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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 and as part of the criteria to extend an educator’s temporary teaching certificate.
VPK Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

Test, Type, and Purpose/Use

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 12 – October 15, 2021 August 10 – September 22, 2021 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: September – October 2021 Collection Period 1: September 1 – October 29, 2021 PBT Varies/Untimed June 2022
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses September 13 – October 1, 2021 September 14 – October 1, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 October 2021
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses September 13 – October 1, 2021 September 14 – October 1, 2021 CBT1 160 minutes3 October 2021
Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE) Students enrolled in a U.S. Government course October 25 – December 17, 2021 (tentative) November 29 – December 17, 2021 CBT 160 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 2: November – December 2021 Collection Period 2:
November 1 –
December 17, 2021
PBT Varies/Untimed June 2022
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses November 29 – December 17, 2021 November 29 –  December 17, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 January 2022
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics and U.S. History EOC assessments, Students enrolled in associated courses November 29 – December 17, 2021 November 29 –  December 17, 2021 CBT1 160 minutes3 January 2022
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: March – April 2022 Collection Period 3:
March 1 –
April 29, 2022
PBT Varies/Untimed June 2022
FSAA—Performance Task5 Grades 3 – 8 ELA & Mathematics; Grades 4 – 8 Writing; Grades 5 & 8 Science; and Civics EOC February 28 – April 15, 2022 February 28 –
April 15, 2022
PBT Varies/Untimed June 2022
ACT6 Grade 11 students in districts that selected ACT March 1, March 29, or April 19, 2022 April 19, 2022 CBT 175 minutes 3 – 8 weeks after test administration
SAT6 Grade 11 students in districts that selected ACT March 2 or April 13, 2022 Not Applicable CBT 180 minutes 2 – 4 weeks after test administration
FSAA—Performance Task5 Grades 9 & 10 ELA;
Grades 9 & 10 Writing; and Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, and U.S. History EOCs
March 14 – April 29, 2022 March 14 –
April 29, 2022
PBT Varies/Untimed June 2022
FSA ELA – Reading Grade 3 April 4 – 15, 2022 April 4 – 15, 2022 PBT 160 minutes May 2022
FSA ELA – Writing Grades 4 – 6 April 4 – 15, 2022 April 4 – 15, 2022 PBT 120 minutes June 2022
FSA ELA – Writing Grades 7 – 10 April 4 – 15, 2022 April 4 – 15, 2022 CBT1 120 minutes June 2022
FCLE Students enrolled in a U.S. Government course April 11 – May 27, 2022 (tentative) April 25 –
May 27, 2022
CBT1 160 minutes Immediately following test completion
FSA ELA – Reading Grades 4 – 6 May 2 – 13, 2022 May 2 – 13, 2022 PBT Grades 4 – 5 Reading: 160 minutes
Grade 6 Reading: 170 minutes
 June 2022
FSA Mathematics Grades 3 – 6 May 2 – 13, 2022 May 2 – 13, 2022 PBT Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics:
160 minutes
Grade 6 Mathematics:
180 minutes
June 2022
FSA ELA – Reading Grades 7 – 10 May 2 – 27, 2022 May 2 – 27, 2022 CBT1 Grades 7–8 Reading: 170 minutes
Grades 9–10 Reading: 180 minutes
June 2022
FSA Mathematics Grades 7 and 8 May 2 – 27, 2022 May 2 – 27, 2022 CBT1 180 minutes June 2022
NGSSS Statewide Science Assessment Grades 5 and 8 May 9 – 20, 2022 May 9 – 20, 2022 PBT 160 minutes June 2022
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses May 2 – 27, 2022 May 2 – 27, 2022 CBT1 180 minutes2 June 2022
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses May 2 – 27, 2022 May 2 – 27, 2022 CBT1 160 minutes3 June 2022
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses July 11 – 22, 2022 July 11 – 15, 2022 CBT1 180 minutes2 August 2022
NGSSS Biology 1, Civics, and U.S. History EOC assessments Students enrolled in associated courses July 11 – 22, 2022 July 11 – 15, 2022 CBT1 160 minutes3 August 2022

 

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

6 Each district must choose to administer either the ACT or SAT. Complete the row for the assessment chosen by your district and then change the background for the assessment not chosen to gray and leave the district window cell blank.

