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This assessment is designed to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) toward proficiency in English.  Results will be used for programmatic decisions and evaluation. 

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject areas tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing test that are designed to assess academic readiness for college.  The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes 3 1/2 - 4 hours to complete (depending on Writing test).  Each subtest (excluding writing) results in a test score of 1-36, which are then averaged together to generate an overall composite score of 1-36.  An ACT Reading score of 19+ fulfills the reading graduation requirement for FL students.  
These standardized exams are designed to measure mastery of the content and skills of the specific Advanced Placement course.  A proficient score can lead to credit and advanced placement in college.
The Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener is required within the first 30 days of instruction.  It measures Kindergarten readiness and collects information about a child’s overall development.  Results are used to inform classroom instruction and to calculate ‘Readiness Rate’ for VPK providers. 
Florida’s K-12 assessment system is designed to measure student achievement of Florida’s state education standards, including gains and progress.  The Florida Standards were developed and implemented with the goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment data is used to guide and support instruction and student learning, as well as evaluate program and instructional effectiveness.  Grade 3 and Grade 10 ELA results have important implications for retention and graduation purposes. 

The following Florida Standards Assessments will be in 2017-18:  Grades 3–10 English Language Arts (Writing component in grades 4–10), Grades 3–8 Mathematics.
The FSA EOCs are designed to measure educational gains and progress toward mastery of the Florida Standards for the following courses: Algebra 1 and Geometry.  Additionally, these assessments are used as evaluative tools to determine program and instructional effectiveness.  The EOC scores count toward 30% of the student's overall course grade.  Furthermore, passing the Algebra 1 EOC is a graduation requirement.
The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment is designed to measure academic performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom participation in the general statewide assessment is not appropriate, even with accommodations. 
These assessments are for those students currently participating in the district's International Baccalaureate Program.  The Diploma Programme primarily focuses on summative assessment designed to record student achievement at or towards the end of the course of study.  The approach to assessment used by IB is criterion-related, not norm-referenced. This approach to assessment judges students’ work by their performance in relation to identified levels of attainment, and not in relation to the work of other students.
The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards assessments for Biology 1, US History (high school), and Civics (middle school) are criterion-referenced assessments that measure student achievement on the NGSSS for the specific course.   Additionally, these assessments are used as evaluative tools to determine program and instructional effectiveness.  The EOC scores count toward 30% of the student's overall course grade. 
The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is an untimed, computer-based, adaptive test, specifically developed for Florida to determine if students are college-ready in reading, writing, and mathematics.  Adaptive tests change the difficulty of questions the student receives based on his/her answers to previous questions.  It consists of 30 multiple-choice questions/subtest.  If a student has been unsuccessful on the Algebra 1 EOC, a P.E.R.T. Math score of 97+ satisfies the Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirement.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test measures reading, writing, language, and mathematics skills, as well as progress toward college and career readiness.  It also serves as the official route for entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and consists of 139 questions/tasks. 
The SAT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject areas tests in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (Reading Test and Writing & Language test), Mathematics, and Essay (optional) that are designed to assess academic readiness for college.  The total test time is approximately 3 hours + 50-minute optional essay.  Scores range from 200-800 per subtest for a possible total score of 1600. Essay results are reported separately. A SAT Critical Reading score of 430 (prior to March 2016 administration), SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 430 (March 2016 and subsequent administrations), or a SAT Reading Subtest score of 24 (March 2016 and subsequent administrations) fulfills the reading graduation requirement for FL students.  
This assessment is used to assess student achievement in terms of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for 5th and 8th grade students.