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Deciphering Your Student's Test Scores

Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) is a student performance assessment that provides important information to parents/guardians, teachers, policy makers, and the general public regarding how well students are learning.

Grade Levels/Subjects Generally Tested

  • Grades 3–10 ELA

  • ELA Reading in grades 3–10; ELA Writing in grades 4–10

  • Grades 3–8 Mathematics

  • Grades 5 and 8 Science

  • Algebra 1

  • Biology 1

  • Civics

  • Geometry

  • U.S. History

  • Retakes: Grade 10 ELA and Algebra 1

It is important to note that most students, including English language learner (ELL) and exceptional student education (ESE) students, enrolled in the tested grade levels or courses participate in Florida Statewide Assessment administrations. Allowable accommodations are provided to ELL and ESE students who have accommodations documented on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 Plans.

Passing Scores and Alternate Passing Scores

For all grade levels and subjects, the minimum scale score in performance level 3 is identified as the passing score. Earning passing scores on the Grade 10 ELA and Algebra 1 EOC assessments is required for graduation with a standard high school diploma. A passing score on the Geometry and U.S. History EOC assessments is required for students to qualify for a Standard Diploma with a Scholar Designation.

Students who took the Grade 10 ELA or Algebra 1 EOC assessment in the Spring 2015 FSA baseline administration are eligible to use an alternate passing score for these assessments. The alternate passing scores are linked to the passing scores on the previous statewide assessments (the FCAT 2.0 Grade 10 Reading assessment and the NGSSS Algebra 1 assessment). In addition, students may earn a comparative or concordant score to meet an assessment graduation requirement. Passing scores, alternate passing scores, concordant, and comparative score options and policies are explained in Graduation Requirements for Florida’s Statewide Assessments.

 

For more information, contact your student’s guidance counselor.