Essential - SY21 BAK State Assessments Info & FAQ

Final -Bak State Assessment Essential Information and Updates 4.2.21 (update on 4.5 in red).pdf

UPDATE: While the students are taking the FSA Writing on 4.13.21, the students not on campus testing, will be assigned a practice FSA Writing Prompt by their ELA teacher. Students will complete and submit the completed writing assignment to their ELA teacher on April 13th before 3rd period begins. Non-Submission results in a zero. The ELA teachers are providing information to the students - students will begin this assignment at 8:20 am.


Dear Bak Parents/Guardians/Students/Faculty & Staff:

Thank you to all the parents of virtual students who completed the State Assessment Survey. We were able to gather the information needed to be prepared for the State Assessments that begin on April 13th. Even if a parent did not complete the survey, we are prepared to tests ALL students. The state has currently held tight to the regular assessment rules, policies, and procedures that were previously provided to you. If the District is informed of any changes, you will be notified. Please read below for some time sensitive and essential information. Reminders and information will be sent as we get closer to April 13th – FSA  Writing Day! Also look at the Frequently Asked Questions located on this site.  If you have additional questions that are not answered below or on the FAQ document, please reach out to sally.rozanski@palmbeachschools.org.

FSA Testing Dates (students must know what math test they are scheduled to take):
i.   April 13th – FSA Writing – Grades 6-8 (ALL students)
ii.  May 11th & 12th- FSA Reading Grades 6-8 (All students)
iii. May 18th – FSA Math (6th gr. reg., 6th gr. adv./accel., 7th gr. reg., 7th gr. adv./accel. & 8th gr. Pre-Algebra)
iv. May 19th- FSA Math (6th gr. reg., 6th gr. adv./accel., 7th gr. reg., 7th gr. adv./accel. & 8th gr. Pre-Algebra)
v.  May 20th - 8th Grade Science – ONLY 8th grade students
vi. May 25th & 26th – FSA EOC – Algebra I & Geometry (honors and regular)
vii. May 27th – Civics EOC - ONLY 7th grade students

Before the Day of the Test - Students MUST Know Their Testing Room/Location & Test Administrator’s Name (Teacher)
•    English/Language Arts and math teachers will tell all students their testing room/location beginning on April 5th. Students have the same location for all tests. Students should write down and memorize the testing room number and their Test Administrator’s name. This is very important! For students who are currently on campus or have been on the Bak campus in previous years, your teacher should be able to easily explain where your testing room is located – many of you will need no explanation. Grade 6 students who have never been on campus are reporting to the gym as soon as they arrive on campus so we can assist them in finding their testing location.

Day of the Test: April 13th Writing Day (Students must know and follow the directions below)
•    Do not come to testing if you are not feeling well (there will be make-up days scheduled at a later time).
•    Know your testing room/location and test administrator name.
•    Students must eat a good breakfast (free breakfast is available at school for all students). Students will eat lunch MUCH later than usual. If remaining on campus after testing, student should bring a lunch (student are eligible for a free lunch.
•    Arrive to school no later than 8:10 am (see below if parents are driving student to school). If eating breakfast on campus, student should arrive at 8:00 am so they have time to eat. Doors open for Car riders at 8:00 am.
•    6th grade students that want breakfast report to the café, then go to the gym. All 6th grade students report to gym.  We will direct 6th grade virtual students to their testing location.
•    7th grade students report to café if eating and remain in café - if they are not eating, then they report to courtyard. After 8:00 am, 7th grade students report directly to their testing location (if not getting breakfast).
•    8th grade students report to café if eating and remain in café - if they are not eating they report to the Main Stage. After 8:00 am, 8th grade students report directly to their testing location (if not getting breakfast).
•    Per State rules, students may not wear a SMART Watch or APPLE watch (it is also against School Board Policy).
•    Students must have a purse/backpack/ bag to put their cell phone in – Cell phones or other electronic devices may NOT BE in a student’s possession during the test (not even in a pocket)! This is an automatic test invalidation.

Students Arrive Time – Student Drop-Off Area
•    Parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance).
•    Students must arrive on campus no later than 8:15 am – Traffic will back up due to the increased number of students
•    Make sure that you continue to pull-up your vehicle and that your child is ready to exit the vehicle.

