Annual Assessment Requirement


Florida Statutes requires a private school participating in the Florida Tax Credit, Gardiner Scholarship or Hope Scholarship Program to demonstrate academic accountability to the parent by annually administering or making provisions for students participating in the scholarship program to take one of the nationally norm-referenced tests identified by the Department of Education or the statewide assessments pursuant to Section 1008.22, Florida Statutes.

Norm-Referenced Assessment

Below is the list of acceptable norm-referenced assessments:

  1. ACT Aspire
  2. Basic Achievement Skills Inventory-Comprehensive Version
  3. Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CTP 4)
  4. Curriculum Associates – i-Ready Assessments (approved for grades 3-12 only)
  5. Educational Development Series (EDSERIES), Forms J and K
  6. Iowa Assessments-Core Battery, Forms E, F, and G.
  7. Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)-Core Battery, Forms A and B
  8. Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)-Core Battery, Form C
  9. Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)-Complete Battery, Form C
  10. Iowa Tests of Educational Development® (ITED®), Form C
  11. Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement Third Edition, Brief Form (KTEA-III Brief)
  12. Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement Third Edition, Comprehensive Form (KTEA-III)
  13. NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  14. Pivot INSPECT Summative Assessment
  15. PSAT/NMSQT®
  16. Scantron Performance Series
  17. Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (Stanford 10)
  18. STAR (Math Enterprise, Reading Enterprise)
  19. TerraNova, Third Edition (TerraNova 3)
  20. Wide Range Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (WRAT4)

If a private school wishes to request to use another assessment test, it must provide a letter on school letterhead stating the name of the assessment test and the reasons for requesting the test. In addition, the private school or test publisher must submit appropriate documentation that demonstrates the assessment meets all of the criteria listed below.

  1. Norming studies that show dates of the studies, definition of the populations sampled, the procedure used to draw the samples, sample sizes, participation rates, and any weighting or smoothing procedure used to make the sample data better represent the population. Norming studies must have been conducted within the last 10 years, with 5 years being preferable.
  2. Internal consistency/reliability must be reported for content sub-domains (e.g., mathematics, reading) at a minimum of 0.80, and that reliability data be reported for each grade level.
  3. For any open-ended, constructed-response items, rater agreement information (e.g., exact rater agreement rates, intraclass correlations, or kappa coefficients) should be reported.
  4. The standard error of measurement and conditional standard error of measurement (at various test score levels) should also be reported.
  5. The test developer must include a clear description of the construct to be measured, the purpose of the test, intended interpretation of the scores/other test results, and intended test-taking population.
  6. Documentation must include conceptual, empirical, and theoretical evidence that the test meets its intended purposes and support the intended interpretations of test results for the intended populations.
  7. Documentation must include evidence that each test is aligned with rigorous content standards, and serves as an adequate measure of K-12 student achievement in core academic areas. 

Requests for the use of another assessment test must be provided to the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice in writing by September 15 each year.

Statewide Assessments

As an alternative, sections 1002.385, 1002.395 and 1002.40, Florida Statutes, allow participating private schools to offer and administer Florida's statewide assessments to all students who attend the private school in grades 3 through 10. A participating private school must submit a request in writing to the Department of Education by March 1 of each year to offer the statewide assessments in the subsequent school year.

Further information related to the statewide assessment option is available at the State Assessment Program page.

Reporting Assessment Results

FTC and Gardiner Scholarship Programs

Participating private schools must report a student's scores to the parent and must submit scores to the independent research organization selected by the Department of Education by August 15 each year. Please send copies of score sheets with name, testing date, and national percentile ranking to:

Melissa Dyehouse
Learning Systems Institute
Florida State University
Suite 4600 University Center Bldg. C
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2540

HOPE Scholarship Program

Participating private schools must report a student's scores to the parent.