• This memorandum highlights graduation, assessment, and accountability information provided in the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Emergency Order 2021-EO-02. 
     
    The links to the District’s testing site, FDOE emergency order, FDOE presentation, and recording are provided below:
     
    District Guidance as a result of Emergency Order 2021-EO-02
     
    1. Testing is not canceled, however several consequences of not taking the state test are waived through this emergency order.
     
    1. Graduation Test Requirement for Seniors: State assessment requirements for graduation can be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who are expected to graduate in 2020-21 only if that student’s high school record establishes a comparable level of achievement.
      1. Students who have met the necessary GPA and course credit graduation requirements are considered as having a comparable level of achievement in order to waive the state’s assessment requirement.
     
    1. End-of-Course 30% criteria is waived.  EOC exam scores are expected to be released by July 31st.  The calculation for the 30% final grade will come from the calculation outlined below:
     
    1. Middle School EOC End of Year Grade Calculation for the 30% (Civics EOC)
      1. The student's final grade will be calculated by averaging the 4 quarter grades.
    2. High School EOC End of Year Grade Calculation for the 30% (Algebra, Geometry, Biology, US History)
      1. If the student earns a minimum grade of a C in the 4th quarter, then the EOC exam grade, which is 30% of the final grade, will be calculated by using the highest letter grade of the four quarters.  
      2. If the student does not earn a minimum grade of a C in the 4th quarter, then the EOC exam grade, which is 30% of the final grade, will be calculated by using the higher of the 3rd or 4th quarter letter grade.
     
    Notes for middle and high school EOCs: 
    • The intent of the system (high school EOC) outlined above is to benefit students that remain engaged throughout the 4th quarter. 
    • Once the student's EOC exam scores come back, if the grade calculated with the EOC exam would be higher than the calculated grade given (see above), then the student’s final grade will be adjusted to that higher grade. We will give the student the "best benefit", this applies for both middle school and high school EOC grade calculations.
    • Students not able to take a high school EOC this school year will not be required to take those the EOCs in future years.  However, students who do not take the Algebra 1 EOC this year or students who did not take the Algebra EOC last year, will have to earn a passing score on a future Algebra or Geometry EOC or a concordant score for high school graduation.  In addition, students wishing to earn a Scholar Designation for high school graduation will still need passing scores on the Geometry, Biology and US History EOC or equivalent AP or IB exam.
     
    1. Advanced Placement / Cambridge AICE / International Baccalaureate GPA Calculation
      • The requirement to sit for the exam (AP/AICE/IB) to receive the extra quality point toward GPA calculation has been waived for the 2020/2021 school year.
     
    1. Promotion/Retention decisions:
      1. Policy 6000.1 outlines the promotion criteria for each grade level, including good cause options for elementary grades.  All available options should be exhausted prior to consideration of retention. 
      2. Decisions about whether it is in the best interest of a child to repeat a grade must be solely for academic reasons and determined at the local level by the school's principal, after a careful review of the student's academic record, with input from the parents, the student, teachers and school leaders.
     
    1. Third Grade Promotion/Retention decisions:
      1. Grade 3 students can be promoted, if the district is able to determine that a student is at least performing at a Level 2 on the ELA assessment through the good cause exemption process provided in s. 1008.25, Fla. Stat., or other means reasonably calculated to provide reliable evidence of a student's performance.
      2. In addition to criteria available in Policy 6000.1 for good cause, the following criteria can be used for Third Grade Promotion:
        1. iReady diagnostic 2 or diagnostic 3 score of 500 or greater.
        2. Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) AP1, AP2, or AP3 independent level ‘P’ or higher.
        3. Adaptive Progress Monitoring (APM) scale score of 285 or higher, equivalent to a “below satisfactory” or higher performance level.
        4. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys Assessment: Scores 70% or greater on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Florida Journeys Common Core 2014 Benchmark Test (Unit 5) Reading and Analyzing Text section (multiple choice items 1-35, pages 145-167).