Putting Education Reform To The Test

Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement

The new test has a new look.

Florida Standards Assessments / www.fsassessments.org

The new test has a new look.

The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year.

The tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core-based Florida Standards, are available at the Florida Standards Assessments website.  Some questions are similar to what students might have seen on the FCAT—asking test-takers to identify main ideas in a text or figure out a percentage in a word problem.

And as promised, there are some new tasks in the design of the test, too. Like a prompt that asks students to drag and drop images as an answer to a question about a reading passage:

To answer this reading comprehension question, students must drag and drop pictures.

Florida Standards Assessments / www.fsassessments.org

To answer this reading comprehension question, students must drag and drop pictures.

There’s also a listening comprehension example that asks students questions based on a story they’ve heard played on the website.

According to the site:

“The purpose of the training tests is to enable users to become familiar with the functionality and item types that students will encounter in AIR’s Test Delivery System”

AIR—the American Institutes for Research—was chosen to design the FCAT replacement this spring after Florida pulled out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a Common-Core-aligned test developed by a multi-state consortia.

There are no practice tests available yet for students with disabilities. According to the website, those will be available in the fall.


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