Florida StandardsAssessments (FSA)Spring 2021GENEVA ELEMENTARY
Agenda What are the Florida Standards Assessments?––––––Subjects and Grades AssessedTest ScheduleTest TimingTest Design and Test Item TypesState Science AssessmentScore Information How are FSA results used? Helpful Resources
What are the Florida Standards? The Florida Standards were adopted in 2014 in English/LanguageArts and Mathematics to help prepare Florida students for successin college, career, and in life by emphasizing analytical thinkingskills. The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) provides a more authenticassessment of the Florida Standards because they include multiplechoice, create graphs, interact with test content, and write andrespond in different ways than required on traditional tests. Question types will assess students' higher-order thinking skills inkeeping with the higher expectations of the Florida Standards.
Benchmarks for Excellent StudentThinking (B.E.S.T) Standards Timeline for the implementation of the newB.E.S.T standards.
Who participates? Per Florida Statute 1008.22, all public school studentsare required to participate in the statewide assessmentprogram.– All English Language Learners (ELLs) must participate in FSAassessments (including ELA). This includes ELLs who havebeen enrolled in school in the U.S. for less than one year.– Accommodations may be provided to students with a currentIndividual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Types of accommodations include:––––––Flexible PresentationFlexible RespondingFlexible SchedulingFlexible SettingAssistive Devices & ToolsLarge Print, One-Item-Per-Page, Braille
What subjects and grades are tested?All tests will be paper-based and MUST begiven at the school. Grades 3-5 FSA English Language Arts (ELA) Grades 4-5 FSA Writing– A student must take both the Writing and Reading teststo receive an FSA ELA score. Grades 3-5 FSA Mathematics Grade 5 Statewide Science
What are the test windows?AssessmentGrade LevelTest Date(s)FSA WritingGrades 4 and 5April 5 (Monday)Make-ups: April 16Make-ups: TBD (May)FSA ELAGrade 3April 5 & 6 (Monday & Tuesday)Make-ups: April 6-16FSA ELAGrades 4 and 5May 3 & 4 (Monday & Tuesday)Make-ups: May 4-14FSA MathGrades 3-5May 6 & 7 (Thursday & Friday)Make-ups: May 7-14State ScienceGrade 5May 11 & 12 (Tuesday & Wednesday)Make-ups: May 12-21
Are the tests timed? YES! FSA Writing – Grades 4 and 5– 120 minutes (1 session)– A 3-minute break after 60 minutes of testing FSA ELA – Grades 3, 4, and 5FSA Mathematics – Grades 3, 4, and 5Statewide Science – Grade 5– 160 minutes over two days 80 minutes – Day 1 80 minutes – Day 2– A short break is given after 40 minutes of testing
Paper-based Test Materials Grade 3-5 ELA & Mathematics– Students will receive a Test and Answer Book– Students will work problems in their test and answer book Grades 4 and 5 Writing– Students will receive a Writing Planning Sheet and aTest and Answer Book Grade 5 Science– Students will receive a Test Book and an Answer Book/Sheet Practice Tests have been developed by DOE. Students will have anopportunity to take the practice test at the school prior to the actualtest.– Available on the FSA portal for public access.Go to fsassessments.org Practice Tests
Test Design Information https://fsassessments.org/about-the-fsas.stml Test Design Information:– Statewide Assessment Program Information GuideThis document provides information about the Florida StandardsAssessments (FSA) and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards(NGSSS) assessments, including the considerations governing item andtest development, the mechanics of item and test scoring, and themeaning of the different assessment scores.– Test Item Specifications and Test Design SummariesThese documents are a resource that defines the content and format of thetest and test items. Also, indicates the alignment of items with the FloridaStandards. Grade 3-5 Mathematics Test Item Specifications Grade 3-5 ELA Test Item Specifications
Test Design – ELA (Reading & Writing)ELA-READING CONTENT CATEGORIESGrades 3-5Approximate percentage of raw score points for each category.Reading Text TypesLiterature - 50%Informational - 50%Key Ideas and Details15-25%Craft and Structure25-35%Integration ofKnowledge and Ideas20-30%Language and Editing15-25%Text-Based Writing(Grades 4-5)Determined eachyearTotal Number of Items56-60ELAPERCENTAGE OF POINTS BYDEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK)* LEVELGrades 3-5DOK Level 1 (Low)10-20%DOK Level 2 (Mod)60-80%DOK Level 3 (High)10-20%Note: Text-based Writing (G4-5) component is aDOK Level 3 task.*DOK refers to the complexity level of the cognitiveprocess demanded by a test item rather than the difficultyof the item. Level 1: Recall and Reproduction, Level 2:Skills and Concepts, and Level 3: Strategic Thinkingv Grades 3-5 ELA Test Item fsas.stmlApproximately 6-10 items within the Reading and Language components listed aboveare field test items are included in the ranges above but are not included in the students’ score.
