A Parents’ Guide to the
FL Standards Assessment
Lamar Louise Curry Middle School 2016
When Are theyTesting?
• Writing (English LanguageArts) --- February 29-March 11
• Paper-Based: Grades 6 and 7
• Computer-Based: Grade8
• English LanguageArts (ELA) and Mathematics ---April 11– May 6
• Paper-Based Accommodations and Computer BasedTesting for Grades 6-8
• FCAT 2.0 ScienceTest for 8th Graders (Paper BasedTesting)---April 12- 22
• Computer-Based End of Course Assessments (EOC) ---April 18–May 20
• Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Civics
• All students at our school participate!
• However, some students participate with testing accommodations.
• Do English Language Learners participate in the FSA?
• Yes! ELLs who have been enrolled in school in the United States for less than one year
may be exempt from the FSA ELA assessments (Reading andWriting). Exempt ELLs
must participate in the annual English language proficiency assessment.Additionally,
all ELLs enrolled in tested grade levels and subjects are expected to participate in
Mathematics, Science, and EOC assessments no matter how long these students have
been enrolled in a U.S. school.
Depth of Knowledge
• Dr. NormanWebb’s model for Depth of Knowledge.
• The DOK level for an individual content standard is intended to represent
the typical performance level of cognitive complexity that a learning activity
or assessment item associated with that standard might entail.
• This is particularly important for assessment purposes, since 50% or more of
assessment items associated with a given standard should meet or exceed
the DOK level of the standard.
Webb’s Levels 1 and 2 were represented in Florida’s
adaptation of Webb’s DOK model as low and moderate,
respectively. DOK Levels 3 and 4 were collapsed into a
single, “high” DOK level.
Technology-Enhanced Item Descriptions
• EditingTask Choice
• HotText /Drag-and-Drop HotText
• Open Response
• Evidence-Based Selected Response (EBSR)
• Graphic Response Item Display (GRID)
Students NEED to bring their
Scoring and Reporting
• T Score—The score that students receive the first year the FSA assessment is
administered.T scores are reported using a norm-referenced score scale
known as aT score scale.
• T Score Scale—A scale of 20–80 in which the mean is a score of 50 and the
standard deviation is 10
• Mean—An average of the individual scores that describes the performance of
a group of students.The mean is computed by finding the sum of all scores
and dividing by the number of students.
• Percentile Rank—The percentile rank is the percentage of scores that fall at
or below a given score.
• Scores for the 2015–2016 assessments will be released in June 2016.
• Computer-based training tests for each assessment are available
for teachers, students and parents/guardians.Training tests allow
students to become familiar with the system,
• Students are required to participate in a training test session
at their school prior to testing.