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Florida Standards Assessments English Language Arts

Fact Sheet

NOTE: Pursuant to Florida Department of Education Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-1, spring K-12 statewide assessment test administrations for the 2019-20 school year that were scheduled after March 16, 2020, were canceled. All information in this fact sheet reflects general information about the statewide assessment program.

 

Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Overview

This fact sheet provides information regarding grades 3–10 ELA and grades 3–8 mathematics assessments that measure student achievement of the Florida Standards. For information on FSA End-of-Course (EOC) assessments, see the FSA End-of-Course Assessments Fact Sheet.

 

Students to Be Tested

  • Students enrolled in grades 3–10 participate in FSA ELA
    • All students participate in ELA
    • Students enrolled in grades 4–10 also participate in ELA
    • Retained grade 10 or grades 11–12 students who have not yet met the grade 10 ELA graduation requirement participate in the ELA Retake

 

Test Administration Information

  • The following FSA assessments are delivered in a paper-based format:
    • Large print, one-item-per-page, and braille accommodations are provided for students with disabilities who require them, as specified in their Individual Educational Plans (IEP) or Section 504 Plans.
  • The following grade-level FSA assessments are delivered in a computer-based format:
    • Grades 7–10 ELA (Writing and Reading), including Retake
    • Computer-based tests (CBT) are delivered via a CBT platform called the Test Delivery
    • Paper-based versions (regular print, large print, braille, and one-item-per-page) of CBT assessments are provided for students with disabilities who cannot access assessments on the computer as specified in their IEPs or Section 504
    • CBT accommodations (e.g., text-to-speech) are available for students whose IEPs indicate these accommodations.

·       ELA Writing

  • The Writing component of the ELA assessment consists of one text-based constructed-response item (students read a variety of texts and respond to a prompt).
    • Grades 7–10/Retake students take ELA Writing on computer and type their responses in a text box.
  • Grades 4–10 ELA Writing tests are administered in one 120-minute
  • The ELA Writing Retake is one 120-minute session, but students may use up to half the length of a typical school day to complete the
  • All students, whether testing on paper or computer, are provided with a Writing Planning Sheet to plan their

·       ELA Reading and Mathematics

  • ELA Reading and Mathematics assessments contain 56–66 items. The Test Design Summary and Blueprint for each subject area provides a map or blueprint for how each assessment is designed. The summaries show the standards assessed within each reporting category and the representation of each category, in percentages, on the
  • FSA ELA sessions are administered over two days. Test session lengths are as follows:
    • ELA Reading
      • Grades 9–10: Two 90-minute sessions
      • The ELA Reading Retake is administered in two 90-minute sessions, but students may use up to half the length of a typical school day to complete each
    • Students are provided CBT Work Folders for each computer-based mathematics
    • Students are provided CBT Worksheets for each computer-based reading
    • For grades 7–10/Retake ELA Reading tests, students will respond to some items associated with audio or multimedia passages. Students must have headphones or earbuds to access the passages. For information about the types of accommodations available for ELA Reading audio passages for eligible students with an IEP or Section 504 Plan, see the Accommodations Guide.

 

Practice Tests

  • Practice test materials allow teachers, parents/guardians, and students to become familiar with the various item types that will be encountered on the FSA, as well as the system, functionality and tools on FSA computer-based
  • Computer-based and paper-based practice tests for each assessment, paper-based test item practice

handouts, and guided tutorials for responding to items on grades 3–6 paper-based tests are available on

the portal’s Practice Test page. For resources to help students better understand the Florida Standards to which the assessments are aligned, please visit CPALMS.

  • Students taking a computer-based test are required to participate in a practice test session at their schools prior to
  • Schools are strongly encouraged to provide practice opportunities for students who will take paper- based tests by using one of the resources provided on the portal.
  • Districts will order paper-based large print and braille practice materials for students participating with these

 

Achievement Levels and FSA Scale Scores

Student performance on Florida’s statewide assessments is categorized into five achievement levels. Table 1 provides information regarding student performance at each achievement level; this information is provided on student reports so that students, parents, and educators may interpret student results in a meaningful way.

 

Table 1. Achievement Levels                                                                                                                                    

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Inadequate: Highly likely to need substantial support for the next grade

Below Satisfactory: Likely to need substantial support for the next grade

Satisfactory:

May need additional support for the next grade

Proficient: Likely to excel in the next grade

Mastery:

Highly likely to excel in the next grade

 

Achievement Level Descriptions further specify what students should know and be able to do in each grade level and subject as indicated in the Florida Standards.

 

Achievement level cut scores for FSA assessments were adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.09422, Florida Administrative Code, in January 2016. The lowest score in Level 3 is the passing score for each grade level and subject. The table below shows the score ranges for each achievement level on the FSA score scale. For grades 4–10 ELA, a combined score is reported that includes student performance on both the Writing and Reading components.

 

Please visit the FDOE website and the portal for more information about the statewide assessment program.

