Glossary of Assessment Terms

The following glossary includes definitions of assessment terms and explanations of acronyms used throughout this page.

Acronym/Term Definition
ACCESS for ELLs Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) for English Language Learners (ELLs)
Accommodation Per Rule 6A-1.0943, F.A.C., “Accommodations are defined as adjustments to the presentation of the statewide standardized assessment questions, methods of recording examinee responses to the questions, scheduling for the administration of a statewide standardized assessment to include amount of time for administration, settings for administration of a statewide standardized assessment, and the use of assistive technology or devices to facilitate the student’s participation in a statewide standardized assessment.”
CBT Computer-Based Test
Diagnostic Assessments that measure students’ understanding of a subject area or skills base, which allow teachers and educators to evaluate student learning, focusing on strengths and areas of need
District Window The selected dates within the statewide window during which a district will administer a given assessment
District-Required Assessments Assessments required by the school district for students in a specific grade or course
ELA English Language Arts
EOC End-of-Course
Evaluative Assessments that measure student proficiency at selected intervals in order to compare change over time and to compare state-level results
FAIR Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading
FLKRS Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener
Formative Formative assessments are the formal and informal ways that teachers and students gather and respond to evidence of student learning. Formative assessments are part of teaching in the classroom. Formative assessments will not result in a score that will appear on a student’s report card, but they serve the greater purpose of informing both students and teachers on what changes need to happen in classroom instruction to better serve the needs of individual students.
FSA Florida Standards Assessments
FSAA Florida Standards Alternate Assessment
Interim Interim assessments are administered on a smaller scale (i.e., school or district) with results that can be used at the classroom level or aggregated at the school- or district-level. Depending on the design, interim assessments can be used to predict a student’s ability to succeed on a summative assessment, to evaluate a program, or to diagnose student learning gaps.
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
NGSSS Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
PBT Paper-Based Test
Progress Monitoring Process used to determine whether a student’s academic performance is improving, at what rate it is improving, and how effective instruction has been
PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Summative Assessments that evaluate student mastery of Florida’s academic standards at or near the conclusion of the course of instruction
Statewide, Standardized Assessments All assessments required by s. 1008.22, F.S.
Statewide Window The range of dates during which districts and/or schools may choose to administer a given assessment
Testing Time The amount of time individual students are each given to respond to test items on each test
VAM A Value-Added Model (VAM) is used by some school districts as part of their educator evaluation system. It is also used in the approval process for teacher preparation programs, as part of the criteria for teachers to qualify for a financial award under the Florida Best and Brightest
Teacher Scholarship program and as part of the criteria to extend an educator’s temporary teaching certificate.
VPK Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

