Presentation on theme: "The Florida Standards Assessents: What Every Parent Should Know Beauclerc Elementary Literacy Night February 5, 2015."— Presentation transcript:
The Florida Standards Assessents: What Every Parent Should Know Beauclerc Elementary Literacy Night February 5, 2015
How does the new FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) differ from the FCAT? When will students in Florida take the FSA? Where can you find additional information? What resources are available for you to help prepare your child? Questions Answered:
New Tests for New Standards The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) will measure student mastery of the newly adopted Florida Standards through a variety of item types. The Florida Standards are more closely aligned with the educational standards used throughout the country, more commonly known as ‘Common Core’.
What is Different about the Florida Standards Assessments? Higher expectations Able to compare FL students to others nationwide Emphasizes analytical thinking Variety of item question formats Increased complexity of texts Increased focus on providing evidence of their thinking
Implications for Our Students 3 rd Grade Promotional Requirements Middle School Elective Course Scheduling School Grade & Funding Preparing students for higher paying jobs (College and Career Ready) Student, Parent & Teacher Pride
Florida Standards Assessment Test Design English Language Arts/Literacy Text-based Writing
Writing Assessment CHANGES OLD: Writing FCAT Scored as a separate test 4 th Grade Students Only Given a Topic (Prompt Writing) 45 minutes to write a narrative (story) or expository essay NEW: FSA Writing Scored as part of the Reading Assessment 4 th and 5 th Grade Students Given 2 – 4 Articles (Text Sets) to Read & Respond to a Related Prompt 120 minutes to read, annotate, and write an informative or opinion based essay Must include references from the text & cite evidence to support their ideas
Text-based Writing Sample Prompt Write an essay in which you give your opinion about whether technology should be used all the time. Use information from the passages in your essay. Manage your time carefully so that you can read the passages; plan your essay; write your essay; and revise and edit your essay. Be sure to include an introduction; support for your opinion using information from the passages; and a conclusion that is related to your opinion. Your writing should be in the form of a well-organized multi-paragraph essay.