FAST and EOC Exams
Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) is set up as a progress monitoring model. FAST assessments are computer-adaptive tests taken on a computer. The questions get easier or more difficult depending on how the student responds, and each student will see different questions from a common item bank. Each progress monitoring test attempt (PM1, PM2, and PM3) will present items that will cover the entire test “blueprint,” meaning students will encounter items representative of the standards within the subject or grade level. Students in Algebra or Geometry do not take the FAST Math assessment.
Progress monitoring 2 (PM2) dates have been announced (see below).
- 6th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 11th
- 7th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 12th
- 8th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 14th
- 6th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 15th (with flipped bell schedule)
- 7th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 18th (with flipped bell schedule)
- 8th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 19th (with flipped bell schedule)
- Make up testing will be in January.
- 7thgrade students in Advanced Math will take the 8th grade Math FAST assessment for both PM2 and PM3 since this aligns best with the standards taught in the 7th grade advanced course.
- Students will be assessed on standards that will be covered over the entire curriculum and this progress monitoring tool will be used to guide teacher instruction so that students continue to make progress.
- Progress monitoring 3 will be in May.
- Questions will be based on current grade standards.
- This is the high-stakes test.
*Students enrolled in classes with an EOC will take the EOC but will not take FAST
*Students who are enrolled in 7th grade Accelerated Math will take 7th grade FAST in August, but then will take the 8th grade FAST in Dec as well as in May since this aligns best with the standards taught in this course.
Results will be available promptly
- Teachers will have results almost immediately.
- Families will be able to view results in 2 weeks. Directions on how to access the results can be found here: Access to Student Results
What about the writing test?
- The writing test is a stand-alone test that is given only once a year. It will not be part of the progress monitoring. Its score will no longer be a part of the reading score.
- Narrative writing will eventually be a writing mode that could be assessed; it will not be one of the possibilities this year.
- This year, writing will in April.
The FAST assessment fact sheet can be found here (2022-23 FAST Grades 3-10 ELA Reading and Grades 3-10 Mathematics Fact Sheet (FLDOE.org)
Families can view sample questions and the format of the assessment by signing in as a guest user here (Student: Login, Please Sign In (cambiumtds.com).
For more information on the test design, please visit the FLDOE’s B.E.S.T. Assessments web page.2