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Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments


1. What are the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?
   
The Florida EOC Assessments are designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses, as outlined in the course descriptions. These assessments are part of Florida's Next Generation Strategic Plan for the purpose of increasing student achievement and improving college and career readiness. The first assessment to begin the transition to end-of-course testing in Florida was the 2011 Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments were administered for the first time in spring 2012, and the U.S. History EOC Assessment was administered for the first time in spring 2013. The Civics EOC Assessment will be administered for the first time in spring 2014. The transition schedule (PDF) for end-of-course testing is provided on the Florida EOC Assessments website.


2. What is the legislative authority for the Florida EOC Assessments?
   
The purpose and design of the statewide assessment program can be found in Chapter 1008, Part II, Florida Statutes. Language pertaining to Florida EOC Assessments may be found in Section 1008.22, Florida Statutes. The 2010 Legislature authorized the Florida EOC Assessments with the passage of Senate Bill 4.


3. What subject areas are tested by EOC assessments?
   
In the 2013-14 school year, students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1, and U.S. History will take EOC assessments aligned to the following high-school-level courses:
  • Algebra 1 EOC Assessment – Course Number 1200310, Algebra 1
  • Geometry EOC Assessment – Course Number 1206310, Geometry
  • Biology 1 EOC Assessment – Course Number 2000310, Biology 1
  • U.S. History EOC Assessment – Course Number 2100310, United States History

In the 2013-14 school year, middle grades students enrolled in Civics will take the Civics EOC Assessment aligned to Course Number 2106015, M/J Civics.




4. Are there plans for additional EOC assessments at this time?
   
Not at this time.


5. Which students will participate in the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
   
All students enrolled in and completing the following courses must take the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment:
  • Algebra 1 – 1200310
  • Algebra 1 Honors – 1200320
  • Algebra 1B – 1200380
  • Pre-AICE Mathematics 1 – 1209810
  • IB Middle Years Program – Algebra 1 Honors – 1200390

In addition, the following students are eligible to participate in an Algebra 1 EOC Assessment administration:

  • Students who need to earn a passing score for graduation purposes
  • Students who have not yet taken the assessment to be averaged as 30 percent of their course grade
  • Students who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake the assessment to improve their course grade
  • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course credit
  • Private school and out-of-state students who will enroll in a Florida public school



6. Which students will participate in the Biology 1 EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
   
All students enrolled in and completing the following courses must take the Biology 1 EOC Assessment:
  • Biology 1 – 2000310
  • Biology 1 Honors – 2000320
  • Pre-AICE Biology – 2000322
  • Biology Technology – 2000430
  • Biology 1 PreIB – 2000800
  • IB Middle Years Program Biology Honors – 2000850
  • Integrated Science 3 – 2002440
  • Integrated Science 3 Honors – 2002450

In addition, the following students are eligible to participate in a Biology 1 EOC Assessment administration:

  • Students who need to earn a passing score for a standard diploma with a Scholar designation
  • Students who have not yet taken the assessment to be averaged as 30 percent of their course grade
  • Students who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake the assessment to improve their course grade
  • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course credit
  • Private school and out-of-state students who will enroll in a Florida public school



7. Which students will participate in the Geometry EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
   
All students enrolled in and completing the following courses must take the Geometry EOC Assessment:
  • Geometry – 1206310
  • Geometry Honors – 1206320
  • IB Middle Years Program Geometry Honors – 1206810
  • Pre-AICE Mathematics 2 – 120982

In addition, the following students are eligible to participate in a Geometry EOC Assessment administration:

  • Students who have not yet taken the assessment to be averaged as 30 percent of their course grade
  • Students who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake the assessment to improve their course grade
  • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course credit
  • Private school and out-of-state students who will enroll in a Florida public school



8. Which students will participate in the U.S. History EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
   
All students enrolled in and completing the following courses must take the U.S. History EOC Assessment:
  • United States History – 2100310
  • United States History Honors – 2100320
  • Visions and Countervisions: Europe, U.S. and the World from 1848 – 2100390
  • Visions and Countervisions: Europe, U.S. and the World from 1848 Honors – 2100480

In addition, the following students are eligible to participate in a U.S. History EOC Assessment administration:

