The Florida Standard Assessment for 2022

The Florida Standard Assessment for 2022

For pupils, there will be no more Florida Standards Assessments.

Instead, the large end-of-year exam will be replaced by progress monitoring, which means there will be three tests throughout the school year instead of one.

At first glance, it appears that this is fantastic. Gwyn Gittens, a member of the Lee County school board, said, “We’re getting rid of high-stakes testing, but read the small print.”

Beginning next school year, there will be three computer-based assessments. To track student development, one will be held in the fall, one in the winter, and one in the spring.

In general, this change will be good for students. Instead of a single high-stakes test, there will be efforts to assess student knowledge in short spurts throughout the school year. This allows teachers to adjust their coursework based on what the students already know and what they still need to learn. The exams will also focus on developing writing skills, literacy skills, and 21st-century learning skills.

After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill ending the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Tests into law on Tuesday, this spring will be the last time public-school students take them.

However, the new computerized tests won’t replace the FSA until next school year — and they will be much different. In fact, they are supposed to show a student’s level of achievement rather than his or her proficiency. The legislation also requires that the new tests count for fewer points toward a student’s final grade than FSA scores did. Under rules approved by the Board of Education late last year, a student’s performance on end-of-course exams would account for 40 percent of his or her final grade in the course. The old scores counted for 100 percent, with students expected to pass each exam in a subject area to earn credit in that subject.

The Florida Education Association, on the other hand, is critical of the new progress monitoring system, claiming that it will not reduce the amount of standardized testing for students nor will it eliminate the big make-or-break test at the end of the year, according to FEA President Andrew Spar. But the new system would allow teachers to adjust their curricula accordingly throughout the school year.

Spar stated in a statement posted by the FEA, “We were promised a grading system that would make it easier for children to pass.” Instead, what we have gotten is an assessment scheme that will do nothing but increase anxiety among students and parents. “

“Andrew is wrong,” Gittens replied in response to the FEA’s Andrew Spar. As a result, existing students in Florida should benefit from these changes because they will no longer be required to take such a massive exam on a single day of the year (the end-of-year FSA).

The classroom-based assessments will be developed by the state and administered from 2019 to 2024. Beth Lousteau, a member of the Lee County School Board and an advocate for moving away from high-stakes testing, led the charge to replace FSA with something that would measure growth in students.

Board members also say that, in the long run, students will benefit from the assessments. Gittens said she hopes the new system will reduce anxiety because it gives teachers more flexibility in how they teach and students more opportunities to demonstrate progress.

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