Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the Florida State
Assessments in the coming weeks.
 
As part of the preparation for these assessments, your child will be given an opportunity
to participate in a practice test at school to become familiar with the paper-based and/or
computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats he or she will see
on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would also like to review the practice
tests at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at:
 
English Language Arts (Grades 6-8)
Math (Grades 6-8) or Algebra 1 or Geometry: http://www.fsassessments.org/studentsand-
 
Civics (students enrolled in Civics class only): www.fl.pearsonaccessnext.com (select
ePAT from the Related Links section in the lower right corner. Under Practice
Assessment Tools, find the link to the Civics ePAT.)
 
We recommend that you sit with your child to review a practice test, not only to become
familiar with the structure of the questions, but also with the test navigation.
 
Information about the 8th grade Science assessment can be found at
 
The state assessments provide a single snapshot of your child's knowledge of the
content tested. Teachers use this data as well as many other indicators of your child's
learning to inform their instruction of your child.
 
The Department of Education has asked that we share their testing policies with you.
These policies are on the back of this document. Classroom teachers will also review
these policies with your student.
 
If you have any questions about testing administration or testing dates, please do not
hesitate to contact a member of our leadership team.
 
For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2018 FSA assessments, please visit
the FSA Portal at www.fsassessments.org.click on the Students and Families icon, select the
Frequently Asked Questions card, then select the question, "How long are the tests?"
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 they are turned off or
students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her
test will be invalidated.
• Calculators-For Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics, approved calculators may be used
during SESSIONS 2 and 3 ONLY. For Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments,
approved calculators may be used during SESSION 2 ONLY. If students have
handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. Four-function
calculators will be provided to stUdents for Grade 8 Science at the time of testing. No
other calculators may be used.
• 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 testing documents.
• 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 passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic
communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, like Facebook,
Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram." Please make sure your student understands that
"discussing" test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting,
emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites, etc. 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, the Florida Department
of Education (FDOE) employs a test security company, Cave on 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 have their
results invalidated.
• Leaving Campus-If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before
completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed
to complete 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 IEP, Section 504 plan, or English
Language Learner (ELL) plan, please contact the school to discuss the testing
accommodations that will be provided for your student.