Florida Standards Alternate Assessment

All Florida students participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment program (Florida Standards Assessments, Statewide Science Assessment, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA measures student academic performance on the Access Points (FS–AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. They reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity. Beginning in 2016–2017, the FSAA program will include two assessment components. The FSAA—Performance Task (FSAA–PT) is designed to assess students at three levels of complexity and results are reported through achievement levels.

The FSAA—Datafolio is a new assessment component designed to address the needs of a small population of students who typically do not have a formal mode of communication and may be working at pre-academic levels. Student work is aligned to pre-determined standards and submitted via an online portfolio system during three collection periods throughout a school year. Scoring outcomes are designed to show progress along a continuum of access to academic content via reduced levels of assistance and increased accuracy. Regardless of the component with which a student is assessed, it is expected that only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible under IDEA will participate in the FSAA program.

Guidelines for Participation


Florida Statutes, State Laws, and Federal Regulations

State and District Contacts


FSAA Reports, Scores, and Publications

Online FSAA Resource and Training Portal (FSAA)

The FSAA Portal contains the most recent information and resources available for Florida educators. The Portal is arranged with differentiated access for Teachers and Administrators within Datafolio and Performance Task subpages.The following outlines the information available with direct links when applicable.

FSAA—Performance Task

FSAA—Performance Task: Important Dates 2018-19

  • Preorder Materials Window
  • Assessment Dates Window

FSAA—Performance Task: Teachers

FSAA—Performance Task: Coordinator/Trainer


FSAA—Datafolio: Important Dates 2018–19

  • Collection Periods
  • Upload Deadlines

​FSAA—Datafolio: Teacher

FSAA—Datafolio: Alternate Assessment Coordinator (AAC)

FSAA and Florida Alternate Assessment (FAA) Historical Scores & Reports

Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA)

Florida Alternate Assessment (FAA)