Bureau of K-12 Assessment
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325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
About UsThe Bureau of K-12 Assessment is responsible for all aspects of Florida's K-12 statewide student assessment programs, including developing, administering, scoring, and reporting the results for the FCAT 2.0 program, as well as assisting with the administration and reporting of several other K-12 student assessment programs. Services are provided both by Florida Department of Education (FDOE) staff and through various contracts with assessment vendors. The primary goal of these assessments is to provide information about student learning in Florida, as required by Florida law (see Section 1008.22, Florida Statutes).
Florida's K-12 Statewide Assessment ProgramIn the 2010-2011 school year, the statewide assessment programs began transitioning to assessing student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards through the implementation of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) and Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments. To learn more about the individual K-12 assessments offered in Florida, visit the links below:
- FCAT 2.0: The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0, which measures student success with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, includes assessments in reading (grades 3-10), mathematics (grades 3-8), writing (grades 4, 8, and 10), and science (grades 5 and 8) in the 2013-2014 school year.
- FCAT: The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® measured student success with the Sunshine State Standards. Historically, the FCAT measured the Sunshine State Standards in reading and mathematics (grades 3-10), science (grades 5, 8, and 11), and writing (grades 4, 8, and 10).
- Florida EOC Assessments: The Florida End-of-Course Assessments are computer-based tests designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific middle- and high-school level courses, as outlined in their course descriptions. The Algebra 1 EOC Assessment was administered for the first time in spring 2011; the Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments were administered for the first time in spring 2012; the U.S. History EOC Assessment was administered for the first time in spring 2013; and the Civics EOC Assessment will be administered to seventh graders for the first time in 2014.
- National and International Criterion-Referenced Surveys (NAEP, PIRLS, PISA, and TIMSS): National and state assessments enable us to know how well students are doing in a variety of subjects at different ages and grade levels. International assessments allow us the unique opportunity to benchmark our students' performance to the performance of students in other countries. Florida participates in several national (NAEP) and international (PIRLS, PISA, TIMSS) criterion-referenced surveys.