A school system’s stunning standardized test schedule for 2014-15


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Classes for the 2014-15 year began for students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest district in the country, on Monday, Aug. 18.  And so did student standardized testing.

Yes, it’s time not only for class but also for a new slew of standardized tests in Miami and everywhere else in the country — and this year, more  of these exams are expected to be given to students than ever so that kids be assessed and so can their teachers, and their principals, and their schools and their districts.

Thanks to then Gov. Jeb Bush well over a decade ago, the state of Florida has been a national leader in the use of high-stakes standardized tests in public schools. And this year, thanks to a requirement for end-of-course exams for every subject — including music and physical ed and dance — in every grade (including kindergarten)  so that the results can be used to evaluate teachers, the school year calendar is jam-packed with tests.

Here is the published testing schedule by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. If your system has a testing calendar that boggles the mind, send it to me or publish it in the comments:

 

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2014-2015 TESTING CALENDAR, GRADES PreK-12

Tentative: August 12, 2014

The calendar will be updated periodically as additional information is obtained about the District, state, national, and international tests administered to the students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
DATE
DESCRIPTION
ABBREVIATION
PARTICIPANTS
MANDATE
July 14 – 25 Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments
   Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, and US History CBT*
NGSSS EOC Grades 9-12,
eligible students
Federal and State
July 30 – 31 Alternative Assessment for Grade 3 Promotion AAGTP Grade 3,
retained only
State
August 18 – September 5 Interim Assessment Tests: Baseline
  Science
IA Grades 5 and 8 State and District
August 18 –
September 30
Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener
    (Work Sampling System and
    (Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading)
FLKRS
   (WSS and
   FAIR)
Kindergarten State
August 25 –
November 7
Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading Assessment
Period 1 (AP1)
FAIR-FS Grades K-3, all students; Grades 4-10, Levels 1 & 2; Grades 11-12, Retake** State and
District
September/October Preliminary ACT Test ACT PLAN Grade 10,
Optional
Nationally Offered
September 2 – 30 Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Assessment
Period 1 (AP1)
VPK Prekindergarten State
September 15 – 26 Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments
    Algebra 1 , Biology 1, Civics, Geometry , and US History
    CBT*
   
NGSSS EOC Grades 6-12, eligible students Federal and State
October 1 – 31 FITNESSGRAM Pretest FITNESSGRAM Grades 4-12, students enrolled in PE courses District
October 6 – 17 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
    Reading and Mathematics Retake CBT*
FCAT/FCAT 2.0
RETAKE
Grades 10+,11, 12,
eligible students
State
October 6 – 24 District ELA Writing Pre-Test DWT Grades 3-11 District
October 15 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test PSAT/NMSQT Grade 09,
Optional
Nationally Offered
Grade 10 State
Grade 11,
Optional
Nationally Offered
October 27 –
November 14
Interim Assessment Tests: Fall
    English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
    Geometry, Biology 1, United States History, and Civics
IA Grades 3-12 State and
District
November 12 – 13 Grade 3 Mid-Year Promotion GTMYP Grade 3, eligible,
retained students
State
December 1 – 5 Florida Competency Examination on Personal Fitness FCEPF Grades 10-12, Optional State
December 1 – 19

Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments
    Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, Geometry, and US History CBT*