District Transportation for Virtual Students
•    Parents of virtual students who indicated that their child needed district transportation for testing days will be notified via email no later than Friday. If you have not received an email with your child’s transportation information (check your spam), please contact your child’s assistant principal via email.
•    District Transportation assignment is based on the address you have identified in SIS. Students may not choose to ride another bus, go to another bus stop, or ride Tri-Rail. If you do not want to use the assigned transportation, you may choose to drive your child to and pick-up your child from school.
Parents Who are Picking up their Child After Testing is Over on April 13th (students WILL NOT Eat Lunch at School)
•    Barring any late start time(s) due to transportation issues, parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance) to pick-up their child at 11:30 am (before lunch begins).
•    Pick-up times DO NOT apply to virtual students who receive extra time accommodations. The “extended time” virtual students will contact their parents when they are ready to be picked-up from school.

Schedule After Students Have Completed FSA Writing on April 13th
Brick and Mortar students will go to class for Period 3, Period 1, and Period 7. Virtual students who remain on campus will report to the Main Stage. Virtual students who leave school after testing (before lunch) must join their classes just like the brick and mortar students. Teachers and support personnel will provide five sessions of the State Mandated required instruction for mental and emotional health education to students on campus and at home using Suite360*.
•    PERIOD 3: 11:30 – 1:45 (4 lunches; note the times and change in order)
•    Lunch: Lunch for virtual students who are not leaving campus after testing. 11:30 – 12:00     
•    Lunch A: 12:05 – 12:35        Class time    11:30-12:03, 12:37-1:45
•    Lunch C: 12:40 – 1:05          Class time    11:30-12:38, 1:07–1:45
•    Lunch B: 1:10 – 1:40            Class time    11:30-1:08   
•    PERIOD 1:  1:48 – 2:28           
•    PERIOD 7:  2:30 – 3:10   
DISMISSAL BEGINS AT 3:10 PM

Students Who Miss Class Due to Testing
•    Students who miss class due to testing, including virtual students getting transported to and from school, will be coded as an “S” in SIS. The “S” is an excused absence,(school activity). Students make up work without penalty.
•    Virtual students who leave campus are expected to attend class once home or using their cell phone.

PLAN AHEAD: Testing Dates & Pick-up Times for Students Leaving Right After Testing
•    Barring any late start time(s) due to transportation issues, below are the pick-up times for those students leaving campus right after testing. Parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance) to pick-up their child. Pick-up times DO NOT apply to virtual students who receive extra time accommodations. The “extended time” virtual students will call parents when they are ready to be picked-up from school.
•    Parents will go to the Student Pick-up area at the designated times below.
a.    May 11th & 12th- Reading: Virtual student pick-up at 11:00 a.m. (before lunch begins)
b.    May 18th - 6th, 7th, & 8th Math (Session 1): Virtual student pick-up at 10:30 a.m. (before lunch begins)
c.    May 19th- 6th, 7th, & 8th Math (Sessions 1 & 2): Virtual student pick-up at 11:30 a.m. (before lunch begins)
d.    May 20th - 8th Grade Science: Virtual student pick-up at 1:00 p.m. (EXCEPTION - Lunch is in between sessions)
e.    May 25th & 26th - Algebra & Geometry : Virtual student pick-up at 12:00 p.m. (before lunch begins)
f.    May 27th - 7th Grade Civics: Virtual student pick-up is 12:00 p.m. (before lunch begins)

SY21 Notification of Testing Policies to Parents/Guardians and Students
Please read below for the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) rules, polices, and procedures for state-wide testing. Please yay special attention to the Electronic Devices Policy and the consequences for a violation of any of these policies.
1.    Leaving Campus—If students leave campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), they will not be allowed to return to that session. If a student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for the student to wait and be tested on a make-up day.
2.    Electronic Devices Policy—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they are turned off or students do not use them. This means that students may not have any electronic devices in their pockets or in their possession, rather it must be off and away and placed away from the testing student.  If a student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
•    Make sure that your child has a backpack, purse, or other type of carrier to place their electronic device(s) in during testing. All students must place their belongings in a designated location that is away from them during testing. Cell phones or other electronic devises may NOT BE in a student’s possession during the test (not even in a pocket)! This is an automatic test invalidation.
•    As a note, Apple and Smart watches should never be worn on campus since they are considered electronic devices and ALL electronic devises must be OFF and AWAY!
3.    Calculator Policy— Calculators may NOT be used for any session of the 6th Grade Math FSA. Please look below to see when a calculator may be used (and what type) for a state-wide assessment (subject area/sessions). When a calculator is permissible in math – an online calculator is available.
Math Assessments and Sessions when a calculator is permissible and permissible calculators:
•    Sessions 2 and 3 for all 7th grade Math FSA and 8th grade Math FSA – calculators must meet the specifications published by FDOE (see below). 
•    Session 2 for the FSA Algebra I EOC & the FSA Geometry EOC – calculators must meet the specifications published by FDOE (see below). 
•    The school will provide a four-function calculator for the 8th Grade State Science Assessment.
4.    Testing Rules Acknowledgment— Tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by clicking a checkbox beside the statement in the secure browser.
5.    Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states that because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, students may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites. Please make sure that students understand this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.
6.    Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Students’ tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

