Dear Parent/Guardian,
Your student will take either the computer-based or the paper-based Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), and possibly the Statewide Science Assessment on the following dates. The Statewide Science Assessment measures Grades 5 and 8 student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science.
Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments.
  • Grade 3 Reading – Paper-Based – Monday and Tuesday , April 5-6, 2021 (80 Minute Sessions)
  • Grades 4-6 Writing- Paper Based – Wednesday, April 7, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Grade 7 Writing – Computer Based – Thursday, April 8, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Grade 8 Writing – Computer Based – Friday, April 9, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Grades 4-5 Reading – Paper Based – Monday and Tuesday, May 3-4, 2021 (80 Minute Sessions)
  • Grades 6 Reading – Paper Based – Monday and Tuesday, May 3-4, 2021 (85 Minute Sessions)
  • Grade 7 Reading-Computer Based – Monday and Tuesday , May 3-4, 2021 (85 Minute Sessions)

 

  • Grade 8 Reading – Computer Based – Wednesday and Thur sday, May 5-6, 2021 (85 Minute Sessions)
  • Grades 3-5 Math – Paper Based – Monday and Tuesday, May 10-11 , 2021 (80 Minute Sessions)
  • Grade 6 Math – Paper Based – Monday, May 10, 2021 (60 Minute Session)
  • Grade 6 Math – Paper Based – Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Grade 7 Math – Computer Based – Monday, May 10, 2021 (60 Minute Session)
  • Grade 7 Math – Computer Based – Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Grade 8 Math – Computer Based – Wednesday, May 12, 2021 (60 Minute Session)
  • Grade 8 Math – Computer Based – Thursday, May 13, 2021 (120 Minute Session)
  • Algebra I / Geometry EOC – Computer Based – Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 2-13, 2021 (90 Minute Sessions) Note: For Algebra and Geometry, students may take up to 3 ½ hours each day to complete the session.
  • Grade 5 Science – Paper Based – Monday and Tuesday, May 17 and 18, 2021 (80 Minute Sessions)
  • Grade 8 Science – Paper Based – Monday, May 1 7, 2021 (160 Minute Session)
  • Civics EOC – Computer Based – Thursday, May 20, 2021 (160 Minute Session)
eSchool students should arrive at school at 8:30 to provide time for students to check in and be escorted to their testing locations. Students who arrive after 8:30 will not be admitted to the testing room and will be required to test on a make­ up date. Testing will begin promptly at 9:00 and will conclude at various times .
Please note the session lengths above. eSchool students should wear a mask covering their mouth and nose, should practice social distancing, and use hand sanitizer or wash their hands while in the school.
Students should be dropped off and picked up through the car rider line at the Gymnasium entrance. Please look for the sign for directions.
Parents should not bring their child to the front office as this will cause confusion with getting students to their testing locations. No parents will be allowed inside the Gymnasium for safety reasons.
Parents should drive through the car rider line to pick their student up when testing is over. Please do not come to the front office to pick students up from testing as this will cause confusion and a back up in the car rider line.
For Grades 5 and 8 Science:
The Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment consists of two 80-minute paper-based test sessions administered over two days.
The Grade 8 Statewide Science Assessment consists of two 80-minute paper-based test sessions administered in one day.
If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the item types and response formats your student will see on his or her Statewide Science Assessment, sample questions and answer keys are available at https://FSAssessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-materials/paper-based-practice-test­materials.stmI.
For Grades 3-6 Paper-Based Writing, Reading, and Math:
To help your student become comfortable with the item types and response formats, the following resources are available at http://www.FSAssessments.org/…/paper-based-practice…/:
• Paper-Based Practice Tests and Answer Keys
• Student Presentations
For information regarding test session lengths and other information about the assessments, see the ” About the Assessments” page on the portal: https://fsassessments.org/florida-statewide-assessment….
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 assessment(s). 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 https://FSAssessments.org/…/computer-based…/index.stmI.
Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
• Electronic Devices- Students are not permitted to have any electronic dev ices , including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones , and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., rest room), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic dev ice , his or her test will be invalidated.
• Calculator Policy- For Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics , approved calculators may be used during Sessions 2 and 3 only. For Algebra I and Geometry EOC assessments, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. For Biology I EOC, a handheld four-function calculator may be used only if the school provides all students with a handheld four­ function calculator.
• Testing Rules Acknowledgment – All 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 clicking a checkbox beside the statement in the secure browser.
• Discussing Test Content after Testing-The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states that because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, students may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items , passages , and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites. Please make sure your student understands this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing on line. 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, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns . Students’ tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
■ Leaving Campus- If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g ., for lunch , an
appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to 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.
■ Testing Accommodations – If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 Plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL) or a recently exited ELL, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact Melissa Mullenix at 863-259-400 I . For more information about the Florida Statewide Assessments program, please visit the portal at www.FSAssessments.org.
Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during Spring 2021 assessments.
Sincerely,
Nikeshia Leatherwood, Principal