Keywords for this page: FCAT or FCAT 2.0 or Testing
All testing dates are subject to change. Please contact your school for specific testing dates.
This summer, Polk County will administer the Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology and US History EOC Assessment from July 21 - July 24, 2014. You must register for the summer administration by June16, 2014, by contacting your zoned high school and completing the enrollment form and returning to the high school by June 16, 2014. If you are unable to attend the summer administration the End-of-Course Assessments will be offered in September.
The following statewide assessments will be administered in the 2014–2015 school year:
2014 FCAT 2.0 Writing: February 25 - 26
2014 FCAT 2.0 Testing Window: April 14 - May 6
The FCAT 2.0 measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The transition from FCAT to FCAT 2.0 will be phased in, with 2011 FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics being the first assessments to begin this transition. FCAT 2.0 Science will be administered to students for the first time in the spring of 2012.
The Florida EOC Assessments are part of Florida's Next Generation Strategic Plan for the purpose of increasing student achievement and improving college and career readiness. EOCs will be computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific high-school level courses, as outlined in the course description. The first assessment to begin the transition to end-of-course testing in Florida is the Algebra 1 EOC, which will be administered for the first time in May 2011.
The Florida Department of Education website explains that "the State of Florida has, for some years, been committed to perfecting a workable system of accountability for the public schools. The Florida Statewide Assessment Program, begun in 1971, has been an important element in this accountability effort. The program was designed to assess students' academic strengths and weaknesses, particularly in the basic skills." The following tests are a part of the Florida Statewide Assessment Program.
Pupil Promotion in Polk County’s public elementary schools is based upon an evaluation of each student’s achievement. The basis for making the determination should reflect consideration of the following: teacher made tests, classroom assignments, portfolio assessments, daily observations, standardized tests, state assessment, and other objective data.