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Florida Standards

posted Oct 14, 2014, 7:04 AM by Debbie Danler

Dear Plato Academy Families,

 

Plato Academy Schools & Superior Schools administrators and staff are committed to the academic success of each student and we value the important role you play as our partners in the education of your child.  As we have shared with you in the past, Florida’s standards and assessments have changed as of this school year and we want to share key information that will be invaluable to you and your child(ren).

Please note that the new Florida Standards now guide our instruction and clearly state what students will be assessed on at the end of the year. Based on feedback from educators and parents, the Florida Department of Education made some necessary revisions to the Common Core Standards and renamed them Florida Standards. You may visit the following site http://www.fldoe.org/bii/curriculum/sss/   to review the standards for each grade level throughout the year, what your child should’ve mastered the previous school year and what the next grade’s standards will be.

The Florida Standards will better prepare our students for life after high school. The higher level thinking skills, writing skills, and other skills attached to these new standards will be beneficial to all students.

This does not mean that students will not be resistant to the difficulty and changes associated with the new Florida Standards. Students entering upper elementary grades or above in 2014-2015 will have a harder time adjusting to the new Standards than those entering Pre-K and Kindergarten. It will probably take some time before we can realistically see the true impact of the new Florida Standards on our students. Students and parents need to understand that school will be more difficult as a result of the new Florida Standards. It will require more time outside of school and a focused approach in school. For older students, this is going to be a difficult transition, but it will still be beneficial. In the long run, we at Plato Academy believe our dedication to academics will pay off.

In addition, our students will no longer take the FCAT, but will be administered a new exam called Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). Below are links that provide descriptions of test items and sample training tests along with more information for you.

Test item specifications define the content and format of the assessment and test items for each grade level and subject. The following link contains specific examples of what students will be expected to do on FSA for both Math and ELA (English and Language Arts).

 

http://www.fsassessments.org/resources/?section=1-students-and-parents-general

 

Want a preview of what the FSA will look like? Take a training test here:

http://www.fsassessments.org/training-tests

 

For more info general information you may go here:

http://www.fsassessments.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Florida-Family-Brochure-v6-2.pdf

 

Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this information.

 



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