NGSSS EOC Grades 6-12,
eligible students
Federal and State
Florida Stanards Assessments
   English Language Arts – Writing Component Field Test CBT*
FSA Grades 4-11, selected schools
January 5 –
March 19
Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading
Assessment Period 2 (AP2)
FAIR-FS Grades K-3, all students; Grades 4-10, Levels 1 & 2; Grades 11-12, Retake** State
January 6 –
February 4
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Assessment
Period 2 (AP2)
VPK Prekindergarten State
January 12 – 23 District ELA Writing Post-Test DWT Grades 3-11 District
January 20 – May 8 Grade 3 Reading Student Portfolio GTRSP Grade 3 State
January 26 –
February 13
Interim Assessment Tests: Winter
    English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
      Geometry, Biology 1, United States History, and Civics
IA Grades 3-12 State and
District
January 26 –
March 6
National Assessment of Educational Progress
   Reading, Mathematics, and Science
NAEP Grades 4, 8, 12, Selected schools Federal
February Florida’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test PERT Grade 11,
eligible students
State
March 2 – 13 Florida Standards Assessments
   English Language Arts – Writing Component
FSA Grade 4; and Grades 5-11 CBT* Federal and State
March 2 –
April 3
Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment CELLA Grades K-12,
all current ELLs and eligible former ELLs
Federal and State
March 2 –
April 7
Florida Alternate Assessment FAA Grades 3-11*** State
March 16 – April 2 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
    Reading and Mathematics Retakes CBT*
FCAT/FCAT 2.0
RETAKE
Grades 10+, 11, 12
eligible students
State
Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments
   Algebra 1 Retake CBT*
NGSSS EOC RETAKE Grades 7-12, eligible students Federal and State
March 16 – April 10 Florida Standards Assessments
English Language Arts and Mathematics
FSA Grades 3 and 4 Federal and State
March 30 – May 29 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study TIMMS Grades 4, 8, 12 Selected schools Federal
April 1 – 30 FITNESSGRAM Pretest FITNESSGRAM Grades 4-12, students enrolled in PE courses District
April 13 – 17 Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition
    Reading and Mathematics
SAT-10 Grades K-2 District
April 13 – May 8 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0
    Science
FCAT 2.0 Grades 5 and 8 Federal and State
Florida Standards Assessments
English Language Arts
CBT*
FSA Grades 5-11
Mathematics CBT* Grades 5-8
April 13 – May 29 Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading Assessment Period 3 (AP3)
   
FAIR-FS Grades K-3, all students; Grades 4-10, Levels 1 & 2; Grades 11-12, Retake** State
April 20 – May 15 Forida Standards Assessments: End-of-Course Assessments
   Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 CBT*
FSA EOC Grades 6-12,
eligible students
Federal and State
April 20 – May 22   

Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments
   Biology 1, Civics, and US History

NGSSS EOC

Grades 6-12,
eligible students


 

Federal and State
April 21 – May 18 Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Assessment
Period 3 (AP3)
VPK Prekindergarten State
April 27 – June 12 Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education Examinations AICE Grades 10-12, enrolled, registered students only Internationally Offered
May 1 – 5 Florida Competency Examination on Personal Fitness FCEPF Grades 10-12, Optional State
May 4 – 15 Advanced Placement Exams AP Grades 8-12,
enrolled, registered students only
Nationally Offered
May 4 – 26 International Baccalaureate External Written Examinations IB            Grades 11-12,
enrolled, registered students only
Internationally Offered
May 5 AP SEMINAR AP Grades 10-11, Selected schools,
enrolled, registered students only
Nationally Offered
May 11 – June 5 District-Designated End-of-Course Assessment DDEOC Grades K-12 State
May 26 – June 3 Alternative Standardized Reading Assessment ASRA Grade 3,
eligible students
State
TESTS GIVEN ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS
DESCRIPTION
ABBREVIATION
PARTICIPANTS
MANDATE
Florida Post Secondary Education Readiness Test
    Dual Enrollment Placement, College Placement Testing, Post Remediation,
Comparative Scores for Algebra 1 EOC
PERT Grades 10-12 State
Aprenda La Prueba de los Logros en Español Segunda Edición
    Placement decision for Gifted Program, Spanish-speaking ELLs
APRENDA Grades K-12, eligible ELLs State
The Iowa Tests (Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development)
    Placement decision for Gifted Program
ITBS/
ITED
Grades K-12, eligible students Federal and State
Exit ESOL Program (six semesters or more) Grades 2-12, eligible students, Charter Schools only
ACCEL Option Selected students
Miami-Dade County Oral Language Proficiency Scale Revised
Placement decisions for ESOL
    Exit ESOL Program-Second Instrument Needed
M-DOLPS-R Grade K,
eligible students
Federal and State
On-line Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment
    Placement decisions for ESOL
    Extension of services for ESOL Program
On-line CELLA Grade 1-12,
eligible students
Federal and State

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
NATIONALLY OFFERED FOR INTERESTED, REGISTERED STUDENTS

 Anticipated SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates*

ACT Test Dates

October 11, 2014 March 14, 2015 (SAT Only) September 13, 2014 April 18, 2015
November 8,  2014 May 2, 2015 October 25, 2014 June 13, 2015
December 6,  2014 June 6, 2015 December 13, 2014
January 24, 2015 February 7, 2015

*SAT Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.

Notes:

*Designates computer-based testing.
**The following students in all schools must participate in FAIR as follows:
– Grades K-3, all students;
– Grades 4-10, Levels 1 and 2;
– Grades 11-12, Retake eligible**
***Only includes ESE students exempted from standardized testing at these grade levels.

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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