W HAT ARE THE NEW F LORIDA S TANDARDS ? 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. Standards Website: http://www.flstandards.org/http://www.flstandards.org/
6 Transition from FCAT to FSA Assessments Assessments in 2012-13, and 2013-14 Assessments in 2014-15 FCAT 2.0 Reading Grades 3 to 10FSA English Language Arts Grades 3 to 11 FCAT 2.0 Writing Grades 4, 8, 10FSA English Language Arts Writing Component Grades 4 to 11 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics Grades 3 to 8 FSA Mathematics Grades 3 to 8
A SSESSMENT C ALENDAR Specifically- Thursday, April 2 – Grades 3 & 4 ELA, Session 1 Friday, April 3 – Grades 3 & 4 ELA, Session 2 Monday, April 6 – Grades 3 & 4 Mathematics, Session 1 Tuesday, April 7 – Grades 3 & 4 Mathematics, Session 2
A RE THE TESTS TIMED ? YES! Writing – Grades 4 and 5 90 minutes – up to 120 minutes (1 session) English Language Arts - Grades 3, 4, and 5 160 minutes (2 – 80 minute sessions) Tested over two days Mathematics - Grades 3, 4, and 5 160 minutes (2 – 80 minute sessions) Tested over two days FCAT 2.0 Science – Grade 5 160 minutes (2 – 80 minute sessions) Tested over two days (Accommodations will be given based upon a child’s IEP) NOTE: Students will be given short stretch/water/restr oom breaks during sessions
C HANGES IN S TUDENT E XPECTATIONS The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) demand students… maintain an increased sense of accountability toward their own learning develop a concept beyond an opinion and move to “support and evidence” think in a more conceptual, analytical and global manner utilize higher-order, critical thinking skills shift from mere memorization of terms to a deep understanding of meaning transfer skills to new experiences operate in a more student-centered environment with built in peer collaboration 9
T YPES OF Q UESTIONS ACCORDING TO G RADE L EVEL 3 rd and 4 th Grade Students will see… Multiple Choice Multi-select Grid Response 5 th Grade Students will see… All questions above **5 th grade formulas will be present within the question or given in a popup window. Example- Area= B X H
Available for student use throughout the entire exam!!!
E XAMPLE Q UESTION M ATH FSA 5 th Grade Question
*These types of questions will only appear on Computer-based exams.
ELA W RITING A SSESSMENT The FSA ELA has a Text-Based Writing Component that is administered separately from the rest of the FSA ELA March 2-13, 2015 Reported as part of the ELA score. It is administered earlier to allow time for hand scoring. 10 point Rubric Opinion or informative http://www.fsassessments.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/OpinionlRubric4-5_Final.pdf http://www.fsassessments.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/OpinionlRubric4-5_Final.pdf http://www.fsassessments.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/InformationalRubric4-5_Final1.pdf http://www.fsassessments.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/InformationalRubric4-5_Final1.pdf
W RITING T ESTING **Students needing additional time will receive an extra 30 minutes of test time.
F LORIDA S TANDARDS INFORMATION SITE http://fsassessments.org/ http://fsassessments.org/
P RACTICE T ESTS http://www.fsassessments.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/06/FL_PT_QuickGuide_10-8- 142.pdf http://fsassessments.org/training-tests The purpose of these training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and item types; the tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. Descriptions and response instructions for each item type are included in the Training Test User Guide that may be accessed in the “Resources” pages of this portal. Users should refer to the tutorials or the guide to familiarize themselves with the different features and response instructions for each item type.