Last Minute Reminders for the FSA- Reading

Forgot what we reviewed the week before the test? Look below for a student- generated list of stuff you should know prior to taking your assessment.

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  1. Bring headphones to the FSA Reading test.
  2. Set up your scrap sheet of paper as soon as you get it. ( At least 4 sections, write “T.E.” on the left side and “?s” on the right side)
  3. Read ALL of the directions FULLY!
  4. Read the questions prior to reading the passage.
  5. Shorthand all notes. (Use your CBT worksheet instead of the computer’s notepad)
  6. Never highlight full sentences or paragraphs.
  7. Short answer responses should be clear and concise.
  8. Write in COMPLETE sentences.
  9. Constantly manually save your work.
  10. Maintain same morning routine! (Do not overeat!) / Get a good night’s sleep.
  11. Grammar section: Be sure to rewrite answers even if you deem them correct! If you do not interact with the highlighted portion, the computer will mark your response incorrect.
  12. Do not take more than seven (7) minutes reading the passages.
  13. Do NOT discuss the test during or after taking it.
  14. Don’t leave the testing session early.
  15. Make sure all electronic devices are turned off or leave them at home.
  16. For the audio portion of the test, do not pass the introduction screen if  you cannot hear the “test” sound.
  17. Remember to take notes during the audio section.
  18. Notes should be written in your own words (PARAPHRASE)
  19. Do not copy answers! Your test and your teacher’s educator’s certificate are on the line.
  20. Maintain an appropriate pace during the test.
  21. Complete all questions! Use process of elimination.
  22. The strongest answer has the clearest connection to the question! Do not be fooled by the distractor.
  23. The test is two 90 minute sessions on two different days. Know your testing dates and be on time!
  24. Don’t alter the test’s background color unless you are sure!
  25. Use the line reader to focus on one sentence at a time.

All About the FSA

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Don’t fret parents and colleagues. Everything you need to know about the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) can be found here. Please message me if you have any questions or new documents to share! 🙂

Official FSA Website

FSA Online Portal

 

 

 

 

Below you will see PDF files will additional information. 

Information for all grades is included. I have extracted some of the high school information so the parents of my tenth graders can easily see the test dates.

FSA 2014-2015 testing schedule -updated

High School Dates:

FSA Writing= March 2, 2015

FSA Reading= April 13, 2015

*Don’t forget that the district will average the students Writing and Reading scores to make one (1) score. That one (1) score will be added to the student’s FCAT scores from the previous year (if they are in 10th grade), and that will make up the student’s final score.

*10th grade’s score counts for graduation.

Florida Family Brochure

2014-2015 Assessment Accommodations FAQ

Writing:

Presentation handed down by the state of Florida. It includes the key aspects of the test that teachers should be focusing on.

FSA Updates Presentation

FSA Writing Planning Template

K-12 Argument-Opinion Writing Common Core Sample Essays

Instructional Implications for the New Writing Assessment

Reading:

Grades-9-11 FSA ELA Reading Paper-Based Training Test

Test Administrators:

Spring 2015 FSA ELA Writing Training Materials Final

 

 

*As many of the documents included in this post have been passed back and forth via colleagues, this page is updated weekly. Check back frequently for new resources.