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Public input could help shape 2016 FSA testing


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - There's a new way to have your voice heard about the Florida Standard Assessment test and it may help shape next year's test.

The Florida Legislature will use online surveys filled out by parents along with input from teacher- and community-leader meetings to decide how to shape 2016 FSA testing.

The two groups recently recommended cutoff scores for next year's tests, projecting five levels of success for test takers.  

As parent Leslie Jonis gets her girls ready for school here in Jupiter, she's confident they're getting the job done in the classroom but hopes to have that same confidence in how the state shapes FSA testing.

"I’m happy there's a conversation. There needs to be a conversation, but I also want the teachers more involved," said Jonis.

Of the five recommended FSA groups, Level 1 is the lowest, demonstrating an inadequate level of success.

The number of testable students in Level 1 for English language arts scores would be between 20 percent and 28 percent.

For math, 22 percent to 29 percent would fall into Level 1.

Forty-four percent of testable students would fall into the Level 1 range for Algebra II.

Palm Beach County school board member Marcia Andrews is part of a panel recommending projected cutoff scores.

Andrews said, "When I looked at those scores, I was pleased to see a lot of children are learning but knew there are a lot that we're leaving behind."

Andrews wants to limit FSA scores for study purposes, not for holding a student back a grade.

She will be watching what the State Legislature does with recent FSA recommendations, and so will Jonis and her daughters.

Click here for a link to the form for public input on FSA cutoff scores. 

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