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Florida Writing Assessment Program - Florida Writes! (1993-1999)

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FCAT Writing (2000-2011)

The Florida Writing Assessment was implemented in grades 4, 8, and 10 as required by a law passed by the 1990 legislature. The assessment is designed to measure students' proficiency in writing responses to assigned topics within a designated testing period. The assessment of writing proficiency, by its nature, incorporates the assessment of higher order skills, since students are required to generate and develop the ideas that form the basis for their written responses.

The Student Assessment Services Section (SASS) of the Department of Education, which administers the FLORIDA WRITES!, is also responsible for reporting information about student writing proficiency to students, parents, educators, legislators, and citizens. Students and their parents or guardians receive individual student reports, and teachers and administrators receive school and district reports.

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