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FSA Parent Letter 2017
Posted On:
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Dear Parents:

 

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) ELA Reading/Mathematics/EOC assessment(s).  For specific testing dates, please refer to the list on the back of this letter.  All tests are computer-based unless otherwise noted.  If you or your child would like to gain familiarity with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats your child will see on the FSA assessments, training tests and answer keys are available at http://www.FSAssessments.org/training-tests. If you or your child would like to gain familiarity with the paper based item types and response formats your child will see on the FSA assessments, sample test questions and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/resources/?section=4-studentsa-paper-based

 

For information regarding test session length for all Spring 2017 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, then select Spring 2017 Testing Times.

 

Please review the following policies with your child before testing:

·         Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing OR during breaks, even if they are turned off or students do not use them. If your child is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.

§  Calculators—For Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics, approved calculators may be used during SESSIONS 2 and 3 only. For EOC assessments, approved calculators may be used during SESSION 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. Calculators are not permitted during Grades 3–6 Mathematics tests.

§  Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment 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 on their planning sheets, worksheets, and/or work folders.

§  Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not reveal details about the passages or items to anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your child understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. 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 IndependentlyStudents are responsible for working on their own 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. FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

§  Leaving Campus—If your child leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the 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.

For more information about the FSA assessment program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Thank you for supporting your child and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ken Granger

Principal

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