*Mandatory Mental and Emotional Health Education & Suite360
The Florida Department of Education requires annual mandatory instruction that includes mental and emotional health education, substance use and abuse health education, and child trafficking prevention education. The School District of Palm Beach County fully supports this instruction and looks forward to the implementation of these mandatory requirements that will greatly support the challenges our students face. Below please find the specifics to each requirement of State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.094124:

Mental and Emotional Health Education  (5 sessions - Teachers – Period 3, 1, and 7 - April 13, 2021)- Requires school districts to provide a minimum of five hours of annual instruction in grades 6-12 related to youth and mental health awareness and assistance, including suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse.
Prevention of Suicide (Counselor & Teacher in Social Studies classes- various dates )
Substance Use and Abuse Health Education (Teacher - Science classes – various dates)- Requires school districts to provide annual instruction in grades K-12 related to youth substance abuse use and abuse health education.
Child Trafficking Prevention Education (T- Science classes – various dates)- Requires school districts to provide annual instruction in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness.

After reviewing numerous products and venues, The School District of Palm Beach County selected a curriculum that was created by experts in the field of Mental Health (Suite360). Contributors to the curriculum included licensed mental health therapists, crisis counselors, certified substance abuse prevention specialists, trauma informed practitioners, experts in human trafficking, school counselors, special education experts, and educational researchers.

Esta carta es para informarles que el Departamento de Educación de la Florida requiere instrucción obligatoria anual que incluya educación para la salud mental y emocional, educación para la salud sobre el consumo y abuso de sustancias y educación para la prevención del tráfico de niños. El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Palm Beach apoya plenamente esta instrucción y espera con interés la implementación de estos requisitos obligatorios que apoyarán en gran medida los desafíos que enfrentan nuestros estudiantes.
A continuación encontrarán los detalles de cada requisito de la Regla 6A-1.094124 de la Junta Estatal de Educación:
Educación para la Salud Mental y Emocional Requiere que los distritos escolares proporcionen un mínimo de cinco horas de instrucción anual de 6.o a 12.o grado relacionada con la concientización y asistencia para los jóvenes sobre la salud mental, incluyendo la prevención del suicidio y los impactos del abuso de sustancias.
Educación para la Salud sobre el Consumo y Abuso de Sustancias Requiere que los distritos escolares proporcionen instrucción anual para la salud de K a 12.o grado relacionados con el consumo y el abuso de sustancias por parte de los jóvenes.
Educación para la Prevención del Tráfico de Niños Requiere que los distritos escolares proporcionen instrucción anual de K a 12.o grado relacionados con la prevención y concientización sobre el tráfico de niños. Después de revisar numerosos productos y lugares, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Palm Beach seleccionó un plan de estudios que fue creado por expertos en el campo de la Salud Mental. Entre los colaboradores del plan de estudios se encontraban terapeutas de salud mental con licencia, consejeros en caso de crisis, especialistas certificados en prevención del abuso de sustancias, profesionales informados sobre el trauma, expertos en tráfico humano, consejeros escolares, expertos en educación especial e investigadores en el área de educación. Para preguntas sobre la implementación del plan de estudios seleccionado o el periodo de tiempo comuníquense con el director de la escuela de su hijo(a).

