The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released the results from the Spring 2018 administration of the Florida Standards Alternate Assessments (FSAA) Performance Task (PT) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, and the Access End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in Algebra I, Civics, Biology, Geometry, and U.S. History.
All Florida students are required to participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The FSAA measures student academic performance on the Florida Standards-Access Points (FS–AP), which are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Overall, M-DCPS students instructed on the Florida Standards Access Points demonstrated success on the Spring 2018 administration of the FSAA. Following are highlights of the results:
• On the ELA assessment, students in grades 3-10 showed gains in performance, as high as 11 percent in grade 7.
• The percentage of students with satisfactory performance on the FSAA-PT ELA in grades 4, 6, 7, and 9 increased by 5 percent or more.
• On the Math assessment, students in grades 3-7 made gains in performance as high as 15 percent in grade 7.
• The percentage of students making satisfactory performance on the FSAA-PT Mathematics in grades 3, 4, 5, and 7 showed gains of 5 percent or more, while the percentage remained constant in grade 8 from 2017 to 2018.
• On the FSAA Science assessments, the percentage of students demonstrating satisfactory performance on the Access Points increased in grades 5 and 8 by 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
• On the FSAA-PT Algebra 1 EOC, the percentage of students demonstrating satisfactory understanding of the Access Points increased by 5 percent, earning 63 percent proficiency.
• As such, 63 percent of the FSAA-eligible students met the Algebra 1 high school graduation test requirement in 2018.
• Additionally, the 70 percent graduation rate for M-DCPS students with disabilities exceeded the state rate in 2016-17 by 4 percent.
• And the District’s inclusion rates increased by 5 percent from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
Additional information about the FSAA program may be found at http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/fl-alternate-assessment.stml.
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