All About FSA
All third graders are required to take the Florida Standards Assessment Test. They will be tested in the areas of reading and math. This is a criterion-referenced test. Testing takes place in the spring. BAFS (practice FSAs) take place in the fall/winter. Please visit the (www.flstandards.org) website for further information.
READING: This section of the FSA focuses on four areas: Words & Phrases in Context, Main Idea, Plot & Purpose, Comparisons & Cause/Effect, Reference & Research. There are an average of 500 words per reading passage. About 60% of the reading material will be literary text and about 40% will be informational text. There are approximately 50 multiple-choice questions on the test.
MATH: This section of the FSA will now cover three main content areas: Number Operations, Problems, Statistics (50% of the questions); Geometry & Measurement (30% of the questions); and Number fractions (20% of the questions). There are approximately 50 multiple-choice questions on the test.
*Develop an understanding of multiplication and division strategies for basic multiplication facts and related division facts.
*Describe and analyze properties of two-dimensional shapes.
TIMES TABLE TESTS: Third graders will be required to know the multiplication facts from 2 though 12. They will be quizzed every Friday. The quizzes are 30 problems that must be correctly completed in 3 minutes. Students who pass, move on to the next number. Students who do not pass will take the same quiz the following week. This is part of their math grade.
HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN THE MULTIPLICATION TABLESIt's not unusual for children to have trouble learning the multiplication facts. Fortunately, you can help if you're willing to work with your child every day. For the best results, keep drill sessions short, review learned facts frequently, and don't teach a new set of facts until your child has completely memorized the previous set.