Testing

Polk County Public Schools administers assessments to students in grades pre-kindergarten to 12th grade to measure their achievement on Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help district leaders and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the curriculum and instruction are being met.

The following statewide assessments will be administered this year.

Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Assessments

1. Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) Assessments

    • Grades VPK – 2 FAST STAR Assessments: Early Literacy, Reading, and Mathematics
    • Grades 3 – 10 Reading
    • Grades 3 – 8 Math

2. Other B.E.S.T. Assessments

    • Grades 4 – 10 Writing (Field Test in Spring 2023 – FLDOE-selected schools)
    • Algebra 1 EOC (1st administration is in Winter 2022)
    • Geometry EOC (1st administration is in Winter 2022)

Science, Social Studies, and FSA Retakes

  • Grades 5 & 8 Statewide Science Assessment
  • Biology EOC
  • Civics EOC (middle school)
  • U.S. History EOC (high school)
  • FCLE (Florida Civic Literacy Exam)
  • FSA ELA Retake
  • FSA Algebra Retake

Other Assessments

  • ACCESS for ELLs
  • Statewide Alternate Assessments
  • National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

For more information, visit CollegeBoard.org

SAT Test Date* Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes, Regular Cancellation, and Late Registration
8/27/2022 7/29/2022 8/16/2022
10/1/2022 9/2/2022 9/20/2022
11/5/2022 10/7/2022 10/25/2022
12/3/2022 11/3/2022 11/22/2022
3/11/2023 2/10/2023 2/28/2023
5/6/2023 4/7/2023 4/25/2023
6/3/2023 5/4/2023 5/23/2023

ACT (American College Test)

For more information, visit ACTStudent.org

SAT Test Date* Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes, Regular Cancellation, and Late Registration
9/10/22 8/5/2022 8/19/2022
10/22/2022 9/16/2022 9/30/2022
12/10/2022 11/4/2022 11/11/2022
2/11/2023 1/6/2023 1/20/2023
4/15/2023 3/10/2023 3/24/2023
6/10/2023 5/5/2023 5/19/2023
7/15/2023 6/16/2023 6/23/2023

Private School Students

Spring 2023 End-of-Course Assessments (Algebra, Biology, Civics, Geometry, and U.S. History)

Testing window: May 1 – 26, 2023
Registration information will be provided in late January or early February.

How To Help Your Child Succeed on Tests

Ensure your child has good attendance at school.

Assist your child with homework and ensure he/she is completing all assignments.

Stay in communication with your child’s teacher. Discuss any concerns about the test with the teacher or administration at the school.

Be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test.

Encourage your child to read as much as possible.

Keep track of your child’s testing dates on a calendar so you and your child are aware of the dates ahead of time.

Encourage your child to do his/her best, but do not put stress on him/her.

Make sure that your child gets plenty of sleep on the night before the test.

Ensure your child wakes up early to make sure that he/she arrives at school on time.

Give your child the chance to practice using the practice test platform. All practice tests: FSA and Pearson are found at https://fsassessments.org/families