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What Is It
The FSA is the Florida Standards Assessment taken annually by students in grades 3-10 in the state of Florida with the purpose of measuring a student’s achievement of Florida’s education standards. There are three main examinations: English Language Arts (ELA) Reading, ELA Writing, and Mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Statewide Science Assessment. Table 1 below shows what exams each grade level will take and how the exams are administered.
The scores from these assessments are used in various ways. On a large scale, each school is given a grade from A-F based on how their students perform as a whole. This grade does not follow the students and is not used to evaluate them, but it does indirectly impact students due to its tole in determining funding and accounting for up to half of a teacher’s professional evaluation. Individually, the scores a student obtains are used to determine if they are at, above, or below grade level in a given subject. This will tell teachers if they need to give a student extra help in a certain area and play a role in applying to gifted programs like IB, AP, or AICE. Unfortunately, Florida law requires for grade 3 only that students pass their ELA Reading, or they will be retained and unable to progress to grade 4 until the following year.
How Prep Helps
It is highly recommended that students wishing to attend gifted programs take FSA prep classes. These classes not only review concepts that will be tested on the exam but also impart strategies students should use to determine the correct answer if they are unable to solve the problem outright. These strategies and skills have tremendous carryover value into a student’s daily Language Arts and math classes in addition to future assessments like the SAT/ACT.
Customization of Tutoring Courses
Since every student is unique, we tailor each tutoring class to the specific needs of each student. Some students may be advanced in Mathematics but below average in Reading. Others may struggle in spotting grammar errors while excelling in describing the relationship between illustrations and the story. Similarly, students may be great at Math except for one or two concepts which they need reviewing. In these cases, tutors would adjust the focus of each class to highlight those specific areas. Each student learns differently, so our tutors aspire to help each individual student by assessing their unique pathways for learning and modifying their instructing to create methods for their students to absorb the material that works best for them.
We also offer group classes for FSA Prep.