District-required Tests

Test Type Purpose/Required Use Statutory Authority/Required Use Citation
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Diagnostic Measure English language acquisition of ELLs s. 1003.56, F.S.; Rule 6A-6.0902, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-6.09021, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-6.0903, F.A.C.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Diagnostic Measure English language acquisition of ELLs with significant cognitive disabilities s. 1003.56, F.S.; Rule 6A-6.0902, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-6.09021, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-6.0903, F.A.C.
FAIR Diagnostic/Progress Monitoring Provides general estimates of students’ reading ability/monitors students’ progress toward meeting grade-level skills in reading s. 1008.25(4), F.S.
FLKRS Diagnostic/Progress Monitoring Determine readiness for kindergarten; used to calculate VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates s. 1002.69, F.S.; Rule 6M-8.601, F.A.C.
FSA Summative Purpose: Measure student achievement of Florida’s academic standards (Florida Standards, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards)
Required uses: third grade retention; high school standard diploma; EOC assessments as 30% of course grade; school grades; school improvement rating; district grades; differentiated accountability; VAM; scholar designation; Credit Acceleration Program; school improvement plans; school, district, state, and federal reporting
s. 1002.38, F.S.; s. 1003.4156, F.S.; s. 1003.4282, F.S.; s. 1004.04, F.S.; s. 1004.85, F.S.; s. 1008.22, F.S.; s. 1008.25, F.S.; s. 1008.33, F.S.; s. 1008.34, F.S.; s. 1008.341, F.S.; s. 1012.34, F.S.; s. 1012.56, F.S.; s. 1012.731, F.S.; Rule 6A-1.09422, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094221, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094222, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.0943, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09432, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09981, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099811, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099822, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-5.0411, F.A.C.
FSAA Summative Purpose: Measure student achievement of Florida’s academic standards (Florida Standards, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards)
Required uses: third grade retention; high school standard diploma; EOC assessments as 30% of course grade; school grades; school improvement rating; district grades; differentiated accountability; VAM; scholar designation; Credit Acceleration Program; school improvement plans; school, district, state, and federal reporting
s. 1002.38, F.S.; s. 1003.4156, F.S.; s. 1003.4282, F.S.; s. 1004.04, F.S.; s. 1004.85, F.S.; s. 1008.22, F.S.; s. 1008.25, F.S.; s. 1008.33, F.S.; s. 1008.34, F.S.; s. 1008.341, F.S.; s. 1012.34, F.S.; s. 1012.56, F.S.; s. 1012.731, F.S.; Rule 6A-1.09422, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094221, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094222, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.0943, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09432, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09981, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099811, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099822, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-5.0411, F.A.C.
NGSSS EOC Summative Purpose: Measure student achievement of Florida’s academic standards (Florida Standards, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards)
Required uses: third grade retention; high school standard diploma; EOC assessments as 30% of course grade; school grades; school improvement rating; district grades; differentiated accountability; VAM; scholar designation; Credit Acceleration Program; school improvement plans; school, district, state, and federal reporting
s. 1002.38, F.S.; s. 1003.4156, F.S.; s. 1003.4282, F.S.; s. 1004.04, F.S.; s. 1004.85, F.S.; s. 1008.22, F.S.; s. 1008.25, F.S.; s. 1008.33, F.S.; s. 1008.34, F.S.; s. 1008.341, F.S.; s. 1012.34, F.S.; s. 1012.56, F.S.; s. 1012.731, F.S.; Rule 6A-1.09422, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094221, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094222, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.0943, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09432, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09981, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099811, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099822, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-5.0411, F.A.C.
Statewide Science Assessment Summative Purpose: Measure student achievement of Florida’s academic standards (Florida Standards, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards)
Required uses: third grade retention; high school standard diploma; EOC assessments as 30% of course grade; school grades; school improvement rating; district grades; differentiated accountability; VAM; scholar designation; Credit Acceleration Program; school improvement plans; school, district, state, and federal reporting
s. 1002.38, F.S.; s. 1003.4156, F.S.; s. 1003.4282, F.S.; s. 1004.04, F.S.; s. 1004.85, F.S.; s. 1008.22, F.S.; s. 1008.25, F.S.; s. 1008.33, F.S.; s. 1008.34, F.S.; s. 1008.341, F.S.; s. 1012.34, F.S.; s. 1012.56, F.S.; s. 1012.731, F.S.; Rule 6A-1.09422, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094221, F.A.C. Rule 6A-1.094222, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.0943, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09432, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.09981, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099811, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-1.099822, F.A.C.; Rule 6A-5.0411, F.A.C.
NAEP Evaluative Measure student performance for comparison among state and national populations over time s. 1008.22, F.S.
PreACT Summative Inform course placement s. 1007.35, F.S.
PSAT/NMSQT Summative Inform course placement s. 1007.35, F.S.

Required Statewide Assessments

The following assessments are required for students as indicated in the “Students to Be Tested” column.

