Testing Task Force Update 2016-2017

The Testing Task Force reconvened in the summer of 2016. The following recommendations were sent forward to Dr. Joyner and approved for implementation during the 2016-2017 school year.

1) Length of Assessments

Elementary School

  • Resource exam time block reduced to 45-minutes

Middle School

  • Two exams per day maximum
  • Set 60-minute or 90-minute testing block as appropriate for each exam

High School

  • Four day exam schedule with early dismissal (fall and spring semester)
  • Two exams per day maximum
  • Set 60-minute or 90-minute testing block as appropriate for each exam

2) Midterms and Final Exam Weights

All middle and high school midterms and finals weigh 10%.

  • Courses with a district final exam, the midterm and final are 10% of the respective semester grade.
  • EOC courses, the midterm is 10% of the 2nd quarter. The EOC score is 30% of the final grade.
  • FSA courses, the midterm is 10% of the first semester grade. No final exam grade.
  • AICE, AP & IB courses, the midterm is 10% of the first semester grade. No final exam grade.
  • There is no midterm for a one semester course.

3) Proctor Updates

Rules for FSA, FCAT, and State EOC’s

  1. A proctor is required if the teacher of record is serving as the test administrator
  2. A proctor is required if there are 26 or more students in a test session, regardless of who is serving as the test administrator
  3. A proctor is not required if the test administrator is not the teacher of record AND there are 25 or fewer students in the test session

Rules for Discovery Ed K-3 and District Final Exams

  1. A proctor is required if the teacher of record is serving as the test administrator
  2. A proctor is required if there are 35 or more students in a test session, regardless of who is serving as the test administrator
  3. A proctor is not required if the test administrator is not the teacher of record AND there are 34 or fewer students in the test session

To increase availability of proctors, district staff will be encouraged to proctor one exam.
Consistent training materials have been developed to assist with consistency in our expectations for proctors.

4) Communication Plan

    • Posted assessment schedules for each school with specific test dates, not district windows
    • Consistency across the district with location and format of the testing schedule on each school website so that parents of children at multiple schools can easily find and navigate
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be posted on the district website to help parents troubleshoot unique testing situations or concerns