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.

PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for computer-based FSA Mathematics testing.

PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for computer-based FSA ELA Reading testing.

PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for paper-based FSA Grade 3 ELA Reading testing.

PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for paper-based Grades 3 and 4 FSA Mathematics testing.

PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for FSA ELA Writing testing.

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)

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 in grades 8–11 who are administered 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 7/6/16)
Copies of the reference sheets and z-tables are provided in the FSA Mathematics Reference Sheets Packet.  (Updated 10/2/15)

EOC

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PowerPoint presentation that school staff may use to help prepare students for computer-based FSA EOC testing.

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

The Spring 2016 FSA Reporting Updates Webinar PowerPoint presentation and recording from May 17, 2016.

PowerPoint presentation used during and recording from the Spring 2016 Testing Reminders webinar held on April 6 and 8, 2016.

Questions and answers from the Spring 2016 FSA Updates Webinars conducted on January 19 and 20, 2016.

Recording of the FSA Updates Webinar held on January 19, 2016. Includes the Q&A session.

PowerPoint presentation used during the Spring 2016 FSA Updates and Reminders webinar delivered on January 19 and 20, 2016.

Recordings of the presentations given at the FSA Regional Trainings January 26 through February 5, 2015.

Training Module for school and district assessment coordinator tasks completed in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE).

PowerPoint presentations that were used at the FSA Regional Trainings January 26, 2015 through February 5, 2015. (Updated 2/09/15)

A recording of the Secure Browser and TA Interface Demonstration Webinar, with accompanying PowerPoint presentation slides, conducted on December 9 and 10, 2014

FSA PreID Layout and Upload Presentation from November 14, 2014 – Without Questions/Answers

FSA PreID Layout and Upload Presentation from November 14, 2014 – With Questions/Answers

User Guides, Manuals, & Scripts

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This user guide supports Test Administrators (TAs) who access the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) to administer paper-based accommodations (listening items and ASL videos) to students taking the Reading portion of the ELA assessment. (Updated 08/26/16)

This user guide describes how to access and understand the reports in the FSA Reporting System. (Updated 08/17/16)

Guide to assist users with logging in to and navigating through the practice tests. (Updated 08/16/16)

A guide to assist users with logging in to and navigating through the TA Interface and Student Interface. (Updated 08/30/16)

This user guide supports Test Administrators (TAs) who manage testing for students participating in FSA practice tests and operational computer-based assessments. (Updated 08/30/16)

A Quick Guide providing brief instructions on the main tasks in TIDE. (Updated 08/18/16)

User Guide to describe tasks performed in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) for FSA assessments. (Updated 08/17/16)

Scripts and instructions for administering accommodated CBT and PBT FSA ELA Retake, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 EOC assessments.

The Fall/Winter 2016 FSA Test Administration Manual includes scripts and instructions for administering ELA Retake and EOC Assessments.

Scripts and instructions for administering braille FSA Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 EOC assessments.

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

Scripts and instructions for administering FSA Mathematics Practice Tests to students who will take the computer-based practice test via the AIR secure browser.

Scripts and instructions for administering FSA ELA Reading Practice Tests to students who will take the computer-based practice test via the AIR secure browser. Students taking the FSA ELA Reading Retake will use the Grade 10 FSA ELA Reading practice test and test script.

Scripts for administering computer-based FSA ELA Writing practice tests to students who will take the practice test via the AIR secure browser.

This manual provides instructions for installing the FSA secure browsers on supported computers and devices used for online assessments. (Updated 9/9/16)

Test Administration

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

Signs to be posted as applicable during Fall and Winter 2016 FSA administrations.

Checklists to be completed by school and district personnel following Fall and Winter 2016 FSA administrations.

Security Log [pdf]

Forms and agreements to be used during the Fall and Winter 2016 FSA administrations.

A list of frequently asked questions related to FSA and FCAT 2.0/NGSSS Assessment Accommodations.

Comment form for district assessment coordinators, school assessment coordinators, test administrators, and technology coordinators to provide feedback regarding the Fall and Winter FSA Administrations.

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).

A four-page work folder that students taking the computer-based Grades 5–8 FSA Mathematics and the FSA EOC assessments may use to work the mathematics problems.

Accommodations

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A list of frequently asked questions related to FSA and FCAT 2.0/NGSSS Assessment Accommodations.

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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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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AIR Updates [pptx]

Resources for the Fall 2015 Annual District Assessment Coordinator Meeting.

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.