In order to protect the health and safety of employees and students, those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19.  If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or in a district office.  The screeners are accessible on our Covid-19 Screeners page.  Additional information about COVID-19 can be found in the district’s Covid Daily Report , COVID protocols, and Learning From Home Resource guide.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a high school diploma, students must have credits (18 or 24), a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and earn specific testing requirements. The Florida Department of Education requires specific exams and scores. These exams are designed to showcase mastery of concepts learned throughout the school year and are required graduation requirements.

Testing Notifications: Printed rosters posted in hallways, personal invitations, informational parent letters, student emails, parent emails, and recorded messages are communcations methods to share important testing requirements. Please check parent and student email accounts often for required testing notifications.

Parent Letter for Spring 2022
Dear Falcon Parent/Guardian,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child will take a computer-based graduation requirement, 
if enrolled in any of the following courses:
FSA ELA Algebra EOC Geometry EOC Biology EOC US History EOC US Gov. EOC
April 4th or 5th
Writing: 120 min.
Two Days
90 min. each
Two Days
90 min. each
One Day
160 min
One Day
160 min
One Day
160 min.
May 3rd & 4th
Reading:Two Days
90 min. each
May 11th & 12th
May 5th & 6th
May 13th
May 10th
May 12th

For information regarding test session lengths and other information about the assessments, see the “Guides and Schedules” tab on the Students & Families page: https://fsassessments.org/families.html. If you (or your child) would like to review or explore the computer-based platform at home, practice tests and answer keys are available at https://fsassessments.org/families.html (Sign in as a Guest User).

Please review the following policies with your child before testing:
  • Electronic Devices—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 the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your child is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
  • Calculators—For the Algebra EOC assessment, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA 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 this statement in the secure browser.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they click the box to accept the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test items or prompts after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media.” Please make sure your child understands 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.
  • 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 Students’ tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your child leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
  • Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 Plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL) or recently exited ELL, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your child.

For more information about the FSA program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org. Thank you for supporting and encouraging your child to do his/her best during the administration of this test(s).

Mrs. Binder
dbinder@pasco.k12.fl.us
Testing Coordinator