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FSA Testing Schedule and Information!

The Spring 2021 paper-based Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) schedule for Eagle Ridge Elementary:

 

Grade 3 on the following dates:

April 20 & 21 - Grade 3 FSA English Language Arts Assessments

May 3 & 4 - Grade 3 FSA Math Assessment

 

Grade 4 on the following dates:

April 13 - Grade 4 FSA Writing Assessment

May 12 & 13 - Grade 4 FSA English Language Arts Assessment

May 14 & 17 - Grade 4 FSA Math Assessment

 

Grade 5 on the following dates:

  • April 14 - FSA Writing Assessment
  • May 5 and 6 - FSA English Language Arts Assessment
  • May 10 and 11 - FSA Math Assessment
  • May 18 and 19 - FSA Science Assessment

 

 

Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) requires all students present during the testing window to participate in the assessment. Therefore, all students present on any testing or make-up testing days will be required to sit for the assessment. Furthermore, unlike some states, Florida has no "opt-out" policy for state assessments used as the required measures of student achievement for the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Testing will begin promptly at 8:15 am on FSA testing dates

Students will need to be dropped off in the car loop between 7:30 – 8:00 am and report to the cafeteria to check in with the testing coordinator. Virtual learners who are present for testing will be tested with a staff member in different classroom than their regular teacher. Face -to-face students will be tested with their classroom teacher and need to report to their classroom on the testing dates.

 

Testing locations are physically distanced and sanitized between each testing session. Students will need to bring 2 pencils, a water bottle, a jacket, and 2 masks.

 

Virtual Students Only- If you want to pick up your child after testing is over, please come to the bus loop between 10:35 -10:45 am to take your child home.

 

Any students remaining at school after 10:45 am, will stay in their testing location and engage in instruction. They will follow their class schedule for lunch and specials. If your child stays for the day, please send them with a lunch or they may receive a lunch from the café. Students who are in person for testing, will be testing in a room that is physically distanced and sanitized. We will be utilizing school staff to administer and proctor the assessment, as well as limiting visitors into the testing areas.

 

There will be no virtual option for instruction on FSA testing days.

 

Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of all Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students and staff are among the Eagle Ridge Elementary highest priorities. BCPS has deployed personal protective equipment, signage and electrostatic sprayers to all schools to assist with ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for students and teachers. All students, employees and visitors are expected to complete a daily at home health assessment before leaving for school or work each day. In addition, all students, employees, visitors and vendors are required to wear face coverings, unless medically exempt. Additional information about the District’s health and safety protocols can be found online at https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.

 

The goal of statewide assessments is to provide academic achievement and learning gains data to students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and district staff to measure progress and achievement for learners. While no single assessment is the sole determiner of promotion, statewide assessment results are considered for a variety of school-based decisions such as promotion, course placement, and acceptance into magnet programs. Students who do not participate in mandatory statewide assessments risk the possibility of being placed in remediation the following school year, and other consequences (such as retention) based on the district's Student Progression Plan. For further information on promotion criteria, please see School Board Policy 6000.1 Student Progression Plan at

https://www.browardschools.com/progressionplan. Final recommendations for promotion or retention will be made on a wholistic review of the student’s academic performance during this school year and their readiness for the following grade level.

 

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

 

Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device during testing, his or her test will be invalidated. [Insert local procedures for securing cell phones during testing.]

Calculators—Calculators are not permitted during Grades 3–6 Mathematics tests.

Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book 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 in their test and answer book.

Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites.” Please make sure your student understands this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. 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 Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work 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. In addition, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

  • Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to that 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.

Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL) or a recently exited ELL, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.