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Starting next week, select students will be taking the computer-based ELA Writing and ELA Reading Retake and/or Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History End-of-Course (EOC) assessment(s).  The window for testing closes November 20th for EOC assessments, and December 18th for the ELA Reading Retake. Teachers/Staff will be notified of rosters on Tuesday, October 13th, and students will be informed via email, calls, and posted lists about specific subject area exams starting Wednesday, October 14th.

The ELA Reading Retake will be administered over three days, with the writing portion given in one session on one day, and the reading portion given in two sessions over two days.  The Algebra 1/Geometry EOC(s) will be administered as two sessions over two days, and the Biology 1 and U.S. History assessment will be administered as one session is one day.  Specific session information is below:

Assessment Number of Sessions Session Length
Biology 1 1 160 minutes
U.S. History 1 160 minutes
Geometry 2 90 minutes each
Algebra 1 2 90 minutes each
Reading Retake – Writing Portion 1 120 minutes
Reading Retake – Reading Portion 2 90 minutes each

Covid 19:  The safety of our students is important to us in light of Covid 19.  In order to keep them protected, students will be required to wear masks during test.  Also, ample space between students will be provided, and workstations will be disinfected between testing sessions.

mySchool Online Students:  State tests must be given on the school campus using a secure browser and administered by certified test administrators.  mySchool Online (MSO) students will receive invitations with dates when they may come to GHS for testing.  Students will need to have their own means of transportation and a confirmation form will be sent to families. Please email Ms. Maz at amazurow@pasco.k12.fl.us with any questions about MSO testing.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices – Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g. restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
  • Calculator Policy – For Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated.  For Biology 1 EOC, a handheld four-function calculator may be used only if the school provides all students with a handheld four-function calculator.  Online calculators are available in all sessions that require or allow them.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgement – All tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgement that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by clicking the box in the secure browser indicating that they understand the testing rules.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing – The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states that because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, students may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites.  Please make sure your student understands this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online.  While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parent/families.
  • Working Independently – Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns.  Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus – If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g. for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day.  Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Suzanne Stacey, Learning Design Coach (Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry) at sstacey@pasco.k12.fl.us or Jennifer Resto, Learning Design Coach (ELA Writing, ELA Reading Retake, U.S. History) jresto@pasco.k12.fl.us.

If you or your student would like to review the computer-based practice test at home, the practice test and answer keys are available at https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.

For more information about the Florida Statewide Assessments program, please visit the portal at www.FSAssessments.org.