Florida's Assessment of Student Thinking
On September 14, 2021, Governor DeSantis announced that the state will file Legislation to eliminate the common-core based, end-of-year Florida Statewide Assessment and create the new Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.). By creating the F.A.S.T. plan, Florida is becoming the first state in the nation to fully implement progress monitoring instead of end-of-year standardized testing, and will fully eliminate Common Core.
By switching to the F.A.S.T. plan, Florida will restore the ability for parents and teachers to have impactful conversations about students’ growth by:
- Eliminating the Florida Statewide Assessment.
- Protecting Florida’s #1 in the nation accountability system, that has lifted Florida to the top 3 in the nation and has done more to protect low income families, African American and Hispanic students, and children with unique abilities.
- Utilizing progress monitoring to empower educators, parents, and most importantly students to a level never seen before.
- Becoming the 1st state in the nation to switch from end-of-the-year assessments to state standards-aligned progress monitoring for accountability.
- Reducing testing time, and minimizing the stress of testing to three much shorter “check-in” assessments in the Fall, Winter and Spring.
What FAST Does:
Understanding Florida's Assessment of Student Thinking