  • Students who need to earn a passing score for a standard diploma with a Scholar designation
  • Students who have not yet taken the assessment to be averaged as 30 percent of their course grade
  • Students who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake the assessment to improve their course grade
  • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course credit
  • Private school and out-of-state students who will enroll in a Florida public school



9. Which students will participate in the Civics EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
   

All middle grades students enrolled in and completing one of the following courses must take the Civics EOC Assessment:

  • Civics – 2106010
  • Civics – 2106015
  • Civics & Career Planning – 2106016
  • Civics, Advanced – 2106020
  • Civics, Advanced – 2106025
  • Civics, Advanced & Career Planning – 2106026
  • Civics and Digital Technologies – 2106029
  • M/J U.S. History & Civics—2100045



10. Are EOC assessments computer-based or paper-based?
   
For the majority of students, the EOC assessments are computer-based. Exceptions are made for students with disabilities who need to take EOC assessments on paper.


11. When do students take the EOC assessments?
   
During the first school year of implementation, each EOC assessment will be administered at the end of the spring semester. After the first school year of implementation, each EOC assessment will be administered at the conclusion of both the fall and spring semesters to accommodate courses that conclude at the end of each semester. In addition to the winter and spring administrations, a summer administration will take place for each EOC assessment.

Statewide assessment schedules are provided on the Department’s website by August 1st one school year prior to testing. The 2013-14 administration schedule for the Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, and Civics EOC Assessments is available at http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-6453/clarif1213release1314a.pdf (PDF).

The schedule for transitioning to EOC assessments is provided in the document, Transition to Next Generation and Computer-based Tests in Florida (PDF).




12. Are all students required to take the EOC assessments?
   
Public school students are required to participate in the statewide assessment program.

Private school students planning to transfer to the public school system may participate in the EOC assessments in order to satisfy public school graduation requirements. Public school students attending private schools through the use of a school choice scholarship, such as the McKay Scholarship Program or Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program, may take the EOC assessments. Private schools that have at least one enrolled FTC Scholarship student will have the opportunity for all students enrolled in the school to participate in the statewide assessment program beginning in 2013-14. (PDF)

Home Education Program students may participate in the appropriate statewide assessments if they are used as the chosen measure of yearly progress. At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians must notify the district testing office of their intention to use an EOC assessment as that year’s annual measure of their Home Education Program student’s progress in a course.

Students with disabilities who have an individual educational plan (IEP) may have the EOC assessment results waived for the purpose of determining the student’s course grade. To be considered for an EOC assessment results waiver, the student must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be identified as a student with a disability, as defined in Section 1007.02(2), Florida Statutes,
  2. Have an active individual educational plan,
  3. Have taken the EOC assessment with appropriate allowable accommodations at least once, and
  4. Have demonstrated, as determined by the IEP team, achievement of the course standards.

For additional information about the statewide assessment program as it pertains to students with disabilities, please contact the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services.

English Language Learners (ELLs) are expected to participate in EOC assessments. Although certain ELLs may be exempt from the FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment, in accordance with the guidelines set forth in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.0902, Florida Administrative Code, Requirements for Identification, Eligibility Programmatic and Annual Assessments of English Language Learners, this exemption only applies to the comprehensive assessment of reading. All ELLs are expected to participate in the EOC assessments scheduled for implementation. For additional information about the statewide assessment program as it pertains to ELLs, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition.




13. What will students experience when taking the computer-based EOC assessments?
   
First-time test takers will be required to participate in a practice test session scheduled by their school to become familiar with the testing tools and platform prior to the day of testing, and a practice test will be available online for students to practice on their own. Because of differences between the content areas, students must participate in a practice session for each assessment they will take.

On the day of testing, a student will use the unique username and password information assigned to the student on the student authorization ticket to log in to the assessment. Once the student is logged in to the testing platform, he or she cannot access any other applications on the computer. Assessment content and student responses will be secure and saved in an encrypted format. A student can change his or her answers at any time until the assessment is submitted by the student. Student scores will be provided as determined by the Department and are not available immediately upon completion of the assessment.