Test Design - Reading Two types of Reading passages:– Informational: provide readers with facts about a particularsubject and may include magazine and newspaper articles,editorials, and biographies– Literary: written primarily for reader’s enjoyment and mayinclude short stories, poems, folk tales, and selections fromnovels– Students are also asked to evaluate and correct grade-levelerrors in a “draft” essay Approximate Word Count Range for Text or Text Set– Grade 3: 100-700– Grade 4: 100-900– Grade 5: 200-1000
Test Design - Writing FSA Writing (Grades 4 and 5)– Writing component consists of one text-basedconstructed-response item Students read a variety of texts and respond to a prompt– Prompt will ask for the student’s opinion or ask the student toinform/explain Students will draw upon the texts to provide evidence and informationto support their claims or explanations– Writing Score (10 raw score points) – there are 3 domains: Purpose, Focus, and Organization (4 points) Evidence and Elaboration (4 points) Conventions and Standard English (2 p/3031/urlt/OpinionlRubric4-5 .php/3031/urlt/0015122-InformationalRubric4-5 Final1.pdf
Writing Passage & PromptGrade 5 Sample
Writing Rubric and Sample
Writing Testing Tips1. Read the prompt and determine whether it is asking forinformation/explanation, or an opinion/argument2. Read the texts, looking for details to support information oropinion/argument3. Use the Planning Sheet to organize thoughts and details4. Write and edit response. Make sure it contains: Clearly stated and strongly maintained idea or argumentDetails from the passages to support idea or argumentVariety of sentence types and transitional strategiesClear and effective expression and logical progression of ideasStrong introduction and conclusionCorrect spelling and punctuation
Test Item Types - ELA ELA Item Types– Multiple Choice Students select one correct answer from four answer choices.– Editing Task The student reads a short passage with underlined words or phrases. The student selects the correct wordor phrase that should replace the underlined word or phrase from a set of options. One option will alwaysbe “correct as is”.– Selectable Text Excerpted sentences from the text are presented in this item type. These items may have one or two parts.In a two-part selectable text item, Part A might ask the student to make an analysis or an inference, and PartB might require the student to select the text to support the answer in Part A.– Multiselect The student is directed to select a specific number of correct answers from amount the options provided. In the two-part item, the student is directed to select the correct answers from Part A and Part B. TypicallyPart A is multiple choice, whereas Part B may be either multiple choice or multiselect. Part A often asks thestudent to make an analysis or an inference, and Part B requires the student to use the text to support theanswer in Part A– Evidence-Based Selected Response– Table Match This item type presents options in columns and rows. Options may be words, phrases, sentences,quotations, line/paragraph/passage numbers, or images.– Multimedia Enhanced content my include multimedia elements such as images, charts, graphics timelines, etc.
Test Item Types - ELA Multiple Choice– Students select one correct answer from four answerchoices.
Test Item Types - ELA Multiple Choice
Test Item Types - ELA Editing Task– Students read a short passagewith underlined words/phrases.– Students select the correctword/phrase that should replacethe underlined word/phrase froma set of options.
Test ItemTypes - ELA Selectable Text– Two-part item:Part A asks to make ananalysis or inference &Part B requires thestudent to use the text tosupport the answer inPart A.
Test Item Types - ELA Multi-Select– Students are directed to select a specific number of correct answers fromamong the options provided.
Test ItemTypes - ELA Evidence-BasedSelected Response– Two-part item:Part A is multiple choiceand Part B may be eithermultiple choice ormultiselect
Test Item Types - ELA Table Match– Presents options incolumns and rows.Options may includewords, phrases,sentence, quotations,line/paragraph/passagenumbers, or images.– Student is directed toselect a box thatmatches a correctoption from a columnwith a correct optionfrom a row.
Test ItemTypes - ELA Multimedia– Enhanced contentmay includemultimedia elementssuch as images,charts, graphics,timelines, etc.