 

 

Table 2. FSA Scale Scores for Each Achievement Level

Assessment

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

English

Language Arts

Scale Scores

(240-412)

 for each Achievement Level

Grade 9 ELA

276–327

328–342

343–354

355–369

370–407

Grade 10 ELA

284–333

334–349

350–361

362–377

378–412

 

 

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Florida Standards Assessments End-of-Course Assessments Fact Sheet

NOTE: Pursuant to Florida Department of Education Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-1, spring K-12 statewide assessment test administrations for the 2019-20 school year that were scheduled after March 16, 2020, were canceled. All information in this fact sheet reflects general information about the statewide assessment program.

Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) End-of-Course (EOC) Overview

This fact sheet provides information about the Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments that measure student achievement of the Florida Standards as outlined in their course descriptions. For information on FSA English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments, see the FSA English Language Arts and Mathematics Fact Sheet.

 

FSA EOC Assessments—Students to Be Tested

All students enrolled in and completing one of the courses aligned to the Florida Standards listed in the table below participate in the appropriate assessment. In accordance with section 1008.22(3)(b)2., Florida Statutes, middle grades students will not be tested on both FSA Mathematics and a mathematics EOC assessment. Middle grades students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry must take the corresponding EOC assessment, not the grade- level mathematics assessment.

 

Table 1. FSA EOC Assessment Corresponding Course List

 

Assessments

Course

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 – 1200310

Algebra 1 Honors – 1200320 Algebra 1-B – 1200380

Pre-AP Algebra 1 – 1200386

Pre-AICE Mathematics 1 – 1209810

IB Middle Years Program/Algebra 1 Honors – 1200390

Geometry

Geometry – 1206310 Geometry Honors – 1206320

IB Middle Years Program Geometry Honors – 1206810 Pre-AICE Mathematics 2 – 1209820

 

In addition, the following students are eligible to participate in FSA EOC assessments:

  • Students who need to retake an assessment for graduation purposes (Algebra 1 only).
  • Students who have not yet taken an assessment to be averaged as 30% of their course
  • Students who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake an assessment to improve their course
  • Students who need to earn a passing score for a standard diploma with a Scholar designation (Geometry only).
  • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course

 

 

Test Administration Information

  • The FSA EOC assessments are delivered via a computer-based test (CBT) platform called the Test Delivery
  • Paper-based versions (regular print, large print, braille, and one-item-per-page) of CBT assessments are provided for students with disabilities who cannot access assessments on the computer as specified in their Individual Educational Plans (IEP) or Section 504
  • CBT accommodations (e.g., text-to-speech) are available for students whose IEPs or Section 504 Plans indicate these
  • Each assessment is administered in two 90-minute sessions over two
  • Any student not finished by the end of each 90-minute session may continue working for up to half the length of a typical school
  • There are multiple test forms for each assessment, with a maximum of 68 items on each test form. The Test Design Summary and Blueprint for FSA mathematics provides a map or blueprint for how each EOC assessment is designed. The summaries show the standards assessed within each reporting category and the representation of each category, in percentages, on the
  • Students are provided CBT Work Folders for each EOC
  • A scientific calculator is provided as part of the CBT platform for Session 2 only of FSA EOC assessments. The calculator is available for practice on the Florida Statewide Assessments Portal. Please see the Calculator and Reference Sheet Policies for Florida Standards Assessments Mathematics Assessments for more information.

 

Practice Tests

  • Practice test materials allow teachers, parents/guardians, and students to become familiar with the various item types that will be encountered on the FSA, as well as the system, functionality and tools on FSA computer-based
  • Computer-based and paper-based practice tests and answer keys for each assessment, as well as paper- based test item practice handouts, are available on the portal’s Practice Test For resources to better understand the Florida Standards to which the assessments are aligned, please visit CPALMS.
  • Students are required to participate in a CBT practice test session at their schools prior to testing unless they are retaking an
  • Districts may order paper-based large print or braille practice materials for students participating with these accommodations.

 

Achievement Levels and FSA Scale Scores

Student performance on Florida’s statewide assessments is categorized into five achievement levels. Table 2 provides information regarding student performance at each achievement level; this information is provided on student reports so that students, parents, and educators may interpret student results in a meaningful way.

 

Table 2. Achievement Levels

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Inadequate: Highly likely to need substantial support for the next grade

Below Satisfactory: Likely to need substantial support for the next grade

Satisfactory:

May need additional support for the next grade

Proficient: Likely to excel in the next grade

Mastery:

Highly likely to excel in the next grade

 

 

Achievement Level Descriptions further specify what students should know and be able to do in each grade level and subject as indicated in the Florida Standards.

 

Achievement level cut scores for FSA assessments were adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.09422, Florida Administrative Code, in January 2016. The lowest score in Level 3 is the passing score for each grade level and subject. The table below shows the score ranges for each achievement level on the FSA score scale.

 

Table 3. FSA EOC Scale Scores for Each Achievement Level

Assessment

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

End-of-Course Assessment Scale Scores (425–575) for

Each Achievement

Level

 

Algebra 1 EOC

 

425–486

 

487–496

 

497–517

 

518–531

 

532–575

 

Geometry EOC

 

425–485

 

486–498

 

499–520

 

521–532

 

533–575

 

 

Please visit the FDOE website and the portal for more information about the statewide assessment program.

 

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