Updated - SY21 BAK State Assessments Info

Dear Bak Parents/Guardians/Students/Faculty & Staff:

The April 13th FSA Writing and make-ups were a great success! Our next FSA assessment is FSA ELA/Reading (all grade levels), which will be administered on May 11th (Session 1) and May 12th (Session 2). Teachers will remind students of their testing locations (it is the same as Writing). Please read below for updates and information that has already been shared.

IMPORTANT: 7th & 8th grade students must bring wired earbuds for the listening portion(s) for the FSA Reading Assessment. If a students does not have wired earbuds, please have them alert the Testing Administrator and earbuds will be provided.

Due the increased amount of students dropped off in the morning on testing days, the student drop-off will be opened at 7:30 am. Please make sure you leave in time to ensure you child is dropped off at school before 8:10 am. Testing started late April 13th due traffic, so we are opening up our parent line 30 minutes early!

Students Arrive Time: Student Drop-Off Area (NEW - Drop-Off opens at 7:30 am)
•    Parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance).
•    Students must arrive on campus no later than 8:10 am – Traffic will back up due to the increased number of students
•    Make sure that you continue to pull-up your vehicle and that your child is ready to exit the vehicle.

District Transportation for Virtual Students – You were provided your mode of transportation in April - Ride the same bus as you did for FSA Writing and/or what you were assigned by Transportation.

Day of the Test: May 11th and 12th FSA ELA-Reading Session I and Session 2
•    Do not come to testing if you are not feeling well (there will be make-up days scheduled at a later time).
•    Know your testing room/location and Test Administrator name.
•    Students must eat a good breakfast (free breakfast is available at school for all students). If remaining on campus after testing, student should bring a lunch (student are eligible for a free lunch).
•    If eating breakfast at Bak, students should arrive at 7:40 am so they have time to eat. Doors open for car riders at 7:30 am.
•    Virtual Students who arrive on campus before 8:00 am report to the Main Stage – arrival after 8:00 am, they go right to their testing locations. If they are eating breakfast on campus, they go to the café and remain in the cafeteria (café).
•      6th gr. students that want breakfast go to the café, then go to the gym. After 8:00 am, they go to their testing location.
•      7th grade students report to café if eating and remain in café - if they are not eating, then they report to Main Stage.
        After 8:00 am, 7th grade students report directly to their testing location (if not getting breakfast).
•    8 th grade students report to café if eating and remain in café - if they are not eating they report to the courtyard. After 8:00 am, 8th grade students report directly to their testing location (if not getting breakfast).
•    Per State rules, students may not wear a SMART Watch or APPLE watch (it is also against School Board Policy).
•    Students must have a purse/backpack/ bag to put their cell phone in – Cell phones or other electronic devices may NOT BE in a student’s possession during the test (not even in a pocket)! This is an automatic test invalidation.

Schedule Below: After Students Have Completed FSA ELA- Reading Sessions on May 11th (Even) and May 12th (Odd)
Brick & Mortar students will go to class after testing. Virtual students who remain on campus will report to the Main Stage after lunch. Virtual students who leave school after testing (before lunch) will join their classes when they get home.
•   PERIOD 4/3: 10:43 am – 1:00 pm (4 lunches; note the times and change in order)
•   Lunch: Virtual students who are not leaving campus after testing. 10:45 – 11:15 
•   Lunch A: 11:20 – 11:50    Class time    10:43-11:18, 11:52-1:00
•   Lunch C: 11:55 – 12:25    Class time    10:43-11:53, 12:27–1:00
•   Lunch B: 12:27 – 12:57    Class time    10:43-12:25
•   PERIOD 2/1: 1:04 – 1:44
•   PERIOD 6/5: 1:47 – 2:28
•   PERIOD 8/7: 2:30 – 3:10
DISMISSAL BEGINS AT 3:10 PM

Parents who are Picking up their Child After Testing is Over on May 11th and 12th (students WILL NOT Eat Lunch at School)
•    Barring any late start time(s) due to transportation issues, parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance) to pick-up their child at 10:40 am (before lunch begins).
•    Pick-up times DO NOT apply to virtual students who receive extra time accommodations. The “extended time” virtual students will contact their parents when they are ready to be picked-up from school.
Students Who Miss Class Due to Testing
•    Students who miss class due to testing, including virtual students getting transported to and from school, will be coded as an “S” in SIS. The “S” is an excused absence,(school activity). Students make up work without penalty.
•    Virtual students who leave campus are expected to attend class once home or using their cell phone.

