Forget the FCAT. Think FSA instead.
Florida’s 15-year-old test officially gave way Monday to the Florida Standards Assessment, with the launch of a new website that gives a first look at the state’s new accountability exams.
“We wanted parents and students and teachers to see the different types of questions there might be,” said Vince Verges, state assistant deputy commissioner for accountability, research and measurement.
They range from easier multiple choice problems to complicated, multistep ones for which students may earn partial credit.
“Of the questions that are challenging, students will be asked to demonstrate a higher level,” Verges said. “There will be more opportunities for them to show how much they have mastered.”
In fifth-grade math, for instance, rather than just asking students to solve an equation, the test might present a solution and ask them to determine if it is wrong. Then students would have to give the correct answer.