• Assessment Information for Grades 7 & 8

  • Students in grades 7 & 8 will participate in the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) in reading and math, three times per year. The first progress monitoring window (PM1) will occur within the first 30 days of school, the second (PM2) will occur in the middle of the school year, and the third (PM3) will occur at the end of the school year.  

    Specific dates and further testing information will be provided by your child's teacher and/or Mrs. Gee, the Brevard Virtual School testing coordinator. 

    FAST assessments may be completed remotely or on campus at the Clearlake Education Center in Cocoa for windows PM1 or PM2. 

    All FAST assessments for PM3 are required to be completed in person at the Clearlake Education Center in Cocoa or the student's area zoned school. 

    Students enrolled in Middle Grades Civics will take an End-of-Course exam which will count as 30% of the students overall course grade.  Failure to take the End-of-Course exam will result in a 0 grade being factored in as 30% of the student's overall course grade for Civics.

     

     

    Grade Level

    Assessment

    PM1

    PM2

    PM3

    Math Reference Sheet available

    Calculator Use Allowed

    7

    Reading

    90 minutes

    90 minutes

    120 minutes

    N/A

    N/A

    Math *

    100 minutes

    100 minutes

    120 minutes

    Yes; in test platform

    Yes; scientific provided

    Writing

    None

    None

    TBA

    N/A

    N/A

    Science

    None

    None

    None

    N/A

    N/A

    Middle Grades Civics End of Course Exam  

    None

    None

    80 minutes  

    N/A

    N/A

    8

    Reading

    90 minutes

    90 minutes

    120 minutes

    N/A

    N/A

    Math*

    100 minutes

    100 minutes

    120 minutes

    Yes; in test platform

    Yes; scientific provided

    Writing

    None

    None

    TBA

    N/A

    N/A

    Science*

    None

    None

    160 minutes

    Yes; hard copy provided

    Yes; four function provided

                  *Students enrolled in a high school math or science level course with an End-of-Course exam,              will take the high school EOC instead of their respective grade level math/science assessment.

    See End-of-Course Assessment information for further assessment details.


  • FL DOE Student Testing Policies:

     Please review the following state testing policies with your student before testing:

    • Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices 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.

    • Calculators—The student will be provided with a handheld calculator to use or they may use the online calculator provided on the testing platform for the duration of the Math test.

     

    • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment 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 clicking the box in the secure browser.

    • Discussing Test Content after TestingThe last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.

    • Working IndependentlyStudents are responsible for doing their own work 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. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have remarkably similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

    • Leaving Campus—If testing on campus and your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to 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.


  • For more information about the FAST and other Florida assessments, please visit the portal at FLFAST.org