FSA Resources

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Resource Description

Directions for Completing Test Items handouts and associated scripts for administering test item practice sessions for paper-based FSA Mathematics assessments.

This tutorial explains how to use the Equation Response Editor tool and lets students practice using the tool to enter answers that are numbers, expressions, or equations. Students can use the keyboard, the on-screen keypad, or a combination of both to enter responses.

Use the link to access the calculator that will be used for some of the computer-based FSA Mathematics tests.

The FSA Calculator and Reference Sheet Policies document describes policies and materials specific to the mathematics assessments. (Updated 7/6/16)
Copies of the reference sheets and z-tables are provided in the FSA Mathematics Reference Sheets Packet.  (Updated 10/2/15)

ELA Reading

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Resource Description

Directions for Completing Test Items handouts and associated scripts for administering test item practice sessions for paper-based FSA ELA Reading assessments.

Instructions for test administrators and proctors who will provide oral/signed presentation of FSA ELA Reading tests to eligible students who have the accommodation documented in an IEP or Section 504 Plan. The instructions may also be used to identify portions of FSA ELA Reading tests for which assistance in heritage language may be provided to English Language Learners (ELLs).

ELA Writing

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The FSA ELA Writing Scoring Sampler can be used as a resource regarding the scoring of student responses on the writing component of the statewide ELA assessments. In each sampler, examples of student responses represent various combinations of the score points across the scoring domains. As a basis for developing a common understanding of the scoring criteria, an annotation follows the response to explain the prominent characteristics of the response described in the rubric. (The applicable rubric is also included in each sampler.) These responses are not intended to provide a full spectrum of examples for each score point in each domain. Moreover, they do not necessarily represent the highest or lowest example of each score point in each domain. The passage (text) set and text-based writing prompt can be accessed via a hyperlink provided in each sampler. (Updated 12/18/15)

For students in grades 4–7 who will be administered the paper-based FSA ELA Writing component and for students at other grades who are eligible for the paper-based accommodation, the response pages template will appear in this format and include the three lined pages allowed. Within the Test and Answer Book, the text sets that students will read and the prompt to which students will respond appear before the lined pages. Students who take the FSA ELA Writing component online will have unlimited space to type their response.

For the FSA ELA Writing Component, the sample planning document mirrors the format of the front page of the planning sheet that students will be provided for paper-based and online administrations. Although not included in the sample document, the back of the planning sheet will contain the Testing Rules Acknowledgment section, which students will be required to sign. Students are allowed to write on both the front and back pages, and the writing on the planning sheet will not be scored. The Writing Planning Sheet may appear on the screen without lines; however, the lines will appear when the zoom is adjusted or when the planning sheet is printed.

The rubrics describe how points will be given within each domain. The English Language Arts Test Item Specificationsprovide information about overall task, stimulus attributes, and assessed standards, as well as directions, acceptable text types, and possible writing topics.