Lèt sa a se pou enfòme w Depatman Edikasyon Florid egzije ansèyman anyèl obligatwa sa enkli edikasyon sante emosyonèl ak mantal, edikasyon nan sante sou izaj ak abi dwòg, ak edikasyon sou prevansyon kont trafik timoun.  Distri Lekòl Rejyon Palm Beach sipòte ansèyman sa a sanpousan epi li pa kapab tann pou egzekisyon kondisyon sa yo ki obligatwa ki pral sipòte tout defi elèv nou yo ap fè fas. Pi ba a genyen tout sa ki espesifik pou chak kondisyon State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.094124:
Edikasyon Sante Mantal ak Emosyonèl- Mande tout distri lekòl yo pou bay yon minimòm senk èdtan ansèyman anyèl nan 6-12 yèm ane ki gen rapò avèk konsyantizasyon jèn moun sou sante mantal ak èd, enkli prevansyon sou suisid ak enpak eksesif izaj dwòg genyen.
Edikasyon nan Sante sou Izaj ak Abi Dwòg - Mande distri lekòl yo ofri ansèyman anyèl nan klas K-12yèm ane ki gen rapò avèk edikasyon nan sante sou konsomasyon ak abize dwòg pami jèn moun.
Edikasyon sou Prevansyon Trafik Timoun- Mande distri lekòl yo ansèyman anyèl nan klas K-12yèm ane ki gen rapò avèk prevansyon ak konsyantizasyon sou Trafik timoun.
Apre revizyon plizyè pwodui ak opsyon, Distri Lekòl Rejyon Palm Beach te seleksyone yon kourikoulòm ekspè nan domèn Sante Mantal te kreye.  Nan moun ki te kontribye nan kourikoulòm nan te genyen terapis lisansye nan sante mantal, konseye pou kriz, espesyalis lisansye nan domèn prevansyon kont konsomasyon eksesif dwòg, espesyalis nan domèn twoma, ekspè trafik imen, konseye akademik, ekspè nan edikasyon espesyal, ak chèchè nan domèn edikatif. Pou tout kesyon konsènan kourikoulòm ki seleksyone oswa kwonoloji egzekisyon yo, tanpri kontakte direktè/tris lekòl pitit ou a.


PREVIOUSLY POSTED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ BELOW FOR SOME VERY IMPORTANT STATE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION (3.10.21) 

 Dear Bak Parents (and students):

 Unlike last school year, the Florida Department of Education has currently not provided any modifications to the typical state assessment requirements. Please read below for essential information. 

  1. All State Assessments MUST be taken on the school campus.
  2. There is no Opting-Out of State Assessments; However, if distance learners DO NOT return to campus for testing, then they will not be able to take or complete their State Assessment(s).
  3. ALL parents of Distance/Virtual Leaners MUST Complete the BAK: FSA/EOC/Science Assessment Survey no later than March 22nd (extended). Click on the link to access the survey: https://forms.gle/vVZu9ukCYeJcgYZL8
  4.  Students without FSA scores will have placement decisions based on other criteria and can apply for Choice Programs next year without FY21 scores.
  5. Students enrolled in an Algebra I course and/or Geometry course who DO NOT take the FSA EOC (end of course), will not receive a grade for the course. Instead, students will receive an “I” course grade until they take and receive a score on the required EOC (end of course). 
    • There will be make-up days at the student's public school he/she is attending for the 2021-22 school year - Fall, Winter, and Spring administration.
  6. Seventh grade students who do not take the Civics EOC will not receive a grade for the course. Instead, students will have an "I" course grade until they take and receive a score on the required EOC (end of course). 
    • There will be make-up days at the student's public school he/she is attending for the 2021-22 school year - Fall, Winter, and Spring administration.
  7. Thirty (30%) of a student’s final grade in Algebra I , Geometry, and/or Civics will be based on the student’s EOC score (converted to a letter grade). Therefore, students must take the required EOC to receive a grade for the course(s)!
  8. Students who do not test, but still need the Testing Graduation requirements will have to pass a later FSA or Concordant Test to meet these requirements.  This  pertains to Algebra I, which is a graduation requirement

There is no Opting-Out of State Assessments; However, if distance learners DO NOT return to campus for testing, then they will not be able to take or complete their State Assessment(s).

ALL parents of Distance/Virtual Leaners MUST Complete the BAK: FSA/EOC/Science Assessment Survey no later than March 22nd (extended). Click on the link to access the survey: https://forms.gle/vVZu9ukCYeJcgYZL8

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