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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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.







Reading Application

Literary Analysis-Fiction/Non-Fiction

Informational Text/Research Process

* context clues

* multiple meanings

* analyze words in text

* base words, affixes

* antonyms, synonyms


* main idea, details, conclusions, inferences, chronological order
* author's purpose, perspective
* cause & effect
* text structures, organizational patterns
* themes, topics

* compare & contrast

* character development, point of view, setting, plot development, problem/resolution
* descriptive language, figurative language
* text features

* locate, interpret, organize info and text features





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.

  • model multiplication and division including problems presented in context; repeated addition; multiplicative comparison; array; how many combinations; measurement; partitioning
  • solve multiplication and division fact problems by using strategies that result from applying number properties
  • identify, describe, and apply division and multiplication as inverse operations *Develop an understanding of fractions and fraction equivalence


  • represent fractions including fractions greater than one, using area, set, and linear models
  • describe how the size of the fractional part is related to the number of equal sized pieces in the whole
  • compare and order fractions including fractions greater than one, using models and strategies
  • use models to represent equivalent fractions including fractions greater than one, and identify representations of equivalence

*Describe and analyze properties of two-dimensional shapes.

  • Describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes using sides and angles - including acute, obtuse, and right angles - and connect these ideas to the definition of shapes
  • compose, decompose, and transform polygons to make other polygons including concave and convex polygons with three, four, five, six, eight, or ten sides
  • build, draw, and analyze two-dimensional shapes from several orientations in order to examine and apply congruence and symmetry

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.


It'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.