Assessment Programs

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).  It is given annually in Florida to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

     

    ACT

    The ACT is one of two widely used college entrance exams. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

     

    Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

    The Florida EOC Assessments are given on the computer and measure each student’s in depth knowledge of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in particular courses such as Biology, Civics, and US History.  The Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry EOC assessments measure each student's knowledge of the Florida Standards in those courses.  EOC assessments provide detailed results to help determine where students are struggling in certain classes and help a teacher focus on the standards for a course and rigor with which the material needs to be taught.  

     

    Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS)

    The FLKRS is a state-mandated screening instrument that is used with first-time kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year. This screening assists teachers in understanding the learning needs of children entering school and will help teachers target instruction for these children.

      

    Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA)

    The FSAA is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities whose participation in general statewide assessments is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA measures student performance on the Florida Standards Access Points in Language Arts, Math, and Science at three levels of complexity. 

     

    Florida Standards Assessments

    Starting in the 2014-15 school year, Florida began administering the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) to determine how well students are meeting the new Florida Standards.  The FSA includes more than just multiple choice or simple fill-in-the-blank questions.  Students are asked to create graphs, interact with test content, and write and respond in different ways than on traditional tests.  Question types assess students’ higher order thinking skills in keeping with the higher expectations of the Florida Standards.  Parents, students, and educators can preview samples of new question types by taking practice tests that are available for anyone interested in reviewing them.

     

    In 2016-17, the FSA subject area tests will be English Language Arts (grades 3-10), Mathematics (grades 3-8), Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  Reading and Writing are both components of the English Language Arts (ELA) subject area test, with the exception of the grade 3 ELA which has no writing component.  The FSA ELA Reading for grade 3 and FSA ELA Writing for grades 4-7 will be paper-based assessments.  Grades 4 and up FSA ELA Reading, and grades 8 and up FSA ELA Writing, and grades 3 and up FSA Mathematics will be computer-based assessments.

      

    Graduation Assessment Requirements

    This PDF document overviews Florida high school graduation requirements for statewide assessments.

     

    Kindergarten WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (K W-APT)

    The K W-APT is an English language proficiency screener given in Marion County to incoming Kindergarten students whose Marion County Language Survey indicates the student is a potential Limited English Proficient (LEP) student. These students are evaluated with the K W-APT to determine their level of English language proficiency and eligibility for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

     

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    The NAEP is administered to selected schools and grades throughout the nation. This assessment, known as the Nation’s Report Card, is the only nationally representative, continuing assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in reading and mathematics. NAEP is mandated by the United States Congress. The data and results generated from this assessment are used by policy makers to make decisions regarding education.

     

    Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

    PERT is Florida’s common placement test that determines whether or not a student is ready for college credit courses in math and English.  This test can be used to meet the Algebra 1 EOC graduation or Dual Enrollment requirements and is comprised of three 25-item, computer adaptive subtests in reading, writing, and mathematics.  To find out more about PERT, please contact your high school counselor.

     

    Preliminary SAT (PSAT)

    The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides first hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It is also the qualifying exam for National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs.

     

    SAT

    One of two widely used college entrance exams, the SAT assesses student reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed by the student in school coursework.  It tests a student's knowledge of reading, writing, and math.  Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

     

    Stanford Achievement Tests, Tenth Edition

    The Reading Comprehension subtest of the Stanford 10 is a norm-referenced test that is administered to third grade students who have scored at a level identified for mandatory retention on the Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts Reading Component.  Students who demonstrate the required level on the Stanford 10 can be eligible for a “good cause exemption” from mandatory retention and be promoted to the fourth grade in accordance with Florida Statute.

     

    WIDA Screener

    The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency screener given in Marion County to incoming grades 1-12 students whose Marion County Language Survey indicates the student is a potential Limited English Proficient (LEP) student. These students are evaluated with the WIDA Screener to determine their level of English language proficiency and eligibility for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

     

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