Test Design - MathMATH CONTENT CATEGORIESGrades 3-5 (CBT)MATHApproximate percentage of raw score points for each category.Grade345Reporting CategoryPercent ofTestOperations, Algebraic Thinking, andNumbers in Base Ten48Numbers and Operations - Fractions17Measurement, Data, and Geometry35Operations and Algebraic Thinking21Numbers and Operations in Base Ten21Numbers and Operations – Fractions25Measurement, Data, and Geometry33Operations, Algebraic Thinking, andFractions39Numbers and Operations in Base Ten28Measurement, Data, and Geometry33Numberof Items60-6460-6460-64PERCENTAGE OF POINTS BYDEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK)* LEVELGrades 3-5DOK Level 1 (Low)10-20%DOK Level 2 (Mod)60-80%DOK Level 3 (High)10-20%*DOK refers to the complexity level of thecognitive process demanded by a test itemrather than the difficulty of the item.Level 1: Recall and Reproduction, Level 2: Skillsand Concepts, and Level 3: Strategic Thinkingv Grades 3-5 Math Test Item fsas.stmlApproximately 6-10 items within the Reading and Language components listed aboveare field test items are included in the ranges above but are not included in the students’ score.
Test Item Types - Math Math Item Types– Multiple Choice Student select one correct answer from four answer choices– Equation Editor/Gridded Response Students enter a value into a grid. G3 grids have number and fraction bar bubbles and G4-5grids have number, fraction bar, and decimal point bubbles.– Editing Task Choice The student fills in a bubble to indicate the correct number, word, or phrase that shouldcomplete a phrase.– Selectable Hot Text Excerpted sentences from the text are present in the item type. The student fills in thebubbles to indicate which sentences are correct.– Multiselect The student is directed to select all of the correct answers from among the options provided.– Matching This item type presents options in columns and rows. The student is directed to select a boxthat matches a correct option from a column with a correct option from a row. Typically,there is only one correct option per row or column, though the number of correct answersmay vary.
Test Item Types - Math Multiple Choice– Students select one correct answer from four answer choices.
Test Item Types - Math Equation Editor/Gridded ResponseGrade 3 MathGrade 4 & 5 Math
Test Item Types - Math Equation Editor/Gridded Response (continued)
Test Item Types - Math Equation Editor/Gridded Response (continued)
Test Item Types - Math Editing Task Choice– Student fills in a bubble to indicate the correct number, word, or phrasethat should complete a phrase or sentence.
Test Item Types - Math Selectable Hot Text– Excerptedsentences from thetext are presentedin this item type.The student fills inbubbles to indicatewhich sentencesare correct.
Test Item Types - Math Multi Select– Student is directed to select all of the correct answers fromthe options provided.
Test Item Types - MATH Table Match– Presents options in columns and rows.– Student is directed to select a box that matches a correct option froma column with a correct option from a row.– Typically, there is only one correct option per row or column, thoughthe number of correct answers may vary.
Reference Sheets Grades 4 & 5 Math willreceive reference sheets– Grade 4 someformulas are providedon the reference sheet– Grade 5 someformulas may beincluded with the testitem Grade 3 Math doesnot receive areference sheet
Test Design - Science Grade 5 students will take the Science assessmentbased on the Florida Next Generation Sunshine StateStandards.SCIENCE CONTENT CATEGORIESGrade 5Approximate percentage of raw score points for each category.Grade5Reporting CategoryPercentof TestNature of Science17Earth and Space Science29Physical Science29Life Science25Numberof Items60-66ELA SCIENCEPERCENTAGE OF POINTS BYDEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK)* LEVELGrades 5DOK Level 1 (Low)10-20%DOK Level 2 (Mod)60-80%DOK Level 3 (High)10-20%*DOK refers to the complexity level of thecognitive process demanded by a test item ratherthan the difficulty of the item.Level 1: Recall and Reproduction, Level 2: Skillsand Concepts, and Level 3: Strategic Thinking
Test Design - Science All items on the Grade 5 Science test are multiple choice.
Test Design - Science Students will oftenneed to read text,pictures, charts, andor graphs prior toanswering questions.
Electronic Devices No electronic devices permitted during testing– Students CANNOT have any electronic device (e.g., cellphones/smartphones, smartwatches, cameras, etc.) onthem OR within arm’s reach even if they do not use them– Cause for immediate invalidation of test.
Helping Your Child Test Preparation– Help your child to realize that it is important to do theirbest every day, as well as on the FSA.– Review class and homework with your child.– Ensure that your child participates in the practice tests sothat he/she becomes familiar with the items.– Help your child get a good night’s sleep and eat anutritious breakfast.– Work with your child to help them learn how to loweranxiety/stress about the test.
FSA Scores Students will receive a Scaled Score (SS),Achievement Level, Percentile Rank, and Raw Scores. Grade 3 ELA scores will be released by May 31. Grades 4-5 ELA and Grades 3-5 Math scores will bereleased by June 30.– Schools will determine how score reports will go home toparents.
