FSA Spring 2015 Parent Guardian Notification Letter (PBT)

You may use the template below to notify parents/guardians of their student’s participation in Spring 2015 paper-based
FSA assessment administrations. Please customize this letter by modifying the red fields and place the letter on school or
district letterhead prior to sending. You may also use this language to post to your school or district website or distribute
to parents/guardians via email.
Dear Parent/Guardian,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the paper-based Florida Standards Assessments
(FSA) Grade [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] [ELA Writing/ELA Reading/Mathematics] test(s) on [administration
day(s)/date(s)]. If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the item types and response formats your student
will see on the FSA assessments, sample test questions and answer keys are available at
http://www.fsassessments.org/resources/?section=4-studentsa-paper-based.
The statewide assessment program is designed to provide parents, teachers, policy makers, and the general public with
information regarding how well students are learning Florida’s academic standards. According to section 1008.22(3),
Florida Statutes, “Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending
public schools, including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282 and students in
Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. If a student does not participate
in the assessment program, the school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the parent with information
regarding the implications of such nonparticipation.” If you wish to access this legislation, please go to
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=10001099/1008/Sections/1008.22.html.
For information regarding test session length for all Spring 2015 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at
www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Parents tab, select Student and Parent Resources, select the
Spring 2015 FSA ELA and Mathematics folder, and then select Spring 2015 Testing Times.
Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
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Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including but not limited to cell
phones and smartphones, at any time during testing OR during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they are turned
off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be
invalidated. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
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Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed on the
Writing planning sheet or in the student’s Reading or Mathematics test and answer book that reads, “I understand
the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior
to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing
rules by signing below the statement on their planning sheet or in their test and answer book.
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Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign
below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not reveal details about the passages or
items to anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online,
for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that
“discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to
blogs or social media websites.
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Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own during the test and for protecting their
answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated.
FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually
similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns
will be invalidated.
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Leaving Campus—If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an
appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete that test session. If your student does
not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please
remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact [School Contact] at [Contact Information].
For more information about the FSA assessment program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.
Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration.
Sincerely,
[Principal Name]