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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Florida State Assessment (FSA)

This page answers frequently asked questions about Florida State Assessment (FSA) by Teachers, Parents and Students


What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Florida State called?
What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of FSA?
Why did Florida adopt the FSA for assessment of grades K-12?
When did Florida incorporate FSA as a form of the end of the year assessment?
What is the FSA testing window for 2017-18?
How many sessions are there for each FSA test?
What is the duration of FSA test?
Is there any break in between the FSA test sessions?
What are the question types in FSA test?
How are the performance levels assessed in FSA?
What is the calculator policy for FSA test?
When will results of the FSA assessments be announced?
How will StepUp® help my child prepare for FSA test?
What are the resources available to help prepare my child for FSA Test?

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What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Florida State called?

The assessment conducted at the end of the year in Florida State is called FSA.
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What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of FSA?

Before FSA test was introduced, Florida had FACT 2.0 assessments. FSA was introduced in the year 2014-15.
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Why did Florida adopt the FSA for assessment of grades K-12?

Florida State adopted FSA as the method of assessment for grade K-12 because

  • It provides On time , informative reports.
  • It does not significantly increase the overall cost of testing to the state, districts or schools;
  • Students can take tests as late in the school year as possible.
  • Is Rigorous and measures how well the student has mastered the standards taught.
  • Useful to compare Florida performance with that of other states.
  • Provides flexibility to schools to choose between online tests and paper based assessments.
  • Include appropriate accommodations for exceptional students.
  • When did Florida incorporate FSA as a form of the end of the year assessment?

    FSA assessment tests started in the year 2014-15.
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    What is the FSA testing window for 2017-18?

    The test window for FSA for the year 2017-18 is as follows:

    English Language Arts Grade 10 Retake – Writing : September 11–22, 2017
    English Language Arts Grade 10 Retake – Reading : September 11–29, 2017
    Grades 4–7 English Language Arts – Writing : February 26–March 1, 2018
    Grades 8–10 & Retake English Language Arts – Writing : February 26–March 7, 2018
    English Language Arts Grade 10 Retake – Reading : March 19–April 6, 2018
    Grade 3 English Language Arts – Reading: April 9–20, 2018
    Grades 4–10 English Language Arts – Reading & Grades 3–8 Mathematics: April 9–May 4, 2018

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    How many sessions are there for each FSA test?

    The session details for FSA is as follows:

    FSA ELA Writing:
    Grade 4 to 10 : 1 session of 120 minutes

    FSA ELA Reading:
    Grade 3 to 5: 2 sessions of 80 minutes each
    Grade 6 to 8 : 2 sessions of 85 minutes each

    FSA Mathematics:
    The assessments are conducted over TWO Days.
    Grade 3 to 5 : 2 sessions of 80 minutes each
    Grade 6 to 8 : 3 sessions of 60 minutes each

    What is the duration of FSA test?

    The duration of the FSA test is as below:

    FSA ELA Writing:
    Grade 4 to 10 : 1 session of 120 minutes

    FSA ELA Reading:
    Grade 3 to 5: 2 sessions of 80 minutes each
    Grade 6 to 8 : 2 sessions of 85 minutes each

    FSA Mathematics:
    The assessments are conducted over TWO Days.
    Grade 3 to 5 : 2 sessions of 80 minutes each
    Grade 6 to 8 : 3 sessions of 60 minutes each
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    Is there any break in between the FSA test sessions?

    No, there are no breaks between a single session of FSA test.
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    What are the question types in FSA test?

    The question types in FSA Test include

    For FSA Mathematics Tests:

    (1)CRT types and
    (2)Technology enhanced types

  • Editing task choice
  • Editing task
  • Hot text
  • Drag and drop
  • Open response
  • GRID
  • Multiselect
  • Equation editor
  • Matching item
  • Table item
  • More information available at

    http://fsassessments.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Grade-3-Math-Test-Item-Specifications_Final_May-2016.pdf

    For FSA ELA Tests:

    (1) CRT types and
    (2) Technology enhanced types (25 to 50%)

  • Editing task choice
  • Editing task
  • Hot text
  • Drag and drop
  • Open response
  • GRID
  • Multiselect
  • Evidence-based selected response
  • Multimedia
  • More information available at

    http://fsassessments.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Grade-3-ELA-Test-Item-Specifications_Final_May-2016.pdf
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    How are the performance levels assessed in FSA?

    The performance levels for FSA are:

  • Level 1: Students demonstrate an inadequate level of success
  • Level 2: Students demonstrate a below satisfactory level of success
  • Level 3: Students demonstrate satisfactory level of success.
  • Level 4: Students demonstrate above satisfactory level of success
  • Level 5: Students demonstrate mastery of the standards.
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    What is the calculator policy for FSA test?

    The calculator policy for FSA test is as follows:

  • Grade 7 and 8 students can use Scientific calculators for Session 2 and 3 and NO calculators for Session 1.
  • Grade 3 to 6 will be without calculators.
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    When will results of the FSA be announced

    Results for FSA tests are announced in the month of June.
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    How will StepUp® help my child prepare for FSA test?

    The Lumos StepUp® provides
    (a) Online access to Full-length FSA Practice Tests .
    (b) Workbooks to practice 30+ Math and 40+ ELA skills.
    (c) Access to parent and student portals.
    (d) Access to Teacher portal.
    (e) Easy-to-use, advanced and real-time reports to help you identify areas of weakness and tailor personalized learning plans for your student.
    (f) Student-centric approach, combined with instant feedback boosts student confidence and improves learning outcomes.
    (g) StepUp® program can be accessed through a number of devices that include, PC, tablet and smartphones and it is available 24×7. This convenience helps enabling anywhere learning.

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    What are the resources available to help prepare my child for FSA Test?

    In addition to the Lumos StepUp® program benefits, you can also access sample
    questions on Lumos Learning site by clicking on the button below

    To access Sample questions, Click here



    Further, you can get more information about FSA tests and view sample papers at

    http://fsassessments.org/test-administration/
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    What is the FSA test?

    The Florida Standards Assessments is based on Florida State Standards and is designed to access students in reading, writing and math tests.

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