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.

Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)

  • Kindergarten — Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS)
  • Grades 3-10 — English Language Arts (ELA) – Reading/listening component
  • Grades 4-10 — English Language Arts (ELA) – Writing component
  • Grades 3-8 — Mathematics
  • Algebra 1 End-of-Course (EOC)
  • Geometry End-of-Course (EOC)

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) Assessments

  • Grades 5 and 8 Statewide Science Assessment
  • Biology 1 End-of-Course (EOC)
  • Civics End-of-Course (EOC)
  • U.S. History End-of-Course (EOC)

Frequently Asked Questions about State Assessments

Private School Students

Spring 2021 FSA (Algebra 1, Geometry) & NGSSS (Biology, Civics, U.S. History) End of Course (EOC) Exams

Testing window: May 3 – 28, 2021
Online Registration Form (Deadline: March 1, 2021)

Private School EOC Information Letter

Private School Students and Parents/Guardians,

As many of you are aware, Dr. Tony Bennett, former Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida, released a memorandum on April 15, 2013 regarding private school student participation in Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for students who plan to enter public schools at some point in their educational careers.  The Polk County School Board will provide this service during the state’s Spring EOC administration window of May 3 – 28, 2021. 

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to complete an online registration process, via a secure Google Form, by March 1, 2021.  This form can be accessed by visiting the District’s Parents’ Testing page, https://polkschoolsfl.com/assessment/, or via the following direct link, https://forms.gle/NNNA2mYTsFbPt5FP9.  Completion of the registration form will serve as intent for testing and provide us with the necessary information to enter the student into the state testing system.  Additional information and registration confirmation will be communicated to you via email/phone on or before April 12, 2021.  No late registration is available for these assessments.

 

If the student requires an accommodation for testing, the student’s official current Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) status must be included with an Accommodations’ Request Form to be completed by the student’s current school (with the school principal or director’s signature). If you need this request form, please email the Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation office (nicole.ounan@polk-fl.net) by March 1, 2021.

Private school students participating in EOC exams will be required to bring photo-identification to verify their identities on the day of testing.  Please make arrangements prior to testing to pick up your student from the test site.  The math EOC exams involve two testing sessions over two days.  These sessions are 90 minutes each, but the student may have up to 3 ½ hours each day.  For the science and history EOC exams, students are required to sit for at least 80 minutes of each assessment and will not be permitted to leave (even if completed and submitted) prior to this time limit.  For most students, each EOC takes approximately 3 hours to complete; however, students may have continue testing until the end of the school day in order to complete the assessment.

Students are required to practice using an online test prior to the actual assessment.  To access the practice tests, please visit http://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.  Students will log in as guests to a guest session.  If the student has not practiced prior to taking the EOC test, he/she will be excused from the test site.  No official documentation is required to demonstrate proof of requirement completion.

For more information about individual EOC exams, please visit the Florida Department of Education’s End-of-Course Assessments website at http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/end-of-course-eoc-assessments/.

Spring 2021 Test Registration – Private School Students

In order for a private school student to participate in the Spring 2021 Session of the Florida End-of-Course Assessments

(FSA Algebra 1, FSA Geometry, NGSSS Biology 1, NGSSS Civics, and/or NGSSS U.S. History), the online registration form, https://forms.gle/NNNA2mYTsFbPt5FP9, must be completed by March 1, 2021. 

No registrations will be accepted after March 1, 2021.

FSA Algebra 1 Geometry + Biology 1 Civics US History
In Algebra 1 or Equivalent In Geometry or Equivalent In Biology 1 or Equivalent In Civics or Equivalent (Middle School Only) In US History or Equivalent (High School Only)

 

Information Needed To Complete Online Registration Form

1.) Student First Name
2.) Student Last Name
3.) Student Middle Initial
4.) Social Security Number (needed to create a student ID)
5.) Place of Birth (needed to create a student ID)
6.) Polk Student ID
(If student was a prior Polk student or will be for the 21-22 school year)
7.) Student Date of Birth
8.) Grade Level for 2020-2021
9.) Home Zone School
10.) Gender
11.) Race
12.) Hispanic Ethnicity (Y/N)
13.) IEP/504 (Y/N)
14.) ELL Status
15.) School Attends 2020-2021
16.) Student’s Home Address
17.) Contact Phone Number
18.) Contact Email Address
19.) Parent First Name
20.) Parent Last Name

Should you have any further questions, please contact:
Heather Himes
Senior Coordinator of Assessment
Polk County Public Schools
heather.himes@polk-fl.net

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
http://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/