Spring 2019 State Assessments

GCH ASSESSMENT CALENDAR

GCSHARKS
  • Assessment Overview

    Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. 

    Students in the following courses are subject to state assessment:

    • English Language Arts: English I and English II

    • Mathematics: Algebra I, and Geometry

    • Science: Biology

    • Social Studies: US History

     
     

    Assessments Explained
     

    ACT—American College Testing—College readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by the ACT, Inc.

    WIDA (Access for ELLs 2.0)—is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment. It is administered to Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). The assessment will allow educators, students, and families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

    AICE—Advanced International Certificate of Education— is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum offered to students in the higher levels of the secondary school intended to prepare them for an honors program during tertiary education. The curriculum is overseen by Cambridge International Examinations.

    AP—Advanced Placement—is a program created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. 

    FSAA—Florida Standards Alternate Assessment—The Florida Alternate Assessment is designed to provide an option for participation in the state’s accountability system in a way that is both meaningful and academically challenging for every student with a significant cognitive disability. The alternate assessment design for Florida is based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Access Points for students with significant cognitive disabilities in Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, and Science.  

    FSA—Florida Standards Assessment—Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met. 

    Florida End of Course Exam—EOC—The End-of-Course 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), social studies (U.S. History), and mathematics (Algebra 1 & Geometry). 

    PERT—Postsecondary Education Readiness Test—is a computer adaptive test which measures a student's level of preparedness for college-level courses. The test is currently being used by all Florida high schools and the 28 members of the Florida College System. The PERT is used at Gulf Coast High School for students wishing to earn an Algebra 1 EOC concordant score of 97 or higher.

    PSAT—Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test—is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. The scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

    SAT—Scholastic Assessment Test—The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT operated by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college.