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History of the Statewide Assessment Program
The State of Florida has, for some years, been committed to perfecting a workable system of accountability for the public schools. The Florida Statewide Assessment Program, begun in 1971, has been an important element in this accountability effort. The program was designed to assess students' academic strengths and weaknesses, particularly in the basic skills.
The history Web page includes a chronology and legal history of the statewide assessment program. While the information provided in the chronology and legal history is necessarily brief and does not detail all aspects of the history of the program, this information reflects a great effort to maintain a historical record of the statewide assessment program.
This page also archives documents specific to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT). Archived FCAT publications are those of relative importance to the program. Archived press materials, dating back to 2004, are from FCAT score releases and contain various graphs tracking student performance across time.
Archived FCAT Publications
- 2010 FCAT Writing Anchor Sets
- 2009 FCAT Writing Anchor Sets
- 2008 FCAT Writing+ Anchor Sets
- Assessment & Accountability Briefing Book (PDF, 3MB) (2004)
- FCAT, FCAT 2.0, and EOC Assessments Test Design Summary (PDF, 75KB) (2010-11)
- FCAT Test Design Summary (PDF, 92KB) (2009)
- One Year of Florida's Assessment Committee Participants (PDF, 170KB) (2009-10)
- Reports on the 2006 Assessment
- Reports on the 2007 Assessment