2 Agenda What are the Florida Standards Assessments? Subjects and Grades AssessedTest TimingTest ScheduleTest Design and Test Item TypesFCAT 2.0 ScienceScore InformationHow is the FSA and FCAT 2.0 Science used?Helpful Resources
3 What are the new Florida Standards? The new Florida Standards were adopted in 2014 in English/Language Arts and Mathematics to help prepare Florida students for success in college, career, and in life by emphasizing analytical thinking skills.The new test will provide a more authentic assessment of the Florida Standards, because it will include more than multiple choice questions. Students will be asked to create graphs, interact with test content and write and respond in different ways than on traditional tests.New question types will assess students' higher-order thinking skills in keeping with the higher expectations of the Florida Standards.
4 What are the Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs)? Florida Standards Assessments were developed to measure student success with the new Florida State Standards adopted in 2014 and implemented into instruction this school yearWhat subjects are assessed with FSAs?English Language Arts (ELA) - Grades 3-11 Reading and Listening and Grades 4-11 WritingMathematics - Grades 3-8End of Course Algebra 1, Algebra 2, GeometryTesting contractor - American Institutes for Research (AIR)
5 Are the tests timed? YES! English Language Arts - Grades 3, 4, and 5 Writing – Grades 4 and 590 minutes – up to 120 minutes (1 session)English Language Arts - Grades 3, 4, and 5160 minutes (2 – 80 minute sessions)Tested over two daysMathematics - Grades 3, 4, and 5FCAT 2.0 Science – Grade 5160 minutes (2 – 80 minute sessions)NOTE: Students will be given short stretch/water/restroom breaks during sessions
6 When are the tests? FSA Writing Grades 4-5: March 3 FSA ELA – Grades 3-4: March 24-25FSA Math – Grades 3-4: March 30-31FCAT 2.0 Science – Grade 5: April 13-14FSA ELA/Math– Grade 5: Begins April 16, Ends by May 8Students will be scheduled into sessions until all students are tested
7 Paper-based Tests Grades 3 and 4 ELA and Math Grades 4 and 5 Writing Students will receive a Test and Answer Book for each subjectGrades 4 and 5 WritingStudents will receive a Writing Planning Sheet and a Test and Answer BookTransition to computer TBDGrade 5 FCAT 2.0 ScienceStudents will receive a Test Book and an Answer BookSample Tests will be provided by DOE for Paper Test subjects – may not include Writing - TBD
8 Computer-based TestsGrade 5 English Language Arts and Math tests will be a computer-based beginning this yearStudents will be required to participate in a training test session prior to the actual testPractice using testing platform and tools, answering questions, changing answers, submitting test, etc.Students will receive a Worksheet as scratch paper for the English Language Arts, and a Work Folder for working Math problems
9 How is the FSA English Language Arts designed? Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each categoryDepth of Knowledge**Depth of Knowledge refers to the complexity level of the cognitive process demanded by a test item rather than the difficulty of the item. Level 1 = Recall and Reproduction; Level 2 = Skills and Concepts; Level 3 = Strategic Thinking
10 Test Item Types ELA Question Types: Multiple Choice: Select one answer Multi-Select: More than one answer should be chosenTwo Part: two questions pertaining to the same topicOpen Response: 1-3 sentences (just enough to answer the question and support it from the text)Hot Text: highlights the sentence (computer-based)Graphics: interacting with the text (computer-based)Editing Task: make edits within the text (computer-based)Listening Task: Student listens to audio file and answers questions based on what they have heard (computer-based grades 5-11)
11 Test Item TypesMultiple-Choice with 2 Correct Responses
13 Test Item Types Open Response Questions Explain how the texts develop and treat the theme of freedom in the same way.Type your response in the space provided.*1-3 sentences. Clear, concise and to the point - just enough to answer the question and support it from the text
16 Test Item TypesGraphics (computer-based)Place the characteristics that describe the narrator, Cassie, or both in the diagram in the correct locations.SureReflectiveAdventurousCautiousDeterminedBiology careerCareless about friendshipImpressed by the ocean**Not all words need to be used!
17 Testing Tips Listening Task (computer-based) Audio Script: [Orientation Statement:] Listen to classmates Samantha and Orlando prepare for a project.SAMANTHA: I did some research online, and I found rules for how to market to kids. I think they are a good starting point for our project, even though we can’t do all of them.ORLANDO: Okay, what did you find?SAMANTHA: etc……
18 How is the FSA Mathematics designed? Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each categoryDepth of Knowledge
19 Test Item Types Math Question Types: Multiple Choice: Select one answerMulti-Select: More than one answer should be chosenTwo Part: two questions pertaining to the same topicOpen Response: type or click on numbers and symbols create an answerHot Spot: creating items on graphs (computer-based)Graphics: interacting with the text (computer-based)Drag and Drop: drag numbers, symbols, etc., and place in appropriate area to create an answer
20 Test Item TypesMulti-Select with 2 Parts/Drag and Drop
24 Test Item TypesMultiple-Choice with 2 Correct Responses
25 How is the FSA Writing designed? At elementary, the stimulus will consist of two to four texts, ranging from words each. Scoring rubrics for FSA Writing can be found on the FSA Portal.
