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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.

Assessment Chronology

Legal History

Archived FCAT Publications

Archived Press Materials