The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) validity study is due for delivery to the state Board of Education on September 1. Here's what we know and what we don't know about what happens next.
the study will address whether the FSA test questions were aligned adequately to the Florida State Standards.
the study will address how well the FSA tests were administered, using a computer-based online system.
the state will review the validity study and decide how to release and use the results of the tests.
the state will set "cut scores" based on the test results to distinguish five levels of student proficiency on each test(Level 1 through Level 5). Level 3 and above will count as proficient (or passing). Selected teachers from across the state are participating in this process this week.
the state will present the cut scores to a "reactor panel" of people who will comment on their fairness and rigor in mid-September.
We don't know:
if or when the state will release the FSA scores to schools and students.
if the state does release FSA scores, whether or when they will issue school grades for 2014-15.