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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?
   
Public school students are required to participate in the statewide assessment program.

Private school students do not currently participate in the statewide assessment program because it exists to meet federal and state assessment accountability requirements for Florida public schools; however, public school students attending private school through a school choice scholarship program, such as the McKay Scholarship Program or Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program, may take the FCAT 2.0. 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 assessments beginning in 2013-14.

Home Education Program students may participate in the appropriate grade-level 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 the FCAT 2.0 as that year's annual measure of their Home Education Program student's progress.

All students with disabilities participate in the statewide assessment program. Students with disabilities participate in the FCAT 2.0 without accommodations or with accommodations, depending on the student's individual educational plan (IEP). A small number of students with disabilities who have an IEP may not be required to take the FCAT 2.0. Only those students who meet the exclusion criteria set forth in State Board Rule 6A-1.0943, Florida Administrative Code, Statewide Assessment for Students with Disabilities, can be excluded from taking the FCAT 2.0. Specifically, students whose demonstrated cognitive ability prevents them from completing the required coursework and achieving the state standards and who require extensive direct instruction to accomplish and transfer skills and competencies needed for domestic, community living, leisure, and vocational activities may be excluded from taking the statewide assessment. If a student meets the requirements described above and the IEP team determines that it is not appropriate for the student to take the FCAT 2.0, the student is required to take the Florida Alternate Assessment. A student for whom the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards are inappropriate will work toward a special diploma. There is also a special exemption from participation in the statewide assessment due to extraordinary circumstances. For additional information about the statewide assessment program as it pertains to students with disabilities, please contact the Bureau of Exceptional Students and Educational Services.

English Language Learners (ELLs) are expected to participate in statewide assessments; however, in accordance with State Board Rule 6A-6.0902, Florida Administrative Code, Requirements for Identification, Eligibility Programmatic and Annual Assessments of English Language Learners, if an ELL has been receiving services in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program operated in accordance with an approved district ELL plan for one year or less AND a majority of the student's ELL committee determines that it is appropriate, the ELL may be exempt from the FCAT 2.0 Reading administration. Exempt ELL students must still participate in the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA). Additionally, all ELLs are expected to participate in FCAT 2.0 Writing, Mathematics, and Science no matter how long these students have been receiving services. For additional information about the statewide assessment program as it pertains to ELLs, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition.



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?
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 (FCAT 2.0/Florida EOC Assessments)?
25. Where can I get additional information about NAEP?