Emergency Order from FLDOE on Testing

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Dear SCPS Families,

We have important information to share with you regarding the emergency order issued by the Commissioner of Education on Friday, April 9th regarding state testing implications.

Please know the results of statewide, standardized assessments are vital to the planning and implementation of individual learning pathways for your student and identifying your student’s areas of academic support and acceleration. We strongly encourage all students to continue to take these valuable assessments and to do their very best. 

Below are some basic highlights we wish to make you aware of:


  • Third Grade Promotion:  The decision regarding promotion to 4th grade will be determined at the school level by the school’s principal, with input from the student, parents, and the student’s teachers, after a review of the student’s academic record.  A student may be promoted to grade 4, regardless of the absence of an English Language Art (ELA) score of a Level 2 or higher, if the school is able to determine that a student is performing at least at Level 2 through the good cause exemption process or through a review of the student’s academic performance and student progress monitoring data.

Middle & High:

  • Graduation Requirements:  For students who are expected to graduate in the spring of 2021, districts are authorized to waive the required state assessments for graduation (Algebra 1 & FSA English Language Arts (ELA)).  However, each district must determine on a case-by-case basis that the student has satisfactorily met all other requirements for graduation.   
  • End-of-Course Exams:  Districts may determine promotion and final course grades in classes with state end-of-course (EOC) exams, based solely on the student's performance in the course. In Seminole County, the EOC score counting for 30% of the student’s grade will only be applied if it helps the student’s overall grade and only to those courses successfully completed during the 2020-21 school year. State required end-of-course exams are administered in Algebra 1, Geometry, Civics (Grade 7), U.S. History, and Biology.  
    • With the exception of spring 2021 graduates, students needing to meet the Algebra I graduation requirement may: 
      • Earn a level 3 on the Algebra I EOC during any future test administration 
      • Use a passing Geometry EOC score to meet the requirement 
      • Earn a comparative score on one of the following assessments: 
        • PSAT/NMSQT Math Score of 430+ 
        • SAT Math Score of 420+ 
        • ACT Math Score of 16+ 
    • Students wishing to earn the Scholars Diploma will need to earn a passing score on the Grade 10 ELA Assessment, Algebra 1 EOC, Biology EOC, US History EOC, and Geometry EOC.   
  •  Bright Futures: For students expected to graduate in the spring of 2021, schools may request suspension of the required number of volunteer hours for scholarship eligibility on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the deadline to obtain the required minimum SAT and ACT score has been extended to no later than December 1, 2021.

District Overall:

  • Grade Promotion/Retention:  Each student’s academic record will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance to the SCPS Student Progression Plan.

You can review the emergency order in its entirety here.


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