STATE TESTING INFORMATION
Below is a snapshot of the various state tests:
Quarter 1: FSA ELA Retakes (Writing & Reading) - given to 11th and 12th graders who still need to satisfy this graduation requirement.
Algebra 1 EOC - given to students who have completed the course but have yet to take and/or pass the exam.
Quarter 2: Algebra 1 EOC - see above.
Quarter 3: ACCESS for ELLs - (state mandated language proficiency test) given to all current students classified as English Language Learners.
FSA ELA Retakes (Writing and Reading) - see above
Quarter 4: FSA ELA (Writing & Reading) - given to all 9th and 10th graders.
Algebra 1 EOC Retakes - students who have previously taken the exam but have yet to satisfy graduation requirement.
US History and Biology 1 EOC - students currently enrolled in respective courses.
Please see the Testing calendar for specific dates of each test administration. Testing windows are short and it is imperative for your student to be at school on the day they are scheduled to test.
Please call the Testing Office (352-291-4000, ext. 59729) if you have any questions.
Testing Policies for Parents/Guardians and Students
- Electronic Devices Policy - Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cellphones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they are turned off or students do not use them. If a student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
- Testing Rules Acknowledgement - All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgement 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 in their planning/worksheets/folders.
- Leaving Campus - If students leave campus before completing a session (for lunch, an appointment, illness, etc.), they will not be allowed to return to that session. Students and parents/guardians should be aware of this policy. If a student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for the student to wait and be tested on a make-up day.
- Discussing Test Content after Testing - The portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowlegement reads, "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 websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram." Please make sure that students understand this policy prior to testing and remind them that "discussing" test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites, etc.
- While your students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent them from discussing their testing experiences with parents/families.
What You Need to Know
On February 18, 2014, Florida adopted new educational standards for students in grades K-12. The Florida Standards detail expectations of what every child should be able to do at each grade level. Developed with unprecedented input from Florida teachers, educators, and the public, the new standards emphasize critical and analytical thinking that goes beyond memorization.
During the 2017-2018 school term, the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) subject tests will be English Language Arts (grades 9-10), Algebra 1, and Geometry. Reading and Writing are both components of the English Language Arts (ELA) subject area test. In addition to the FSA subject test, we will continue to administer Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) Biology 1 EOC (End of Course), and US History EOC. Both FSA and NGSSS tests are computer-based assessments.
Passing of the Grade 10 ELA and Algebra 1 EOC are both required in order to meet state graduation requirements. Students have the opportunity for retakes, if needed.
Beginning February 26th and continuing through the end of the school year, testing season will be in full swing. Our 9th and 10th graders will take the Florida Standards Assessment for English and Language Arts (FSA ELA), along with the state mandated End of Course (EOC) exams for Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry, and US History if they are enrolled in the class. Eleventh and 12th graders who have not attained the graduation requirement for English and/or Algebra 1 will get the opportunity to retake these exams.
The testing windows for these exams are limited; therefore, it is important that your child is present and on time for the day they are scheduled to test. Please check the calendar for specific testing dates.