The tools and resources available to students will vary depending on the content area assessed. Students taking a computer-based assessment have access to the following e-tools, which are also called CBT tools, in the computer-based platform.

All Florida EOC Assessments

  • Review: Students may use this e-tool to mark items to be reviewed at a later time. Before exiting the assessment and submitting their responses, students will be taken to a screen which identifies questions that are answered, unanswered, and marked for review.
  • Eliminate Choice: Students may use this tool to mark through answer choices that they wish to eliminate.
  • Highlighter: Students may use this tool to highlight sections of a question or reading passage.
  • Eraser: Students may use the eraser to remove marks made by the highlighter or the eliminate-choice tool.
  • Help: Students may click the Help icon to learn more about the e-tools.

Algebra 1, Biology 1, and Geometry EOC Assessments

  • Calculator: Students will be provided access to a calculator, which appears in a pop-up window. For Algebra 1 and Biology 1, students use a four-function calculator. For Geometry, students use a scientific calculator.
  • Exhibit: For Algebra 1 and Geometry, students will be provided a reference sheet of commonly used formulas and conversions to work the problems. For Biology 1, students will be provided with a Periodic Table of the Elements. The reference sheet and the periodic table appear in a pop-up window under the exhibit icon. Students also will be provided with directions for completing fill-in response questions (Algebra 1 and Geometry) and a diagram and helpful hints for the appropriate calculator under the exhibit icon.
  • Straightedge: Students will be provided a straightedge tool, which looks like a ruler without measuring units. Students will use the straightedge as they would use the edge of a piece of paper to help work a problem.

In addition to these tools, students taking the Algebra 1, Biology 1, and Geometry EOC Assessments are also provided work folders to use as scratch paper. Schools may permit students to use approved hand-held calculators, and schools can also provide paper versions of the reference sheet and periodic table.

U.S. History and Civics EOC Assessments

  • Notepad: Students may use the notepad to make notes on a particular question for later reference. Each question has its own notepad, so any notes a student makes remain with that question. In addition, students are provided with a CBT worksheet to make notes.

Additional information is provided on the computer-based testing website.




14. How will the EOC assessment scores be reported?
   
Florida EOC Assessments will be reported using scale scores and Achievement Levels. However, the Department cannot establish the Achievement Levels until a baseline test administration has occurred. This means that when an EOC assessment is administered for the first time (such as the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in spring 2011), the reporting of student assessment results are limited to T-scale scores, as well as statewide means and other normative data (see How will the EOC assessment scores be reported prior to establishing the Achievement Levels and passing scores?). On December 19, 2011, the State Board of Education established the score scale and Achievement Levels for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. On December 12, 2012, the State Board of Education established the score scales and Achievement Levels for the Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments. On January 22, 2014, the State Board of Education established the score scale and Achievement Levels for the U.S. History EOC Assessment. The score scale and Achievement Levels for the Civics EOC Assessment will be available in 2015.

Achievement Levels for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Scale Scores (325 to 475)

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(Passing)
Level 4 Level 5
325-374 375-398 399-424 425-436 437-475

Achievement Levels for the Biology 1 EOC Assessment Scale Scores (325 to 475)

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(Passing)
Level 4 Level 5
325-368 369-394 395-420 421-430 431-475

Achievement Levels for the Geometry EOC Assessment Scale Scores (325 to 475)

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(Passing)
Level 4 Level 5
325-369 370-395 396-417 418-433 434-475

Achievement Levels for the U.S. History EOC Assessment Scale Scores (325 to 475)

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(Passing)
Level 4 Level 5
325-377 378-396 397-416 417-431 432-475

Performance in Achievement Level 3 indicates satisfactory performance. Scoring at or above Achievement Level 4 indicates the student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college-readiness standards by the time the student graduates from high school.




15. Where can I access the statewide assessment schedules?
   
The statewide assessment schedules are posted on the Department’s website at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/schedule.asp.


16. What is the passing score for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?
   
The passing score for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment is 399.


17. What is the passing score for the Biology 1 EOC Assessment?
   
The passing score for the Biology 1 EOC Assessment is 395.


18. What is the passing score for the Geometry EOC Assessment?
   
The passing score for the Geometry EOC Assessment is 396.


