Florida Statutes as well as Flagler Schools policy require that certain tests be administered to specific students each year. In general, all are mandated by statutes or administrative rules passed by the Florida Legislature or the Florida Board of Education. For more information, the comprehensive listings and descriptions found in the Uniform Assessment Calendar may be useful.
The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) is a progress monitoring tool that will be administered three times per year to track student progress in learning the Benchmarks of Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards throughout the school year.
FAST assessments are computer-adaptive tests taken on a computer or tablet. The questions get easier or more difficult depending on how the student responds, and each student will see different questions from a common item bank. Each test attempt (PM1, PM2, and PM3) will present 35–40 items that will cover the entire test “blueprint,” meaning students will encounter items representative of the standards within the subject or grade level.
Statewide Science Assessment
The Statewide Science Assessment measures Grades 8 student achievement of Florida’s State Academic Standards in Science. The assessment consists of two 80-minute paper-based test sessions administered in one day.
- Which subject areas are assessed using either state-based or district-based tests?
- What is the purpose or usage of these assessments?
- How much time is spent by students to take these assessments?
- When are these assessments administered?
- Under what authority are these tests, assessments, or progress monitoring tools administered?
- When will student performance reports or scores be released for these assessments?