Assessments and Exams

Florida's K-12 Statewide Assessment Program

Florida Standards Assessments: The Florida Standards Assessments, which measure student success with the Florida Standards, include assessments in English Language Arts (grades 3-10), Mathematics (grades 3-8), and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra 1 and Geometry.

Statewide Science Assessment: The Statewide Science Assessment measures student success with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and includes assessments in grades 5 and 8.

NGSSS EOC Assessments: The NGSSS EOC assessments are computer-based tests designed to measure student achievement of the specified standards for middle- and high-school level courses in Science (Biology 1) and Social Studies (Civics and U.S. History).

National and International Assessments (NAEP, PIRLS, PISA, and TIMSS): National and state assessments enable us to know how well students are doing in a variety of subjects at different ages and grade levels. International assessments allow us the unique opportunity to benchmark our students' performance to the performance of students in other countries. Florida participates in several national (NAEP) and international (PIRLS, PISA, TIMSS) criterion-referenced surveys.

Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screening (FLKRS): Assesses the readiness of each student for kindergarten based on the performance standards adopted by the Florida Department of Education. the FLKRS Assessment is administered to all public school kindergarten students within the first 30 days of each school year. The FLKRS assessment is the Star Early Literacy®, which is an online, adaptive instrument that students complete independently in approximately 15-20 minutes.

Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR): Provides general estimate of students’ reading ability/monitors students’ progress toward meeting grade-level skills in reading.

District Assessments

STAR 360 assessments are designed to help teachers assess students quickly, accurately and efficiently. STAR provides teachers and administrators with reliable and valid data instantly so they can target content, provide students with appropriate instructional materials, monitor progress, and intervene with at-risk students.

Administrators use real-time data from STAR to make decisions about curriculum, assessment, and instruction at the classroom, school, and district levels. Three STAR Enterprise assessments measure student achievement in four areas:

  • STAR Early Literacy Enterprise assesses early literacy and early numeracy skills (grades K-1)
  • STAR Reading Enterprise assesses reading skills (grades 1-12)
  • STAR Math Enterprise assesses math skills (grades K-12)

Learn more about STAR360 Assessments

College entry Exams

PSAT / NMSQT or PSAT10 by the CollegeBoard

The PSAT NMSQT is offered in the fall and the PSAT 10 is offered in the spring. The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 focus on the skills and knowledge of what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. Both tests are SAT practice tests. Only taking the PSAT NMSQT during your junior year can qualify you for the National Merit competition. The PSAT 10 is designed for sophomores, and PSAT NMSQT is designed for juniors, so the PSAT NMSQT is slightly harder.

SAT by the CollegeBoard

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

ACT

The ACT is an admissions test, measuring what students learn in high school to determine academic readiness for college.