Electronic Devices -Students may not have ANY electronic devices during testing, including, but not limited to, cell phones and smart phones, even if they are turned off. We encourage students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
Academic Honesty -Your student will be asked to sign a pledge prior to testing that states I agree that I will not give or receive unauthorized help during this test. I understand that giving or receiving such help during the test is cheating and will result in the invalidation of my test results. If any student is caught cheating during the assessment, his or her test will not be scored.
Leaving Campus -If your student leaves campus before completing the test (for lunch, an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test.
After each FCAT administration, the Florida Department of Education evaluates assessment policies and procedures and implements changes when necessary. Parent awareness and support is a crucial part of the assessment process, and we would like to inform you of an important change that will be in effect during future FCAT administrations, beginning with the Fall 2007 Retake administration.
Students have not historically been permitted to have electronic devices in their possession during testing. However, there has previously been some flexibility regarding the policy, which stated that violation may result in test invalidation. Due to concerns based on recent security violations involving camera phones, the policy has been revised to state that violation will result in test invalidation. If your child is found with an electronic device that reproduces, transmits, calculates, or records (e.g., a cell phone, camera, or pager) in his or her pocket, at his or her desk, or within his or her reach during testing, the test will be invalidated.
It is not our intention to restrict student privileges or alter existing district policies but to work within the framework of existing laws to maintain the security of the FCAT.
When addressing the issue of cell phones, it should be noted that while Section 1006.07(2), Florida Statues, states that "a student may possess wireless communication devices while on school property or at school functions," it also states that "the regulation of when and how such devices may be used during such times may still be determined by the district school board."
As always, it is our goal to keep you well informed as to how you can best support your students to maximize their performance on the FCAT. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school's guidance office.