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Spring 2020 Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Spring 2020 Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(updated 3/23/2020)

 

Advanced Placement

Will the May 2020 AP examination session be held?

  • Yes, however traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.

When will the examinations take place?

  • For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. 

Will the exam cover content for the entire school year?

  • The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March (refer to AP updates at apcentral.collegeboard.org).

How will the students access the AP examinations?

  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. 

What instructional support is available for teachers and students?

  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.

Is AP classroom still available for teachers?

  • Teachers who are providing remote instruction can continue to leverage AP Classroom. Within AP Classroom, free-response questions that were only available for in-classroom use due to security concerns will now be unlocked. Teachers will also be able to assign questions to students digitally.

 

 

International Baccalaureate

Will the May 2020 IB examination session be held?

  • The examination schedule planned for April 30-May 22, 2020 will no longer be held.

Will results be released for students to receive university credit?

  • Yes, depending on each student’s exam registration, they will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. The IB is relying on coursework completion to issue results. The IB has extended deadlines for coursework elements due to school closures.

When will the IB results be released?

  • The IB intends to release the results on July 5, 2020.

What instructional support is available for teachers?

  • Instructional support for IB will be communicated through the school coordinators and the IB website (ibo.org). IB Coordinators should contact support@ibo.org to notify them of school closures and to qualify their school for the extended deadlines for coursework elements.

 

 

Cambridge AICE

Will the May/June 2020 AICE examination series be held?

  • All exams, including AS/A Level, for the May/June Series have been cancelled.

Will results be released for students to receive university credit?

  • All students who were entered in the May/June Series will be receiving a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their coursework. More information on how this will be calculated should be released by March 26, 2020.

What instructional support is available for teachers and students?

  • Instructional support for AICE will be communicated through the school coordinators and the Cambridge website (cambridgeinternational.org). “Resource Plus” has recently been made available at no cost to support the lab science courses.

 

 

SAT

Which national SAT administrations have been canceled?

  • The May 2, 2020 SAT administration has been canceled. Students will receive a refund. Additional testing opportunities will be offered to replace lost test administrations.

Sarasota County seniors who need a concordant score for graduation were scheduled to take the Non-college reportable SAT on April 14, 2020. How will this be handled?

  • Information on school-based test administrations is forthcoming. However, if a graduating senior has not met the assessment exit criteria for the Algebra 1 EOC and/or Grade 10 FSA ELA, or earned a concordant score, these criteria will be waived.

 

 

ACT

Which national ACT administrations have been canceled?

  • The April 4, 2020 national test day has been rescheduled to June 13, 2020. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

Sarasota County seniors who need a concordant score for graduation took the Non-college reportable ACT on February 24, 2020. Will results be released as scheduled?

  • Yes, the results will be released as scheduled in April 2020. Sarasota High School did not follow the district’s calendar for ACT NCR testing.  They chose to test on March 24, 2020. This date has been rescheduled to April 21, 2020. ACT is working directly with SHS regarding the cancellation and rescheduling of the NCR test administration. However, if a graduating senior has not met the assessment exit criteria for the Algebra 1 EOC and/or Grade 10 FSA ELA, or earned a concordant score, these criteria will be waived.

 

 

State Testing

Has the ACCESS for ELLs test administration been completed?

  • For SCS, the window for the ACCESS for ELLs test ended March 11, 2020. All materials have been collected from the schools and were sent for scoring by March 13, 2020.

Has the Grade 10 FSA ELA and Algebra 1 EOC Retake test administration been completed?

  • Yes, for students who need these scores for graduation, the retakes were administered February 27-March 13, 2020. However, if a graduating senior has not met the assessment exit criteria for the Algebra 1 EOC and/or Grade 10 FSA ELA, or earned a concordant score, these criteria will be waived.

What is the status of FSAA Testing in Sarasota County Schools?

  • The window for elementary and middle school testing opened March 2020 and was not set to close until April 17, 2020. Most participating schools have their secure materials at their sites. These materials will be collected from the schools and returned to the vendor.
  • The window for high schools was not set to open until March 23, 2020. No materials have been delivered to the high schools.

What is the status of FSA/NGSSS Testing in Sarasota County Schools?

  • The window for Grade 3 Reading and Grades 4-10 Writing was not set to open until April 1, 2020. No materials have been delivered to the schools.