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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?
   
FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics scores are reported by Achievement Levels on the new FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics score scales, which were established by the State Board of Education on December 19, 2011. FCAT 2.0 Science scores also will be reported by Achievement Levels, which were established by the State Board of Education on December 12, 2012.
  • FCAT 2.0 Scale Scores: During the fall of 2011, a vertical scaling study was conducted so that performance can be compared across all grade levels for FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics as it was for the FCAT. The new FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics score scales, which are also referred to as developmental score scales, range from 140 to 302 for FCAT 2.0 Reading and from 140 to 298 for FCAT 2.0 Mathematics. (Passing score requirements for the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment and promotion requirements for the Grade 3 FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment are explained in question 20.) The new Grades 5 and 8 FCAT 2.0 Science score scales range from 140 to 260. Since science is not tested at each grade level, FCAT 2.0 Science scores are reported as scale scores and not as developmental scale scores. Additional information regarding the purpose of developmental scale scores is provided in the Parent Information Sheet: Developmental Scale Scores (PDF).
  • Content Area Scores: Content area scores provide the actual number of raw score points earned out of the number of points possible for each reporting category. Reporting categories represent groups of similar student skills, or benchmarks, which are assessed within each grade level and subject. The state mean for each reporting category allows for comparisons to average performance statewide.
  • Achievement Levels: The success a student has achieved with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards assessed by the FCAT 2.0 is described by Achievement Levels that range from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Level 3 indicates satisfactory performance. The tables below provide the developmental scale score range for each FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics Achievement Level and the scale score range for each FCAT 2.0 Science Achievement Level. Students who entered grade 9 in the 2010-11 school year and beyond must earn an Achievement Level 3 or higher in order to pass Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading for graduation purposes. Scoring at or above Achievement Level 3 on the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading indicates that the student is on a pathway to college and career readiness.

Achievement Levels for the FCAT 2.0 Reading Developmental Scale Scores (140 to 302)

Grade Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
3
140-181
182-197
198-209
210-226
227-260
4
154-191
192-207
208-220
221-237
238-269
5
161-199
200-215
216-229
230-245
246-277
6
167-206
207-221
222-236
237-251
252-283
7
171-212
213-227
228-242
243-257
258-289
8
175-217
218-234
235-248
249-263
264-296
9
178-221
222-239
240-252
253-267
268-302
10
188-227
228-244
245-255
256-270
271-302

Achievement Levels for the FCAT 2.0 Mathematics Developmental Scale Scores (140 to 298)

Grade Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
3
140-182
183-197
198-213
214-228
229-260
4
155-196
197-209
210-223
224-239
240-271
5
163-204
205-219
220-233
234-246
247-279
6
170-212
213-226
227-239
240-252
253-284
7
179-219
220-233
234-247
248-260
261-292
8
187-228
229-240
241-255
256-267
268-298

Achievement Levels for the FCAT 2.0 Science Scale Scores (140 to 260)

Grade Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
5
140-184
185-199
200-214
215-224
225-260
8
140-184
185-202
203-214
215-224
225-260


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?
25. Where can I get additional information about NAEP?