• Dear Parent/Guardian,

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Grade 6-9 ELA Writing/ELA Reading/Mathematics test(s) on [See Test Schedule Below]. If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the item types and response formats your student will see on the FSA assessments, sample test questions and answer keys are available at http://fsassessments.org/training-tests

    The statewide assessment program is designed to provide parents, teachers, policy makers, and the general public with information regarding how well students are learning Florida’s academic standards. According to section 1008.22(3), Florida Statutes, “Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools, including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the parent with information regarding the implications of such nonparticipation.” If you wish to access this legislation, please go to http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1008/Sections/1008.22.html.

     For information regarding test session length for all Spring 2015 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Parents tab, select Student and Parent Resources, select the Spring 2015 FSA ELA and Mathematics folder, and then select Spring 2015 Testing Times.

     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 and smartphones, at any time during testing OR during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they 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. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.

    §  Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed on the Writing planning sheet or in the student’s Reading or Mathematics test and answer book 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 sheet or in their test and answer book.

    §  Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not reveal details about the passages or items to anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    §  Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own 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. FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

    • Leaving Campus—If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

    If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact R Keith Mercer at 727-469-4112. For more information about the FSA assessment 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.

     Sincerely,

     Chris Bates

     

    Test

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade

     

     

     

     

    FSA Writing
    Paper Based Test

    All 6th Grade Students
    March 3rd

    Non CGS Students
    March 3rd

     

    FSA Writing
    Computer Based Test

     

    7th Grade CGS Students
    March 11th

    All 8th Grade Students
    March 5th – March 10th

    FCAT Science
    Paper Based Test

     

     

    All 8th Grade Students
    April 15th

    FSA Reading
    Computer Based Test
    Two Day Test

    April 13th – May 1st

    April 13th – May 1st

    April 13th – May 1st

    FSA Math
    Computer Based Test
    Two Day Test

    April 13th – May 1st
    Math 1 Students Only

    April 13th – May 1st
    Math 2 Students Only

    April 13th – May 1st
    Pre-Alg Students Only

    Students taking the Algebra or Geometry EoC will NOT take the FSA Math test.

    Civics EOC
    Computer Based Test
    One Day Test

     

    May 11th – May 15th

     

    Algebra EOC
    Computer Based Test
    Two Day Test

     

    April 27th – May 8th

    April 27th – May 8th

    Geometry EOC
    Computer Based Test|
    Two Day Test

     

     

    May 4th – May 15th

     

    Middle School End of Course Exams

    During the 2014-2015 school year, the state of Florida instituted the Middle School Exam Policy (F.S. 1008.22 (6).  This policy states that each school district shall administer for each class offered in the district a student assessment that measures mastery of the content, as described in the state-adopted description, at the necessary level of rigor for the course.  Such assessments may include:

                    1.  Statewide assessments

                    2.  Other standardized assessments, including nationally recognized standardized assessments

                    3.  Industry certification examinations

                    4.  District-developed or district-selected End of Course assessments

    District level semester exams, mid-terms and/or End of Course (EOC) exams are mandatory for middle school.  Students who fail to take the End of Course (EOC) and/or mid-term exam will receive a grade of zero on the exam.  Please see the reverse side of this letter for a description of how your student’s exams affect his or her grade.

    ***Exam week for first semester is scheduled for Monday, December 15 through Thursday, December 18, with designated dates for make-up exams scheduled on Thursday afternoon through the school day on Friday, December 19th, 2014. ***

    While it is understandable that various factors outside of a student’s or family’s control may affect attendance, it is of great importance that students be in attendance during the semester exam week.  If illness or other significant situations occur during exam week, we will make every effort to make up these critical exams with your students.  However, considering that these exams are 10% of a student’s final grade for the semester for year-long courses, and 10% of the final grade for semester-long courses, we strongly urge you avoid absences, and schedule your family calendar accordingly.

     
    Grading Schemes By Grade Level
     
    6th Grade Course Breakdown - Link
     
    7th Grade Course Breakdown - Link
     
    8th Grade Course Breakdown - Link