 

PBT= Paper Based Test

CBT = Computer Based Test

 

Your student will have an opportunity to participate in a practice test to become familiar with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the computer-based practice test at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.  

For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2018 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, select the Frequently Asked Questions card, then select the question: “How long are the tests?”  

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

§  Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.   Students will be required to have headphones/earbuds with them for the ELA portion.  Kindly requesting to ensure they have these devices with them as they will not be able to take the test without them.

§ Calculators—For Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics, approved calculators may be used during Sessions 2 and 3 only. For EOC assessments, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. Calculators are not permitted during Grades 3–6 Mathematics tests.

§ Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement on their planning sheets, worksheets, or work folders.

§  Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test items or passages after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites, etc. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.

  • Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If a student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session.  Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
  • Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL), please be ensured that the accommodations will be provided for your child.   Testing dates for your child might slightly deviate from the above schedule. 

If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact your homeroom teacher or administration.  

For more information about the FSA program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration, sleep early the previous night, eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and be on time as to avoid any forms of stressing.  Please note that during testing dates, the school will remain on “lockout” and no guests will be allowed to enter the school until all students are finished.

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