Assessment Students to Be Tested Statewide Window District Window Mode Testing Time Results Expected
FLKRS Kindergarten July 13 – Dec. 18, 2020 Sept. 1 – 30, 2020 CBT1 15–20 minutes Immediately following test completion
FSAA—Datafolio4 Grades 3–10 ELA (Reading & Writing); Grades 3–8 Mathematics; Grades 5 & 8 Science; and
Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, Geometry, &
U.S. History EOCs
Collection Period 1: Sept. – Oct. 2020 Collection Period 1: Sept. – Oct. 2020 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2020
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses Sept. 14 – Nov. 20, 2020 Sept. 14 – Oct. 22, 2020 CBT1 180 minutes2 Oct. 2020
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses Sept. 14 – Nov. 20, 2020 Sept. 14 – Oct. 22, 2020 CBT1 160 minutes3 Oct. 2020
FSAA—Datafolio4 Grades 3–10 ELA (Reading & Writing); Grades 3–8 Mathematics; Grades 5 & 8 Science; and Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, Geometry, & U.S. History EOCs Collection Period 2: Nov. – Dec. 2020 Collection Period 2: Nov. – Dec. 2020 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2021
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, 2020 Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, 2020 CBT1 180 minutes2 Jan. 2021
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics and U.S. History EOC assessments, Students enrolled in associated courses Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, 2020 Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, 2020 CBT1 160 minutes3 Jan. 2021
FSAA—Datafolio4 Grades 3–10 ELA (Reading & Writing); Grades 3–8 Mathematics; Grades 5 & 8 Science; and Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, Geometry, & U.S. History EOCs Collection Period 3: Mar. – Apr. 2021 Collection Period 3: Mar. – Apr. 2021 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2021
FSAA—Performance Task5 Grades 3–8 ELA & Mathematics; Grades 4–8 Writing; Grades 5 & 8 Science; and Civics EOC Mar. 1 – Apr. 16, 2021 Mar. 1 – Apr. 16, 2021 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2021
FSAA—Performance Task5 Grades 9 & 10 ELA;
Grades 9 & 10 Writing; and Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, and U.S. History EOCs
Mar. 15 – Apr. 30, 2020 Mar. 15 – Apr. 30, 2020 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2021
FSA ELA – Reading Grade 3 Apr. 5 – 16, 2021 Apr. 5 & 6, 2021
Make-ups through 4/16
PBT 160 minutes May 2021
FSA ELA – Writing Grades 4–6 Apr. 5 – 16, 2021 Apr. 6, 2021
Make-ups through 4/16
PBT 120 minutes June 2021
FSA ELA – Writing Grades 7–10 Apr. 5 – 16, 2021 Apr. 5 – 9, 2021
Make-ups through 4/16
CBT1 120 minutes June 2021
FSA ELA – Reading Grades 4 – 6 May 3 – 14, 2021 May 3 & 4, 2021
Make-ups through 5/14
CBT1 Grades 4–  5 Reading: 160 minutes
Grade 6 Reading:
170 minutes
 June 2021
FSA Mathematics Grades 3 – 6 May 3 – 14, 2021 May 10 & 11, 2021
Make-ups through 5/14
CBT1 Grades 3–5 Mathematics:
160 minutes
Grade 6 Mathematics:
180 minutes
June 2021
FSA ELA – Reading Grades 7 – 10 May 3 – 28, 2021 May 3 – 7, 2021
Make-ups through 5/28
PBT Grades 7–8 Reading: 170 minutes
Grades 9–10 Reading: 180 minutes
June 2021
FSA Mathematics Grades 7 and 8 May 3 – 28, 2021 May 10 – 14, 2021
Make-ups through 5/28
PBT 180 minutes June 2021
NGSSS Statewide Science Assessment Grades 5 and 8 May 10 – 21, 2021 May 17, 2021
Day 2 Grade 5 – May 18
Make-ups through 5/21
PBT 160 minutes June 2021
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses May 3 – 28, 2021 May 10 – 14, 2021
Make-ups through 5/28
CBT1 180 minutes2 June 2021
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses May 3 – 28, 2021 May 3 – 20, 2021 CBT1 160 minutes3 June 2021
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses July 12 – 23, 2021 July 12 – 15, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 Aug. 2021
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses July 12 – 23, 2021 July 12 – 15, 2021 CBT1 160 minutes3 Aug. 2021

 

1 Paper-based accommodations (e.g., regular print, large print, braille, one-item-per-page) for computer-based tests are available to eligible students if indicated as an accommodation on an IEP or Section 504 plan.

2 Any student taking an FSA EOC assessment who has not completed a session by the end of the allotted time may continue working up to half the length of a typical school day.

3 Any student taking an NGSSS EOC assessment who has not completed the session by the end of the allotted time may continue working; however, testing must be completed within the same school day.

4 The FSAA—Datafolio is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom participation in the general statewide assessment or the FSAA—Performance Task is inappropriate, even with accommodations.

5 The The FSAA—Performance Task is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom participation in the general statewide assessment is inappropriate, even with accommodations.

Statewide Assessments for SELECT Students

The following assessments are only intended for selected students/students in certain sub-groups. Assessments not being administered in Polk are indicated by “Not applicable” in the “District Window” column.

