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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?
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)?
   
The primary purposes of Florida’s statewide assessments are to improve classroom instruction, to serve as an accountability tool for assessing student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), and to measure progress of individual students schools, districts, and the state towards adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals. Reports of Florida’s statewide assessment results do not provide comparisons to results of other states or the nation.

NAEP measures students’ cumulative knowledge and not necessarily what they were taught in the current school year. NAEP state-level assessments are administered to representative samples of grade 4, 8, and 12 students. The primary purposes of NAEP are to enable states to monitor their progress over time and to compare results with those of other states and across the nation. NAEP does not report scores for individual students, schools, or districts (except for the 21 Trial Urban Districts).

In each administration of NAEP, samples of students in grades 4, 8, and 12 take only one subject and only a portion of the test in that one subject. Within the subject area, students are given a sample of questions. The test is timed and the total actual time on the test is about an hour. Approximately half of the questions are multiple-choice and the other half are extended-response. Florida’s statewide assessments are administered to all students at required grade levels and subject areas, and are composed of multiple-choice items (all grades and subjects) and gridded- or fill-in response items (grades 4-8 Mathematics, Algebra 1 EOC, and Geometry EOC).

The methodology of sampling, the methods of testing, the assessment frameworks, the criteria for performance levels, and reporting scales for each subject in NAEP are different from Florida’s; therefore, there is no direct method for comparing results. NAEP state results can be used to confirm findings regarding student performance based on statewide assessment results, however, comparing the results of Florida’s statewide assessments with those of NAEP should only be done after carrying out a thorough examination of the differences between the tests so the limitations of the comparisons are well understood. The two assessments differ in

  • Purpose
  • Testing context
  • Content assessed and item characteristics
  • Score scale
  • Proficiency-level standards/Basic-level standards
  • Motivation level of students (Florida's statewide assessments are high-stakes tests while NAEP is not)
  • Students assessed (Florida's statewide assessments test all students; NAEP assesses only a sample of students at a sample of schools)

Users should understand that the Florida’s statewide assessments and NAEP provide different, unique perspectives on the academic progress of Florida students, and together they help paint a more complete picture of students’ academic accomplishments.

Florida’s NCLB Accountability Workbook includes the following chart showing the relationship between NAEP and the FCAT 2.0 achievement levels:

FCAT 2.0 Achievement Levels & NAEP Achievement Standards

  • Level 5 - Advanced
  • Level 4 - Proficient
  • Level 3 - Basic
  • Levels 1 and 2 - below Basic

Florida’s NCLB Accountability Workbook can be found at http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplans03/flcsa.doc (Word).



25. Where can I get additional information about NAEP?