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Welcome to the Success Measures web page. We understand that Florida's parents and students need an up-to-date resource for all their assessment questions.
Through the Success Measures website, parents, students, and teachers can access in-depth information about all of Florida's student assessments and learning standards in a timely and meaningful way.
We hope you will find the information and resources useful in helping to prepare your child for his or her educational career path, and we look forward to your feedback.
Statewide Assessment Program
Why Did the FCAT Change?
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test®, which began for select grades in 1998, was administered to students in grades 3-11, approximately 200,000 students per grade. The FCAT measured the Sunshine State Standards in reading and mathematics (grades 3-10), science (grades 5, 8, and 11), and writing (grades 4, 8, and 10).
In the 2010-2011 school year, Florida's statewide assessments began measuring student understanding of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Previous assessments measured student knowledge of the Sunshine State Standards. The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards were adopted in 2007 and developed by hundreds of educators from across the state. Educators have been using the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in their classrooms since 2007.
Transition to Common Core State StandardsThe Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and mathematics in school.
With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards.
In 2010, Florida adopted the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which will impact the way children are taught, how they learn, and how they will be assessed. These standards will be fully implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. By understanding these standards now, parents can get a head start on paving the road to success. Information about the standards is available at the links below:
- 2010 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (Common Core) - English Language Arts
- 2010 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (Common Core) - Mathematics
Florida's timeline for implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, English/Language Arts, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects is available at Florida's CCSS Implementation Timeline (PDF, 104KB).
- Common Core State Standards Initiative
- Florida's Countdown to Common Core
- Parent Resources
- Common Core Implementation Tools and Resources Guide (PDF)
- Just for Parents Newsletter - All About Common Core (PDF, 989KB)
- PTA Common Core Parent Guides
- Kindergarten Guide English (PDF) and Kindergarten Guide Spanish (PDF)
- 1st Grade English (PDF) and 1st Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 2nd Grade English (PDF) and 2nd Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 3rd Grade English (PDF) and 3rd Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 4th Grade English (PDF) and 4th Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 5th Grade English (PDF) and 5th Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 6th Grade English (PDF) and 6th Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 7th Grade English (PDF) and 7th Grade Spanish (PDF)
- 8th Grade English (PDF) and 8th Grade Spanish (PDF)
- Parents Guide FAQ (PDF)
- Parents Guide Webinar (PDF)
- Parent Resources
Planning and Standards Resources
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (Common Core State Standards) are the standards and content being taught in our classrooms today. These benchmarks provide a framework for instruction for all students. You may browse the standards and benchmarks by subject and grade level from a dropdown menu at Standards.
For other resources by school level, please visit the following pages:
Florida Measures of SuccessTo learn more about the individual K12 assessments offered in Florida, visit the links below:
- FCAT 2.0: The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0, which measures student success with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, includes assessments in reading (grades 3-10), mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8) in the 2011-2012 school year.
- Florida End-of-Course Assessments: The Florida End-of-Course Assessments are computer-based tests designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific middle- and high-school level courses, as outlined in their course descriptions. The Algebra 1 EOC Assessment was administered for the first time in May 2011; the Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments were administered for the first time in May 2012; the U.S. History EOC Assessment will be administered for the first time in 2013; and the Civics EOC Assessment will be administered to seventh graders for the first time in 2014.
- NAEP: The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a periodic national assessment of America's students in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.
Assessment schedules will vary by student grade level and subject area. To view Florida assessment scheduling information, visit the links below.
- View 2012-2013 Statewide Assessment Schedule (PDF)
- View 2013 FCAT 2.0 Writing Daily Test Administration Schedule (PDF, 56KB)
- View 2013-2014 Statewide Assessment Schedule (PDF)
- View 2010-2017 NAEP Assessment Schedule
Other Assessment Resources
- Florida's Path to Success
- Bureau of K-12 Assessment
- Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0
- End-of Course (EOC) Assessments
- Frequently Asked Questions