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: August 2 –November 5, 2021 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
PreACT Grade 10 September – December 2021 Not applicable PBT 150 minutes Approximately 2 weeks after testing
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Writing September 13 – October 1, 2021 September 14 –  October 1, 2021 CBT1 120 minutes2 December 2021
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Reading September 13 – October 1, 2021 September 14 –  October 1, 2021 CBT1 180 minutes2 December 2021
FSAA Performance Task6
Grade 10 ELA and
Algebra 1 EOC Makeup
September 27 – October 15, 2021 September 27 –  October 15, 2021 PBT Varies/Untimed December 2021
PSAT/NMSQT Grade 10 October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021 PBT 165 minutes January 2022
FAIR Grades 3 – 12 AP 2: November 8, 2021 –  February 11, 2022 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
ACCESS for ELLs Grades K – 12 currently classified as ELL with “LY” code January 24 – March 18, 2022 January 24 –
March 18, 2022
PBT Kindergarten: 45 minutes
Grades 1–12: 105–
245 minutes (varies
by grade-level/tier)
June 2022
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Grades 1 – 12 with significant cognitive disabilities and currently classified as ELL with “LY” code January 24 – March 18, 2022 January 24 –
March 18, 2022
PBT 80 minutes June 2022
FAIR Grades 3 – 12 AP 3: February 14 – June 10, 2022 Not applicable CBT1 45 minutes 1 week after
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Writing February 21 – March 11, 2022 February 22 –
March 11, 2022
CBT1 120 minutes2 May 2022
ELA Grade 10 Retake – Reading February 21 –  March 11, 2022 February 22 –
March 11, 2022
CBT1 180 minutes2 May 2022
FSA Algebra 1 Retake EOC5 February 21 –  March 11, 2022 February 22 –
March 11, 2022
CBT1 180 minutes2 May 2022

 

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.

5The 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 August 11 – September 3, 2021 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes September 20, 2021
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 1 Grades 1 – 2 September 1 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 1 Grades 3 – 8 September 1 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 1 Grades 1 – 8
Students enrolled in associated courses
September 1 – 30, 2021 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
District Writing Assessment Round 1 Grades 4 – 5 September 24, 2021 PBT Up to 120 minutes October 8, 2021
District Writing Assessment Round 2 Grades 6 – 10 October 19 – November 5, 2021 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes December 6, 2021
District Quarter 1 Assessments – US History, Biology & Environmental Science Students enrolled in associated courses October 11 – 22, 2021 CBT 45 minutes Instantly
District Writing Assessment Round 2 Grades 4 – 5 November 5, 2021 PBT Up to 120 minutes November 19, 2021
District Quarter 2 Assessments – US History, Biology & Environmental Science Students enrolled in associated courses December 6-17, 2021 CBT 90 minutes Instantly
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 2 Grades K – 2 January 4 – 31, 2022 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 2 Grades 3 – 8 January 4 – 31, 2022 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 1 Grades 1 – 8
Students enrolled in associated courses
January 4 – 31, 2022 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
District Writing Assessment Round 3 Grades 4 – 5 January 18, 2022 PBT Up to 120 minutes January 31, 2022
District Writing Assessment Round 3 Grades 6 – 10 January 31 – February 11, 2022 CBT/PBT Up to 120 minutes February 28, 2022
District Quarter 3 Assessments – US History, Biology & Environmental Science Students enrolled in associated courses March 7 – 18, 2022 CBT 90 minutes Instantly
STAR Early Literacy Assessment Period 3 Grades K – 2 April 1 – 29, 2022 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Reading Assessment Period 3 Grades 3 – 8 April 1 – 29, 2022 CBT 20 minutes Instantly
STAR Math/Algebra 1/Geometry Assessment Period 3 Grades 1 – 8
Students enrolled in associated courses
April 1 – 29, 2022 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
9 640 645 1285
10 480 645 1125
11 335 225 560
12 160 0 160