Keywords for this page: Testing, FCAT, FSA, or EOC
Please review the 2016-17 Home Education Packet for specific testing requirements.
All testing dates are subject to change. Please contact your school for specific testing dates.
Parents and families can promote student success by staying involved in their student’s education, offering positive support and feedback, and encouraging their child to relax and do his or her very best. By staying connected with their student’s school and teachers and taking advantage of online resources, such as school websites and portals, parents and families can stay informed and be equipped to meet the needs of their student at home. To help students, parents/guardians, and educators understand what the test items will look like, the Florida Department of Education provides many resources, including practice tests.
The FSA Math and ELA tests do not count toward a student’s grade in a subject. However, Algebra 1, Biology, Civics (middle school), Geometry, and U.S. History (high school), each have a state requirement that the EOC exam counts for 30% of the student’s final course grade.
Third-grade students must participate in the statewide standardized assessment program required by section 1008.22, F.S. and demonstrate proficiency in reading in order to be promoted to fourth grade.
Students who do not have an FSA score must demonstrate proficiency on every standard through the district's third grade reading portfolio. If proficiency is not demonstrated on every standard, students will be required to attend summer school to continue working on the portfolio. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency through the portfolio or through the Star Reading Assessment, Istation's ISIP Reading Assessment, or the SAT-10 Reading Assessment will be retained, unless they qualify for one of the following Good Cause Exemptions outlined in statute 1008.25:
Good cause exemptions are limited to the following:
1. Limited English proficient students who have had less than 2 years of instruction in an English for Speakers of Other Languages program based on the initial date of entry into a school in the United States.
2. Students with disabilities whose individual education plan indicates that participation in the statewide assessment program is not appropriate, consistent with the requirements of s.1008.212.
3. Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading or English Language Arts assessment approved by the State Board of Education.
* For Polk County this is the SAT-10 Reading Assessment.
4. A student who demonstrates through a student portfolio that he or she is performing at least at Level 2 on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment.
5. Students with disabilities who take the statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment and who have an individual education plan or a Section 504 plan that reflects that the student has received intensive instruction in reading or English Language Arts for more than 2 years but still demonstrates a deficiency and was previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3.
6. Students who have received intensive reading intervention for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 for a total of 2 years. A student may not be retained more than once in grade 3.7. Students who have received intensive remediation in reading or English Language Arts for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency and who were previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 for a total of 2 years. Intensive instruction for students so promoted must include an altered instructional day that includes specialized diagnostic information and specific reading strategies for each student.
For 2017-18: Students not achieving a Level 2 or higher on the statewide assessment may qualify for a good cause exemption. Polk County Public Schools uses the STAR Reading Assessment, the Istation ISIP Reading Assessment, and the Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (SAT-10) as the alternate assessments. Rule 6A-1.094221 (1)(A), F.A.C., authorizes the use of the following nationally norm-referenced test in the determination of a good cause exemption for promotion to fourth grade:
Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (SAT-10) – scoring above the 45th percentile
STAR Reading Assessment – scoring at or above the 50th percentile
Istation ISIP Reading Assessment – scoring at or above the 50th percentile
Polk County Public Schools fully supports the option of third grade portfolios as outlined in Section 1008.25(6)(b)4 F.S., which states that a student who demonstrates through a student portfolio that the student is performing at least at Level 2 on the statewide standardized assessment is eligible for a good cause exemption.
It is a graduation requirement for students to earn a passing score on the Algebra I EOC exam, as well as the 10th grade FSA ELA. A student who does not have a passing score on the 10th grade FSA ELA test and/or the Algebra I EOC will be eligible to retake the appropriate exam(s) during the next administration window or may utilize the following:
Concordant/comparative scores on the SAT, ACT or PERT will earn the student a regular diploma, not a certificate of completion.
The following statewide assessments will be administered in the 2017-2018 school year:
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.