If your third grader is a struggling reader, you may be on pins and needles about the upcoming FSA (Florida State-wide Assessment) in the spring. Worrying about whether or not your child will pass the standardized test creates stress at home and in school. Assisting your child with weekly tutoring is one option. There’s also another that your local school may fail to share with you.
Here’s what you need to know:
Florida has a "new" policy that requires students to achieve a passing score on the Spring FSA to move on to the next grade. Failure to achieve the passing score means automatic retention - barring exceptions like an IEP that specifically prohibits standardized testing. For students who must take the exam, there’s a way around this requirement – but you must be proactive.
Request that your teacher start building a portfolio of work that may be used to overcome a poor FSA score. It’s important to start now! This exception has been in place for a couple of years, but is not commonly communicated to parents. For more information please refer this technical assistance paper from the Florida Department of Education.