26 Testing Tips Writing Essay Responses Read the prompt and determine whether it is asking for information/explanation, or an opinion/argumentRead the texts, looking for details to support information or opinion/argumentUse the Planning Sheet to organize thoughts and detailsWrite and edit response. Make sure it contains:Clearly stated and strongly maintained idea or argumentDetails from the passages to support idea or argumentVariety of sentence types and transitional strategiesClear and effective expression and logical progression of ideasStrong introduction and conclusionCorrect spelling and punctuation
27 How is the FCAT 2.0 Science designed? Grade 5 and 8 students will also take the FCAT 2.0 ScienceBased upon the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State StandardsContent Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each categoryPercent of Points by Cognitive Complexity LevelGradeNature of ScienceEarth and Space SciencePhysical ScienceLife ScienceMultiple Choice17%29%25%860-66 Multiple Choice19%27%
28 FSA Scores for 2015Grade 3 will receive scores linked to FCAT 2.0 student performance expectations – basically an FCAT 2.0 score based upon how the student would have scored on the FCAT 2.0 scale. Score will be released at end of school year for promotion/retention purposes.Grades 4-5 will receive FSA scores after all data has been studied and score ranges set. Scores are anticipated to be released in late Fall 2015.
29 Helping Your Child Test Preparation Help your child to realize that it is important to do their best every day, as well as on the FSAReview class and homework with your childHelp your child practice the skills they are learning in real-life situations so that the skills have meaning beyond the tests and the classroomHelp your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfastOveremphasizing the tests can increase your child’s anxietyWork with your child to help them learn how to handle anxiety
30 FSA PortalThe FSA Portal contains all published information regarding FSA assessments, and released Training TestsFSA Portal:To access Training Tests:Click on Students and ParentsClick Training TestsClick on Training Test Guide for instructions on how to use the training testsClick on Take the Training TestClick Sign InSelect Student Grade and Click YesClick on test you wish to take
31 Test Rules Acknowledgment Students will be required to sign (paper tests) or agree to (computer test) the Test Rules Acknowledgment before taking any FSA assessment.Test Rules read, “During the test, you must no talk to other students or make any disturbance; look at another student’s test or computer screen; ask for help answering any test questions; give help to another student in answering test questions; have notes or scratch paper; have any electronic or recording devices in your possession at any time, including breaks, even if you do not use them; fail to follow any other instructions given. After the test, you may not discuss the test items with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, ing, or posting to blogs or websites like Facebook or Twitter. If you are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, your test will be invalidated.”Test Rules Acknowledgment reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score will be invalidated.”
32 Electronic Devices Reminder No electronic devices permitted during testingStudents CANNOT have any electronic device (e.g., cell phone, mp3 player, game system, etc.) on them OR within arm’s reach even if they do not use themCause for immediate invalidation of testN
33 How are FSA Results Used? FSA results provide teachers and schools with additional information about each student’s proficienciesResults are used IN ADDITION TO teacher observations and coursework throughout the year in making determinations of student strengths and areas of opportunity
34 How are FSA Results Used? Grade 3 English Language Arts ScoresStudents who score a Level 1 on English Language Arts are required (by state law) to have further evaluation before being promoted to 4th gradeOptions for Students who Score at Level 1‘Good Cause’ Promotion OptionsSAT 10 testPortfolio of 3rd grade work demonstrating proficiencyDecisions are made on an individual-student basis
35 How are FSA Results Used? Students who score at Levels 1 or 2 on the English Language Arts and/or Mathematics tests are required (by state law) to have intensive remedial assistance classes during the following school yearThis intensive remediation must be different from previously received instructionStudents in this category are progress-monitored to ensure their success
36 Florida’s Revised A+ Program The Florida Department of Education uses FSA/FCAT 2.0 results to evaluate each public school and each school districtGrades are determined through performance on the FSA English Language Arts (Reading and Writing combined), Mathematics, and FCAT 2.0 Science tests.The school grade is based upon the percentage of total points earned. Each component is worth up to 100 percentage points.Provisions in the old model that raised or lowered a school’s grade beyond what the percentage of points would indicate have been eliminated2015 School Grades will be released in late fall
37 Florida’s Revised A+ Program Elementary School Grades ModelEnglish/Language ArtsMathematicsScienceAchievement(0% to 100%)Learning GainsLearning Gains of the Low 25%
38 Florida’s Revised A+ Program Middle School Grades Model
39 Florida’s Revised A+ Program High School Grades Model
40 Seminole County Public Schools Building Success for Every Student Helpful ResourcesContact your child’s teacher and school administratorFlorida Department of Education Web Site:FSA Portal:FCAT School Accountability Reports:Florida State Standards:SCPS Assessment & Accountability Web Site:Assessment & Accountability StaffKelly Thompson: (KellyColleen Risner:Sara Borosky:Seminole County Public SchoolsBuilding Success for Every Student