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Upcoming FSA and EOC Testing Information

March 31, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This letter is to let you know that your student may be taking the paper-based or computer based Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and/or End of Course exams (EOCs) during the timeframes listed below.

Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. ALL Digital Academy students MUST come to Newberry High School for in-person assessments. Guidance counselors and school test coordinators from NHS will be contacting Digital Academy students shortly with testing dates and times. Additionally, Digital Academy students will need to have their own transportation to school on testing days and will need to be immediately picked up or leave the NHS campus when their testing is completed. We are still following COVID cleaning and social distancing policies, and students should not come if they are showing signs of illness.  Masks must be worn at all times that students are on campus.

For information regarding session lengths for Spring 2021 assessments see:

2020–2021 Florida Statewide Grade-Level Assessments Fact Sheet:

http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/5663/urlt/Grade-LevelFS2021.pdf

2020-2021 Florida Statewide End-of-Course Assessments Fact Sheet:

http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/5663/urlt/EOCFS2021.pdf

Test Windows:

     April 5th through April 30th:          9th/10th Grade FSA ELA Writing

     May 3rd through June 11th:            9th/10th Grade FSA ELA Reading

                                                               Algebra I EOC

                                                             Biology EOC

                                                               Geometry EOC

                                                             US History EOC

To help your student become comfortable with the item types and response formats, the following resources are available:

 Paper-Based Practice Tests and Answer Keys:

https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-materials/paper-based-practice-test-materials.stml

Computer Based Practice Tests and Answer Keys:

https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/computer-based-materials/index.stml

 Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

Electronic Devices: Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices including, but not limited to cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g. restroom) even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.

Calculator Policy: For the Algebra I EOC and Geometry EOC, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only and will be provided at the appropriate time. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. For the Biology EOC, a handheld four-function calculator will be provided.

Testing Rules Acknowledgment: All tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement in their test and answer book.

Discussing Test Content after Testing: The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites.” Please make sure your student understands this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.

Working Independently: Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

Leaving Campus: If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g. for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

Testing Accommodations: If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL) or a recently exited ELL, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.  

If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact the NHS Guidance Office at (352) 472-1101. Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during Spring 2021 assessments.

Sincerely,

 

James Sheppard, Principal