Florida law requires Sarasota County Schools (SCS) and all its students to participate in the statewide, standardized assessment program. Specifically, Section 1008.22(3), F.S. states: "Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools, including students seeking a standard high school diploma under s.1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law...". Sarasota County Schools will fully comply with Florida law.
The following information is provided on assessments in Sarasota County Schools.
National & International Assessment Resources
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) – Students in select courses
The Advanced International Certificate of Education is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum offered to students in the higher levels of secondary school intended to prepare them for an.
Advanced Placement (AP) – Students in select courses
Advanced Placement is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.
American College Testing (ACT) – Optional assessment
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Students in select courses
The IB uses several ways to assess student’s knowledge and understanding of subjects. Each subject is tested through a number of different elements, or components. Exams are taken at the end of a programme of study.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – Select years and schools
Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy. Each subject is assessed at grades 4, 8, and 12, although not all grades are assessed each time.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United States.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) – Select years and schools
International comparative assessment that measures student learning in reading
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) – Select years and schools
International assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years.
International Computer & Information Literacy Study (ICILS) – Select years and schools
International assessment of eighth-grade students' computer and information literacy skills
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) – Optional assessment
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) – Select years and schools
International assessment in mathematics and science at grades 4 and 8.
State Assessment Resources
ACCESS for ELLs
English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in the English language – Grades K-12
Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA)
Students with significant cognitive disabilities in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)
FSA-English Language Arts – Grades 3-10
FSA-Writing – Grades 4-10
FSA-Mathematics – Grade 3-8
Algebra 1 – Students enrolled in an associated course
Geometry – Students enrolled in an associated course
Florida Statewide Science Assessment (FSSA)
FSSA Science – Grades 5 and 8
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS)
Biology – Students enrolled in an associated course
U.S. History – Students enrolled in an associated course
Civics – Students enrolled in an associated course
Local Assessment Resources