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Assessment and School Performance

All · FCAT 2.0—Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 · Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments · FTCE – Florida Teacher Certification Examinations and FELE – Florida Educational Leadership Examination · NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress

FCAT 2.0—Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0

1. What is the FCAT 2.0?
2. When will students take the FCAT 2.0?
3. How is the assessment schedule determined each year?
4. How will the statewide assessment program transition from FCAT to FCAT 2.0?
5. Are all students required to take the FCAT 2.0?
6. What happens if a student does not participate in the assessments?
7. May students receive testing accommodations on the FCAT 2.0?
8. Are parents/guardians allowed to review the assessment?
9. How can parents/guardians help their children prepare for the assessment?
10. How are the FCAT and FCAT 2.0 different?
11. What FCAT 2.0 assessments are or will be computer-based?
12. What will students experience when taking the computer-based assessments?
13. Can a student choose to take a paper-and-pencil version of the assessment instead of the computer-based version?
14. How are the FCAT 2.0 assessments developed?
15. What are test item specifications?
16. Where can I obtain a copy of the FCAT 2.0 Mathematics reference sheets?
17. How will the FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics, and Science scores be reported?
18. How will FCAT 2.0 Writing scores be reported?
19. How were FCAT Equivalent Scores determined for the FCAT 2.0?
20. What is the passing score for the FCAT 2.0?
21. What promotion options are available for grade 3 students who have not passed the FCAT 2.0?
22. What options are available to high school seniors who have not passed the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment?
23. How many times can a high school student retake the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment prior to graduation?
24. Do students receive remediation based on their FCAT 2.0 scores?
25. What does the FCAT 2.0 cost to administer, score, and report results?
26. Who is the FCAT 2.0 contractor?
27. What is the legislative authority for the FCAT 2.0?

Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

1. What are the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?
2. What is the legislative authority for the Florida EOC Assessments?
3. What subject areas are tested by EOC assessments?
4. Are there plans for additional EOC assessments at this time?
5. Which students will participate in the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
6. Which students will participate in the Biology 1 EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
7. Which students will participate in the Geometry EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
8. Which students will participate in the U.S. History EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
9. Which students will participate in the Civics EOC Assessment in the 2013-14 school year?
10. Are EOC assessments computer-based or paper-based?
11. When do students take the EOC assessments?
12. Are all students required to take the EOC assessments?
13. What will students experience when taking the computer-based EOC assessments?
14. How will the EOC assessment scores be reported?
15. Where can I access the statewide assessment schedules?
16. What is the passing score for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?
17. What is the passing score for the Biology 1 EOC Assessment?
18. What is the passing score for the Geometry EOC Assessment?
19. What is the passing score for the U.S. History EOC Assessment?
20. When will Achievement Levels be available for the Civics EOC Assessment?
21. How will the EOC assessment scores be reported prior to establishing the Achievement Levels and passing scores?
22. Will districts receive the EOC assessment student results in time for report cards?
23. May a student who is subject to the 30% course grading requirement retake an EOC assessment to improve his or her course grade?
24. Are comparative scores established for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?
25. Are parents/guardians allowed to review the test?
26. How can I learn more about the EOC assessments?
27. Where do I obtain the reference sheets for the Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments?
28. What do the Florida EOC Assessments cost to administer, score, and report results?
29. Who is the Florida EOC Assessments contractor?

FTCE – Florida Teacher Certification Examinations and FELE – Florida Educational Leadership Examination

1. Scoring: What is the percentage of correct answers required to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) and the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)?
2. Scoring: How do I interpret the FTCE/FELE Maximum Percentages Needed to Achieve a Minimum Passing Score Table (accessed through question number one) to determine the maximum percentage required to pass an examination?
3. Scoring: How do I interpret scores for examinations that have performance components such as oral or written requirements?
4. Scoring: What are FTCE and FELE scale scores?
5. Scoring: What are the minimum passing scale scores for the FTCE and FELE?
6. Scoring: Why are teacher certification scores reported as pass or fail?
7. Scoring: Why does the number of questions needed to pass an examination vary slightly from one administration to the next?
8. General Knowledge Test: Why is the Mathematics Subtest of the General Knowledge Test required to obtain a professional Florida teaching certificate for someone who will not be teaching mathematics education?
9. General Knowledge Test: How can I waive the Math Section of the General Knowledge Test?
10. General Knowledge Test: How can I prepare for the Mathematics subtest of the General Knowledge Test?
11. General Knowledge Test: Why is the Essay portion of the General Knowledge Test required to obtain a professional Florida teaching certificate for someone who will not be teaching language arts?
12. General Knowledge Test: How can I waive the Essay portion of the General Knowledge Test?
13. General Knowledge Test: How can I prepare for the General Knowledge Essay?
14. Fees: Why were the FTCE/FELE fees increased?
15. Fees: Are there funds that may assist teachers with test fees?
16. Pilot Testing: If I participate in a pilot test, does it affect my scores in any way?
17. Contractor: Who is the official contractor working with the Department of Education on the FTCE and FELE?
18. Test Development: Does the Department endorse the recruitment of Subject Matter Experts for FTCE test development meetings?
19. Test Content: How many questions are on each examination, and how much time is allotted for each test?
20. Social Security Number: Why does the FTCE/FELE registration application request my Social Security Number and how will it be used?

NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress

1. What is NAEP?
2. What is the Legislative Authority for NAEP?
3. What is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2001?
4. Who is responsible for administering NAEP?
5. What is NAGB?
6. Why is NAEP administered?
7. What is the basis of NAEP?
8. What unique benefits does NAEP provide to Florida?
9. What types of items and formats does NAEP include?
10. Who participates in NAEP?

11. How are schools and students selected to participate in NAEP?
   
As The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP must report accurate results for populations of students and subgroups of these students (e.g., minority students, students from low-income families). To ensure accurate results, the relatively small samples of students must be truly representative of the entire student population in the state.

NAEP uses a process called “probability sampling” to select a representative sample of Florida students. Probability sampling is based on

  • Extent of urbanization
  • Percentage of minority enrollment
  • School standing on statewide achievement tests
  • Socioeconomic status of the students

The relative emphasis on each characteristic varies by state, as some states are more diverse than others.

After the stratification process, systematic sampling is utilized to choose the samples of schools. For national assessments not involving state-by-state samples (even-numbered years), regions of the country are also considered.

Once the schools are selected, a representative sample of students within each school is selected using a probability sampling design. The goal is to ensure that the resulting sample of students contains a representative cross-section of the student population in the state. Within a selected school, all students within a participating grade have an equal chance of being selected. The probability of a student and school being selected as part of the sample varies based on factors such as:

  • Grade
  • Subject
  • Public and private school status
  • School size

These probabilities are important in producing NAEP results, and NAEP takes them into account in the calculation of results through the process of applying sampling weights. The overall goal of the sampling process is that every eligible student within the state has the same probability of selection. Also, if a student or school is sampled for participation in NAEP, there is no effect on their future probability of selection. Being selected one year does not affect the chance of being chosen the next year.

If a school is chosen repeatedly to participate in NAEP, typically it is because the school has more than about 1 percent of the state’s student enrollment in the selected grade. Other schools, with approximately .5 to 1 percent of the enrollment, are selected frequently though not always. Smaller schools may be selected repeatedly in states whose student population in a grade is too small to meet NAEP sample size.

Sampling produces accurate estimates of student achievement while reducing the amount of time and cost to administer and score the assessment. Administering NAEP to all students in a state or the nation would be very expensive, especially as NAEP includes many constructed-response questions that are costly to score.

NAEP does not report results for individual students, schools, or districts, except for the 21 Trial Urban Districts. Therefore, it is not necessary to assess and report results for every student in every school. If the student population in the grade being assessed is less than the sample size set for that assessment at that grade (will vary from year to year), the school can elect to have all the students included in the sample. If it is over the allowed maximum number, then the students are randomly sampled. It is possible for grade 4 and grade 8 students from the same school to be selected, but the samples are independent of one another and will not be assessed on the same day.

For complete coverage of the subject being assessed, several hundred assessment questions are needed. Testing all students on the entire collection of questions that comprise each NAEP assessment is too time-consuming and impractical. Hence, no single student in the sample takes the entire assessment.



12. Do students with disabilities (SD) and/or English language learners (ELL) receive accommodations for NAEP?
13. When is NAEP administered?
14. How much time does it take to administer NAEP?
15. Do students receive individual NAEP results?
16. When and how are NAEP results released?
17. How are NAEP results used?
18. Are the NAEP results available on the Internet?
19. How are NAEP scores reported?
20. How many times has NAEP been administered?
21. What is the schedule for future administrations of NAEP?
22. Have NAEP assessment items been released?
23. What is the history of the NAEP program?
24. How does NAEP compare to Florida’s statewide assessments?
25. Where can I get additional information about NAEP?