ACCESS for ELL’s (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners 2.0)
The ACCESS for ELL’s is a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a large-scale test of English language proficiency based on the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards that form the core of WIDA’s approach to instructing and assessing ELLs in Grades K–12.
The CogAT measures three different cognitive abilities. • The verbal section measures a child’s ability to remember and transform sequences of English words, to understand them and to make inferences and judgments about them. • The quantitative section measures a child’s understanding of basic quantitative concepts and relationships. • The non-verbal section measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes. This section reduces the impact of language on the student’s score. • The composite score is a total score for all three batteries.
EOC (End Of Course Assessments)
EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Florida Standards (FS) for specific courses (Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, Civics, Algebra 2). These exams are a required part of the course and count as 30% of the student’s course grade. Passing the Algebra 1 EOC is a graduation requirement.
FLKRS-WSS (Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener-Work Sampling System)
The results of this screening provide valuable information about a child’s readiness for school, helps teachers develop lesson plans to meet each child’s individual needs and offer useful information to parents. The FLKRS-WSS is an observational tool that is completed by the teacher. The teacher observes the student during daily classroom activities, which include whole group, small group and individual activities. The student’s ability to listen to stories, follow classroom rules, interact with others and put away materials in the appropriate place are some examples of the skills which will be observed. The FLKRS-WSS used in the screening is based upon the performance standards approved for use in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).
FSA (Florida Standards Assessments)
With the Florida Standards in place to help Florida students succeed, the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and end-of-course (EOC) subjects (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry) serve Florida students by measuring education gains and progress.
FSAA (Florida Standards Alternate Assessment)
All Florida students participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment program (Florida Standards Assessments, Statewide Science Assessment, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA measures student academic performance on the Access Points (FS-AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. They reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity.
Statewide Science Assessment
The Statewide Science Assessment measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in science. Students in grades 5 and 8 participate in the statewide science assessment.