 

Assessment Applicable Students4 Statewide Window District Window Mode Testing Time Results Expected
FAIR Grades 3–12 Assessment Period (AP) 1: July. 31 – Nov. 6, 2020 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
PreACT Grade 10 Sept. – Dec. 2020 Not applicable PBT 150 minutes Approximately 2 weeks after testing
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Writing Sept. 14 – Dec. 18, 2020 Sept. 14 – Oct. 22, 2021 CBT1 120 minutes2 Dec. 2020
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Reading Sept. 14 – Dec. 18, 2020 Sept. 14 – Oct. 22, 2020 CBT1 180 minutes2 Dec. 2020
FSAA Performance Task6 Grade 10 ELA and
Algebra 1 EOC Makeup
Sept. 28 – December 18, 2020 Sept. 28 – Oct. 30, 2020 PBT Varies/Untimed Dec. 2020
PSAT/NMSQT Grade 10 Oct. 14, 2020
Oct. 17, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020
Jan. 26, 2021
Oct. 29, 2020 PBT 165 minutes Jan. 2021
FAIR Grades 3–12 AP 2: Nov. 9, 2020 – Feb. 12, 2021 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
ACCESS for ELLs Grades K–12 currently classified as ELL with “LY” code Jan. 25 – Mar. 19, 2021 Jan. 25 – Mar. 19, 2021 PBT Kindergarten: 45 minutes
Grades 1–12: 105–
245 minutes (varies
by grade-level/tier)
June 2021
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Grades 1 –12 with significant cognitive disabilities and currently classified as ELL with “LY” code Jan. 25 – Mar. 19, 2021 Jan. 25 – Mar. 19, 2021 PBT 80 minutes June 2021
NAEP Grades 4 & 8 Jan. – Mar. 2021 Jan. – Mar. 2021
Only FDOE-Selected Schools
CBT 90–120 minutes Fall 2021 (National, State, and Trial Urban District Assessment results): Mathematics and Reading, Grades 4 and 8
FAIR Grades 3 – 12 AP 3: Feb. 15 – June 11, 2021 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Writing Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 CBT1 120 minutes2 May 2021
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Reading Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 May 2021
FSA Algebra 1 Retake EOC5 Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 Feb. 22 – Mar. 12, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 May 2021

 

1 Paper-based accommodations (e.g., regular print, large print, braille, one-item-per-page) for computer-based tests are available to eligible students if indicated as an accommodation on an IEP or Section 504 plan.

2 Any student taking an FSA ELA Retake or EOC assessment who has not completed a session by the end of the allotted time may continue working up to half the length of a typical school day.

3 Any student taking an NGSSS EOC assessment who has not completed the session by the end of the allotted time may continue working; however, testing must be completed within the same school day.

4 If indicated, “applicable students” relates to the sub-group(s) of students who may take that assessment; it does not indicate that all students throughout the state in that sub-group will take that assessment. Assessments for which no applicable student group is listed are available to students as needed but are not limited to any specific sub-group.

5 The FSA Algebra 1 EOC Assessment is only offered as a separate Retake assessment during the Spring administration; students retaking the FSA Algebra 1 EOC in Fall, Winter, or Summer participate in the regular EOC administration.

District-Required Assessments

The following assessments are required by all schools in the district.

Assessment Students to Be Tested District Window Mode Testing Time Results Expected
District Writing Assessment Round 1 Grades 6 – 10 Aug. 26 – Sept. 14, 2020 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes Sept. 28, 2020
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 1 Grades 1 – 2 Sept. 1 – 30, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 1 Grades 3 – 8 Sept. 1 – 30, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 1 Grades 1 – 10 Sept. 1 – 30, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
District Writing Assessment Round 1 Grades 4 – 5 Sept. 25, 2020 PBT Up to 120 minutes Oct. 2, 2020
District Writing Assessment Round 2 Grades 6 – 10 Oct. 27 – Nov. 13, 2020 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes Dec. 7, 2020
District Writing Assessment Round 2 Grades 4 – 5 Nov. 6, 2020 PBT Up to 120 minutes Nov. 13, 2020
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 2 Grades K – 2 Dec. 1 – 18, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 2 Grades 3 – 8 Dec. 1 – 18, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 2 Grades 1 – 10 Dec. 1 – 18, 2020 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
District Writing Assessment Round 3 Grades 4 – 5 Jan. 8, 2021 PBT Up to 120 minutes Jan. 15, 2021
District Writing Assessment Round 3 Grades 6 – 10 Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2021 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes Feb. 22, 2021
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 3 Grades K – 2 Apr. 5 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 3 Grades 3 – 8 Apr. 5 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 3 Grades 1 – 10 Apr. 5 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly

Estimates of Total Testing Time by Grade Level

Estimates of average time (in minutes) for administering state-required and district-required assessments by grade level.

 

Grade Level Statewide Assessments District Assessments Approximate Total Testing Time
K 15-20 40 55-60
1 0 120 120
2 0 120 120
3 320 120 440
4 440 480 920
5 600 480 1080
6 470 480 950
7 470 480 950
8 790 480 1270
9 640 420 1060
10 480 420 900
11 160 0 160
12 0 0 0