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Attention, parents: Sample score reports unveiled for 2016 statewide assessments



State education officials are letting teachers and parents know what the new, redesigned score reports will look like for this year's Florida Standards Assessments, which students will take this spring.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart first discussed the new score reports with the State Board of Education in early January, and her department rolled them out officially Friday afternoon so parents will know what to expect when they get their children's scores.

There's also a new website to help teachers, parents and students understand the information presented on the score reports.

“Our goal is to ensure Floridians have access to an education system that prepares all students for future success," Stewart said in a statement. "The standardized statewide assessments and the corresponding score reports are critical to achieving that goal because they provide students, parents and educators insight into what students have learned."

"By knowing how well students grasped the information they are expected to know in each grade level, these individuals can work together to make adjustments that will lead to greater success in the future," Stewart said.

Score reports for all statewide standardized assessments are distributed to parents and students through their school districts.

The new design was prompted by lengthy discussions among state board members and Stewart over terminology -- such as "satisfactory" or "proficient" -- and concerns that words are used interchangeably instead of what they actually mean in relation to students' scores.

The Education Department highlighted these new features of the report:

-- Color-coded levels (1-5), so it is apparent which level the student achieved at first glance;

-- clear explanation of what each level means, including the difference between “satisfactory” and “proficient,” with additional detail about the level that the student achieved;

-- comparison of the student’s performance to other students in their school, district and the state;

-- and, references to specific DOE websites that offer resources parents and students can use to increase preparation for the next grade/course. 

Image credit: Florida Department of Education