Please look at the attachment for additional information. Coming soon - May 18th & 19th - FSA Math Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. 

FSA Reading 5.11 & 5.12 -Bak_State_Assessment_Essential_Information_and_Updates_.pdf


PLAN AHEAD: Testing Dates & Pick-up Times for Students Leaving Right After Testing
•    Barring any late start time(s) due to transportation issues, below are the pick-up times for those students leaving campus right after testing. Parents must use the Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Entrance located on North Shore Drive (do not use the Main Entrance) to pick-up their child. Pick-up times DO NOT apply to virtual students who receive extra time accommodations. The “extended time” virtual students will call parents when they are ready to be picked-up from school.
•    Parents will go to the Student Pick-up area at the designated times below.
a.    May 11th & 12th- Reading: Virtual student pick-up at 10:45 a.m. (before lunch begins)
b.    May 18th - 6th, 7th, & 8th Math (Session 1): Virtual student pick-up at 10:30 a.m. (before lunch begins)
c.    May 19th- 6th, 7th, & 8th Math (Sessions 2 & 3): Virtual student pick-up at 11:30 a.m. (before lunch begins)
d.    May 20th - 8th Grade Science: Virtual student pick-up at 1:00 p.m. (EXCEPTION - Lunch is in between sessions)
e.    May 25th & 26th - Algebra & Geometry : Virtual student pick-up at 12:00 p.m. (before lunch begins)
f.    May 27th - 7th Grade Civics: Virtual student pick-up is 12:00 p.m. (before lunch begins)

SY21 Notification of Testing Policies to Parents/Guardians and Students
Please read below for the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) rules, polices, and procedures for state-wide testing. Please yay special attention to the Electronic Devices Policy and the consequences for a violation of any of these policies.
1.    Leaving Campus—If students leave campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), they will not be allowed to return to that session. If a student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for the student to wait and be tested on a make-up day.
2.    Electronic Devices Policy—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they are turned off or students do not use them. This means that students may not have any electronic devices in their pockets or in their possession, rather it must be off and away and placed away from the testing student.  If a student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
•    Make sure that your child has a backpack, purse, or other type of carrier to place their electronic device(s) in during testing. All students must place their belongings in a designated location that is away from them during testing. Cell phones or other electronic devises may NOT BE in a student’s possession during the test (not even in a pocket)! This is an automatic test invalidation.
•    As a note, Apple and Smart watches should never be worn on campus since they are considered electronic devices and ALL electronic devises must be OFF and AWAY!
3.    Calculator Policy— Calculators may NOT be used for any session of the 6th Grade Math FSA. Please look below to see when a calculator may be used (and what type) for a state-wide assessment (subject area/sessions). When a calculator is permissible in math – an online calculator is available.
Math Assessments and Sessions when a calculator is permissible and permissible calculators:
•    Sessions 2 and 3 for all 7th grade Math FSA and 8th grade Math FSA – calculators must meet the specifications published by FDOE (see below). 
•    Session 2 for the FSA Algebra I EOC & the FSA Geometry EOC – calculators must meet the specifications published by FDOE (see below). 
•    The school will provide a four-function calculator for the 8th Grade State Science Assessment.
4.    Testing Rules Acknowledgment— Tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by clicking a checkbox beside the statement in the secure browser.
5.    Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states that because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, students may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites. Please make sure that students understand this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.
6.    Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Students’ tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

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