FSA Resources

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ELA/Mathematics

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

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

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)

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

The FSA Calculator and Reference Sheet Policies document describes policies and materials specific to the mathematics assessments. (Updated 7/24/17)
Copies of the reference sheets are provided in the FSA Mathematics Reference Sheets Packet. (Updated 7/24/17)

EOC

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

Training

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The Spring 2017 FSA District Webinar PowerPoint presentation and recording from January 25, 2017.

The Fall 2016 FSA TIDE Updates Webinar PowerPoint presentation and recording from August 15, 2016.

User Guides & Manuals

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This guide includes instructions for administering accommodations on FSA ELA Writing, Reading, and Mathematics tests.

Matrix representing available user guides and the appropriate roles which should access each guide.

The Fall/Winter 2017 FSA Test Administration Manual includes scripts and instructions for administering the FSA ELA Retakes and Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments.

This user guide supports Test Administrators (TAs) who access the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) to administer paper-based accommodations (listening items, animations, closed captioning, and ASL videos) to students taking the Reading portion of the ELA assessment. (Updated 08/21/17)

This user guide describes how to access and understand the reports in the FSA Reporting System. (Updated 4/26/17)

Guide to assist users with logging in to and navigating through the practice tests. (Updated 08/25/17)

A guide to assist users with logging in to and navigating through the TA Interface and Student Interface. (Updated 08/23/17)

This user guide supports Test Administrators (TAs) who manage testing for students participating in FSA practice tests and operational computer-based assessments. (Updated 8/23/17)

A Quick Guide providing brief instructions on the main tasks in TIDE. (Updated 08/18/17)

User Guide to describe tasks performed in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) for FSA assessments. (Updated 08/18/17)

Scripts

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Scripts for administering paper-based assessments to students who require accommodations.

Scripts for administering computer-based assessments to students who require accommodations.

Script for administering the accommodated computer-based Grade 10 FSA ELA Reading Practice Test.

Script for administering the accommodated computer-based Grade 10 FSA ELA Writing Practice Test.

Scripts for administering accommodated computer-based FSA EOC practice tests for the FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments.

Script for administering the computer-based Grade 10 FSA ELA Reading Practice Test.

Script for administering the computer-based Grade 10 FSA ELA Writing Practice Test.

Scripts for administering computer-based FSA EOC practice tests for the FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments.

Test Administration

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Sample planning sheet that students may use to jot down ideas, plan, and organize what to write.

A one-page worksheet provided to students taking FSA ELA Reading assessments.

Signs to be posted as applicable during Fall and Winter 2017 FSA administrations.

Checklists to be completed by school and district personnel following Fall and Winter 2017 FSA administrations.

Security Log [pdf]

Forms and agreements to be used during the Fall and Winter 2017 FSA administrations.

A chart indicating the timeline for transitioning accommodated braille materials from EBAE to UEB by grade-level.

Comment form for district assessment coordinators, school assessment coordinators, test administrators, and technology coordinators to provide feedback regarding the Fall 2017 FSA EOC and ELA Retake test administration.

A four-page work folder that students taking the computer-based Grades 3–8 FSA Mathematics and the FSA EOC assessments may use to work the mathematics problems.

Accommodations

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This guide provides information and resources for the administration of FSA assessments to students with allowable accommodations.

Scripts and instructions for administering Fall 2017 braille scripts for the FSA ELA Writing and Reading Retake and FSA EOC Algebra 1 and Geometry assessments.

A chart indicating the timeline for transitioning accommodated braille materials from EBAE to UEB by grade-level.

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).

Annual DAC Meeting

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2017 Annual Assessment and Accountability Meeting Agenda for Day 2

Presentation by Jane Fletcher

Presentation by Tracy Halley

Presentation by Danielle Boudreaux

VAM [pptx]

Presentation by Jason Gaitanis

DJJ [pptx]

Presentation by Jason Gaitanis

Presentation by Randy LaRusso

Presentation by Randy LaRusso

BEESS Update [ppt]

Presentation by Jessica Brattain

Presentation by Alicia Cuttle and Jennifer Quiet

2017 Annual Assessment and Accountability Meeting Agenda for Day 1

Presentation by Vince Verges

Presentation by Susie Lee

Presentation by Jenny Black

Presentation by Qian Liu and Gabriel Colorado

AIR [pptx]

Presentation by Kevin Murphy and Danni Greenberg

Pearson [pptx]

Presentation by Amanda Pepmiller and Leann Spaight

Presentation by Sabrina Read

Presentation by Angela Nathaniel

Presentation by Jacob Oliva

FAIR/FLKRS [ppt]

Presentation by Richard Myhre

NAEP [pptx]

Presentation by Tamika Brinson

FSAA Update [ppt]

Presentation by Angela Nathaniel

Updated agenda for 2016 FSAA AAC meeting presentations rescheduled via Webinar.

Presentation by Randy LaRusso and Christina Yu

Presentation by Alicia Cuttle

Presentation by Laura Bailey

Presentation by Heidi Metcalf

Presentation by Angela L. Nathaniel

2016 Annual Assessment and Accountability Meeting Agenda

Presentation by Vince Verges

Presentation by Susie Lee

Presentation by Qian Liu and Gabriel Colorado

Presentation by Jenny Black and Marilyn Dwyer

AIR [pptx]

Presentation by Kevin Murphy and Danni Greenberg

Pearson [pdf]

Presentation by Amanda Pepmiller, Leann Spaight, and Brendan Kealey

Presentation by Sabrina Read

Presentation by Angela Nathaniel

FAIR/FLKRS [ppt]

Presentation by Richard Myhre

NAEP [pptx]

Presentation by Tamika Brinson

Presentation by Jason Gaitanis

APPR [pptx]

Presentation by Greg Hand

Presentation by Tammy Duncan

School Grades [pptx]

Presentation by Jane Fletcher

School Grades [pptx]

Presentation by Tracy Halley

Presentation by Danielle Boudreaux

Presentation by Laura Bailey

Archives

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This resource is the 2016 FSA Test Item Specifications for the Algebra 2 End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment. The FSA Algebra 2 EOC was administered for the final time during the Spring 2017 administration.

Resources for 2015–2016 administrations.

Resources for 2014–2015 administrations.

From 2011–2014, the FCAT 2.0 was used to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in reading, mathematics, and writing. In Spring 2015, it was replaced by the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English language arts and mathematics to measure student achievement of the Florida Standards.

These resources are the 2015 FSA Test Item Specifications for ELA and Mathematics and the 2015 Test Design Summary for ELA. The current FSA Test Item Specifications for Mathematics and ELA and the FSA Test Design Summary for ELA were updated May 2016 and can be accessed via the About the FSAs page. The FSA Mathematics Test Design Summary did not change.

These resources are the first draft of the FSA Test Item Specifications that were released June 2014. The current FSA Test Item Specifications for the FSA Mathematics and ELA were updated March 2015 and can be accessed via the About the FSAs page.