Grade 3 ELA / Good Cause Grade 3 ELA Scores– Per F.S. 1008.22(5)(b), to be promoted to grade 4, a student mustscore a Level 2 or higher on the Grade 3 ELA.– Students who score a Level 1 on ELA may qualify for a good causeexemption for promotion to Grade 4 per Florida State Board Rule6A-1.094221(1)(A), F.A.C. ‘Good Cause’ Exemptions– I-Ready: 50% or higher (score of 535 on Diagnostic 4/May 10-21) Summer Testing (June 21-24) – score of 535 Start of School Year 2021-22-Aug/Sept (Diagnostic 1) – score of 535 – SAT10: 45% or higher (only given during Summer Learning Camp)– Student Portfolio (specific criteria must be met) – starts in Feb.– ALL decisions are made on an individual/student basis
FSA ScoreReport (Page 1)Descriptions of Report121 – Top of Report: test name, student name, FLIED,school, and district.2 – Purpose of This Report: a description of the FSAprogram and score report (customized bygrade/subject.3 – Performance Levels and Scale Scoreperformance levels are indicated by bothnumber and color for easy interpretation.An icon displays the student’s performance level.Next to the icon, a statement provides furtherinformation regarding the performance level andcharts the scale on a graph.4 – Additional Information: For grades 3 and 4 ELA,if the student receives a level 1 or level 2, inaddition to the performance level indicator onthe report, this section will also includeinformation about Reading ScholarshipAccounts.34
FSA ScoreReport (Page 2)5Descriptions of Report5 – Previous Performance Chart:For students who participated G4-10 ELAand or Gr4-8 Math, this chart will displaystudent performance levels over time.The arrows indicate generally where thestudent’s score fell within theperformance level.6 – Performance Compared:A table lists the percentage of studentsin each performance level in thestudent’s school, district, and state.6
FSA ScoreReport (Page 3)7Descriptions of Report7 – Performance Details:A table lists the FSA ELA or Mathematicsreporting categories assessed.The points earned column shows theactual number of points earned by thestudent. The points possible columnprovides the total number of pointspossible for each of the reportingcategories.Best Partof Report
FSA ScoreReport (Page 4)8Descriptions of Report8 – Writing Performance:For Grades 4 and 5 ELA reports, this chartindicates the number of points earned bythe student and the number of pointspossible for each domain of the ELAWriting assessment.9 – Recommended Resources:This section provides information andresources for students andparents/guardians.9
FSAAchievementLevels For all grade levels andsubjects, the minimumscale score inperformance level 3 isidentified as the passingscore. Earning passing scores onthe Grade 10 ELA andAlgebra 1 EOCassessments is requiredfor graduation with astandard high schooldiploma.
How are FSA Results Used? FSA results provide teachers and schools withadditional information about each student’sproficiencies. Results are used IN ADDITION TO teacherobservations and coursework throughout the year inmaking determinations of student strengths andareas of opportunity.
Florida’s Revised A Program The Florida Department of Education uses FSA and Science results toevaluate each public school and each school district. Schools are required to test 95% of eligible students in order to earna school grade. School grades are determined through performance on the FSAEnglish Language Arts (Reading and Writing combined), Mathematics,and State Science tests.– The school grade is based upon the percentage of total points earned.Each component is worth up to 100 percentage points.– This year, 2020-21, there will be a different calculation because of notesting in 2019-20 school year.
Florida’s Revised A ProgramElementary School Grades ModelEnglish/Language ArtsMathematicsScienceAchievement(0% to 100%)Achievement(0% to 100%)Achievement(0% to 100%)Learning Gains(0% to 100%)Learning Gains(0% to 100%)Learning Gains of the Low Learning Gains of the Low25%25%(0% to 100%)(0% to 100%)
FSA Portal FSA Portal: www.FSAssessments.org– The FSA Portal was developed as a communication tool bythe Florida Department of Education and contains allpublished information regarding FSA assessments, andreleased Practice Tests– Access to the portal and information is public.
Helpful Resources FSA Portalwww.FSAssessments.org Florida State Standards (Cpalms)https://www.floridastudents.org/ Florida Department of Education Web Sitehttp://www.fldoe.org School Accountability Reportshttp://schoolgrades.fldoe.org SCPS Assessment & Accountability Web s/assessmentaccountability/
Questions and Answers
Contact InformationSchool Test CoordinatorOmayra Torres, 407.320.4919, omayra firstname.lastname@example.orgAssessment & Accountability TeamDirector: Kelly Thompson 407-320-0268 (KellyThompson@scps.k12.fl.us)ES Lead: Daphne Csonka 407-320-0270 (Daphne Csonka@scps.k12.fl.us)MS Lead: Joyce Moore 407-320-0021 (Joyce Moore@scps.k12.fl.us)HS Lead: Sara Borosky 407-320-0269 (Sara Borosky@scps.k12.fl.us)
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