19. What is the passing score for the U.S. History EOC Assessment?
   

The passing score for the U.S. History EOC Assessment is 397.




20. When will Achievement Levels be available for the Civics EOC Assessment?
   
The scale-score ranges for the Civics EOC Assessment Achievement Levels will be identified through a standard-setting process in fall 2014. The Civics EOC Assessment Achievement Levels will be available in 2015.


21. How will the EOC assessment scores be reported prior to establishing the Achievement Levels and passing scores?
   
Each time a new EOC assessment is administered for the first time (such as the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in spring 2011), the reporting of student assessment results will be limited to scale scores, as well as statewide means and other normative data. Students will receive a score on a scale of 20-80. This scale is a special scale known as a T-score scale. On this scale, a score of 50 is at the statewide average. Individual Student Reports (ISRs) will indicate whether the student’s score falls within the high, middle, or low levels as compared to other students in Florida who took the assessment. School districts will be required to determine how to appropriately use these scale scores as 30% of student final course grades.


22. Will districts receive the EOC assessment student results in time for report cards?
   
In any year, this will be dependent upon the last day of school in each district and their timeline for generating report cards. Up to two weeks will be needed to score each EOC assessment after testing has been completed for each subject. In addition, s. 1008.22, F.S., gives the Commissioner the authority to extend the reporting schedule under exigent circumstances.


23. May a student who is subject to the 30% course grading requirement retake an EOC assessment to improve his or her course grade?
   
Yes; however, this option is only available to students who are eligible to do so under the grade forgiveness policies of their school district.


24. Are comparative scores established for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?
   
On September 17, 2013, the State Board of Education established a comparative score for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. The score that may be used to satisfy the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment portion of a student’s graduation requirements is a score of 97 on the mathematics portion of the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Students entering grade 9 in the 2011-12 school year and later must pass the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment or achieve a comparative score as part of their graduation requirements.


25. Are parents/guardians allowed to review the test?
   
EOC assessment items will be used on future assessments. Allowing the general public to review the items would compromise the validity of the tests, thereby depleting the supply of test items for future test administrations. Statewide assessments are confidential under the authority of Section 1008.23, Florida Statutes.


26. How can I learn more about the EOC assessments?
   
To learn more about the content of the EOC assessments, individuals may review the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the description of the course for which the EOC assessment is required, and the Florida End-of-Course Assessment Test Item Specifications. Links to these and additional resources may be found on the Florida End-of-Course Assessment website. The Standards and course descriptions specify the expectations for student learning in Florida and provide the basis for the content that will be measured on each EOC assessment. The Florida End-of-Course Assessment Test Item Specifications provide information regarding the content and format of the assessments as well as sample test items for each benchmark assessed. Sample computer-based practice tests, also called ePATs, for the Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, and Civics EOC Assessments may be downloaded on PearsonAccess.


27. Where do I obtain the reference sheets for the Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments?
   
The same reference sheet is provided for both the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment and the Geometry EOC Assessment. This reference sheet is posted at http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/pdf/algebra1.pdf and may be found in the appendices of the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Test Item Specifications (PDF) and the Geometry EOC Assessment Test Item Specifications (PDF).


28. What do the Florida EOC Assessments cost to administer, score, and report results?
   
The cost per scored test for the 2011-2012 school year was $13.37, and the cost per student was $30.59. This includes all costs associated with Florida EOC Assessments currently administered and in development (Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, and Civics), as well as costs associated with FCAT 2.0 Reading (grades 3-10, and Retake), FCAT 2.0 Mathematics (grades 3-8), FCAT 2.0 Science (grades 5 and 8), development of FCAT 2.0 Writing (grades 4, 8, and 10), FCAT Writing (grades 4, 8, and 10), and FCAT Reading/Mathematics Retakes. The costs include development of test questions, holding review meetings with Florida educators, field-testing, production of computer-based, paper-based, and accommodated tests, printing of tests, shipping and return of test materials, scoring, reporting scores to parents/guardians, schools, districts, and the State, sample test materials, test administration materials/manuals, and analyses and research.


29. Who is the Florida EOC Assessments contractor?
   
NCS Pearson, Inc., is the current EOC contractor responsible for development, administration, and scoring activities.