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, and Science. Access Points reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity. Student performance is assessed at three levels of complexity. Students' achievement is reported through performance levels described as emergent, achieved and commended. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is expected that only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible under IDEA will participate in the FSAA.

Guidelines for Participation


Florida Statutes, State Laws, and Federal Regulations

State and District Contacts



Online FSAA Resource and Training Portal (FSAA)

Performance Task Testing Schedule

  • 2015-16 – grades 3-8
    • Materials Shipped to Districts: Between February 19-24, 2016
    • Student Testing Window: February 29-April 15, 2016
    • Student Responses entered into online system: By April 15, 2016
    • Materials Returned: By May 13, 2016
  • 2015-16 – grades 9-10 and EOCs
    • Materials Shipped to Districts: Between March 15-23, 2016
    • Student Testing Window: From receipt of material through April 29, 2016
    • Student Responses entered into online system: By April 29, 2016
    • Materials Returned: By April 10, 2016 

Performance Task Materials

FSAA Performance Task Administration

FSAA Performance Task Resources

Florida Standards Assessment - Datafolio

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