Welcome to FLORIDA ASSESSMENT NIGHT New State Standards: 2014-2015 School Year THE BIG CHANGE.. • From the Next Generation State Standards to Florida Standards (Common Core) • From the F.C.A.T. to Florida Standard Assessment • Teachers have been gradually introducing the Florida Standards (Common Core) for the past 3 years. The Florida Standards Why Are We Changing? • Emphasize success for future college readiness • Provide more rigorous content and application of knowledge • Place emphasis on critical and analytical thinking • Establish clear, consistent guidelines for instruction throughout the state. • Students must be better prepared to compete in the global job market with a skill set and knowledge base that is changing as new technologies and careers evolve. These standards will drive this change. The Florida Standards What Subjects Are Included? • The new Florida Standards will address; MAFS - Mathematics LAFS- English Language Arts • Other subject areas (Science, Social Sciences) will continue under the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards • The Standards will define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level – kindergarten through grade 12 What Do They Mean For Teaching and Learning? LAFS • Building knowledge through contentrich non-fiction text • Use of literary and informational text as a basis for reading, writing, and speaking • Regular practice with complex text & academic language • Reading, writing, listening and speaking grounded in evidence from text • Real-world applications MAFS • Deeper understanding of mathematical concepts • Builds habits of mind of productive mathematical thinkers • Real-world applications • Modeling with pictures technology, graphs, manipulatives The Florida Standards What About the New Assessments? • MAFS and LAFS will be assessed with the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) • Test will be March 23–April 10, 2015 • Elementary school assessments will include: – English Language Arts (ELA): grades 3- 5 – Mathematics: grades 3- 5 FSA Testing Dates and Information 3rd grade English Language Arts • Paper Based • March 23 to April 10 • 2 sessions- 80 minutes each Mathematics • Paper Based • March 23 to April 10 • 2 sessions- 80 minutes each Third Grade Requirements • Students will be timed when completing the FSA. • The assessment will include both multiple choice and open ended questions. • Students will be required to write and give evidence when answering open ended questions. • They will be encouraged to summarize or paraphrase the reading material provided. Third Grade Requirements If a student’s reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of third grade, as demonstrated by scoring at level 2 on the FSA in reading for grade 3 the student must be retained. Good Cause Exemptions Portfolio• Administered during the 2nd semester • All 3rd grade students will complete portfolio • Administered in a span of several weeks. Students will complete one passage each week. • Is the 2nd opportunity for a student to be promoted to grade 4 • Student must demonstrate mastery of each benchmark ASRA• Administered the last 2 weeks of school • Participants – Students scoring a level 1 – Students without a passing reading portfolio • Represents the 3rd opportunity within the school year prior to retention 3rd grade Reading Sample Question How are we Preparing ? • Our reading series correlates with the standards in which the students will be assessed on. • Our weekly assessments expose the students to the types of questions they will see on the FSA: – Multiple choice – Open ended questions. • Two Interims are administered throughout the year that are aligned with the Common Core Standards. • These interims will be administered in the Fall and Winter. The Florida Standards How May I Help My Child? • Read different types of books and informational text with your child • Ask your child to find answers to questions in the text of books, newspaper articles, manuals, etc. • Encourage your child to form and defend an opinion by supporting it with facts, details and reasons from text • Discuss mathematics ideas with your child have them explain these to you using pictures, graphs, etc. • Visit the Florida Standards Assessment online portal at: www.fsassessments.org to become familiar with the new assessments.