Additional Assessments

STATE ASSESSMENTS

Access for English Language Learners (ELLs)

Florida uses the ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) suite of assessments as a tool to measure ELLs proficiency in the English language; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. 

The ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments includes:

  • ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment for Grades 1–12
    • Students are administered the Speaking section of the test one-on-one with a teacher; the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections may be administered in a group setting.
  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment for Kindergarten
    • Students are administered all sections of the test, one-on-one with a teacher.
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment for students in Grades 1–12 who have significant cognitive disabilities
    • Students are administered all sections of the test, one-on-one with a teacher.

For more information pertaining to the Access for ELLs program, click here.

FLKRS

The FLKRS (Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener) is administered to all first-time Kindergarten students within the first 30-days of school. This assessment has two separate components, ECHOS (Early Childhood Observation System) and FAIR (Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading). These tests give Kindergarten teachers valuable insight into a child's strengths as well as important information to share with parents during conferences.

FLKRS is also administered to children who attended Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and attend a non-public school (registered with FDOE) for Kindergarten.

For more information pertaining to the FLKRS program, click here.

FSA

The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and end-of-course (EOC) subjects (Algebra 1 and Geometry) serve Florida students by measuring education gains and progress. Students, parents/guardians, and educators are encouraged to check the Florida Statewide Assessments Portal often to access important information and resources as they are available.

Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA)

The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment program (Florida Standards Assessments, Statewide Science Assessment, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA is based on the Florida Standards Access Points (FS-APs) for English language arts and mathematics, and on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Access Points (NGSSS-APs) for science and social studies. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. They reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity.

For more information pertaining to FSAA program, click here.

NGSSS

The Statewide Science Assessment and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) End-ofCourse (EOC) assessments are part of Florida’s Next Generation Strategic Plan for the purpose of increasing student achievement and improving college and career readiness. The statewide assessment program assesses student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards through the implementation of the Grades 5 and 8 Statewide Science Assessment and the NGSSS Biology 1, U.S. History, and Civics EOC assessments.

For more information pertaining to NGSSS program, click here.

NAEP

The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) provides achievement information for students in Grades 4, 8, and 12 in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Writing, Science, History, Geography, Civics, Economics, Foreign Language, and the Arts. This assessment provides both state and subgroup (e.g., gender, ethnicity, ELL, ESE condition) information. Results are not provided on a student or school-district level.

Schools are randomly selected to participate in NAEP based on population diversity. Not all students within a selected school will be tested. For more information pertaining to NAEP, click here.

Programs

SCPS VPK KidZone and Beyond SCPS Great Start The Foundation Families In Need ePathways