• State Testing for Home Education and Private School Students

DCPS Home Education and Private School Students

  • Registration Information for State Assessments 2023-2024

     

    Please read through all of the following information carefully.

     

    Registration:

    • Students must be registered appropriately with the Duval County Public Schools Home Education Office or be enrolled in a Duval County private school.
    • If enrolled in Home Education, the grade on your registration form must match the grade in Focus.
    • Private school students and students on an Empowerment Scholarship should be registered for state testing by their private school. 
    • The registration form must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. by the deadlines indicated below in red.
    • Families will receive an email approximately two weeks prior to the testing window indicating where your child will test, along with the testing date and time. This email will be sent to the email address listed when registering.

     

     Testing Locations:

    • We provide two testing locations based on zip code: R.L. Brown Elementary and the Schultz Center. Students who live in the north and west part of Duval County will test at R.L. Brown Elementary. Students living in the south and east part of Duval County will test at the Schultz Center. At times, we schedule students at the Parent Resource Center.
      • R. L. Brown Elementary School, 1535 Milnor Street, Jacksonville, 32206
      • Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, 32207
      • Parent Resource Center, 4037 Boulevard Center Drive, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, 32207
    • We do not schedule Home Education, Private School, or Empowerment students for testing at zoned schools. 

     

    While at the Testing Location:

    • At check-in, each student must provide a student ID that includes his/her full name and a recent photograph. Acceptable forms of ID are passports, military IDs, school IDs, state issued IDs, or a completed Assessment Services Student Identification form. Please click here for the Assessment Services Student Identification form. The Assessment Services Student Identification form will also be attached to the State Testing Information email you will receive two weeks before the start of the testing window. This email will include your exact testing date, time and location.    
    • Students must adhere to the DCPS dress code while at the testing site.
    • Handheld calculators are not permitted, except for students who have this accommodation on their IEP or 504 Plan. Students taking assessments that allow a calculator will use the online calculator provided within the testing platform. 
    • All electronics must be turned off prior to testing or the student's test may be invalidated. Students are not allowed to have cell phones, smartwatches, or any other device that can access the internet on their person while testing. 

     

    Scores:

    • FAST Grades K-2 scores will populate in Focus 6-8 weeks after the testing window closes. 
    • FAST Reading Grades 3-10, FAST Mathematics Grades 3-8, B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 & Geometry EOCs, and FAST Grade 10 Reading Retake scores will be available in the Family Portal 24 hours after the student has tested and will populate in Focus 48 hours after the student has tested. 
    • B.E.S.T. Writing scores will populate in late June/early July. 
    • Biology/Civics/U.S. History EOCs, FSA Grade 10 Reading/Writing Retake and the FSA Algebra 1 EOC Retake scores are typically populated in Focus seven weeks after the testing window closes. 
    • Scores are not provided over the phone or via email from the Testing Office.
    • Home Education students who would like a printed copy of their Individual Score Report should contact the Home Education Office at (904) 390-2477 after scores are released to schedule a time to pick them up. 
    • Private school students’ Individual Score Reports will be mailed to the private school who registered the student. If you would like to pick up your score report rather than have it mailed to the private school, please contact Heather Naughton at naughtonh@duvalschools.org after testing. 

     

    Consent to Receive School Health Services Form:

    • All students testing on Duval County Public School campuses will need to have a completed Emergency Contact Information, Authorization for Release of Student from School and Consent to Receive School Health Services form on file in order to receive any care and/or treatment for illness, injury and/or emergency care. 
    • Please click here for the Concent to Recieve School Health Services form. This form will also be attached to the State Testing Information email you will receive two weeks before the start of the testing window. 
    • Please bring the completed consent form with you to check-in. A DCPS employee will collect it and keep it on file. Only one form is needed for each school year and will cover all testing windows within the school year. Families with multiple children testing will need to complete a form for each child.  Do not email any completed forms to the State Testing Office as it contains confidential information and will be deleted.
    • If you require this form in any language other than English, please contact Heather Naughton at naughtonh@duvalschools.org

     

    Please contact the Assessment Services office at (904) 348-7850, option 1, if you have any questions.

     

     

    Fall Assessments

    Fall assessments begin September 11, 2023.

    The deadline to submit the registration form is Friday, September 1, 2023.  

    Assessments available include:

    • B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)
    • B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Civics EOC (middle school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Civics EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Biology EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Biology EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • US History EOC (high school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long U.S. History EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • FAST PM Reading Grade 10 Retake
    • FSA Grade 10 Reading/Writing Retake (12th grade only)  
    • FSA Algebra 1 EOC Retake 

     

     

    Winter Assessments

    Winter assessments begin November 28, 2023.

    The deadline to submit the registration form is Tuesday, November 1, 2023.

    Assessments available include:

    • B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)
    • B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Civics EOC (middle school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Civics EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Biology EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Biology EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • US History EOC (high school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long U.S. History EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Florida Civic Literacy Exam (US Government students only)
    • FAST PM Reading Grade 10 Retake

     

     

    Early Spring Assessments

    Spring Retake assessments begin February 20, 2024.

    The deadline to submit the registration form is Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

    Assessments available include:

    • FSA Grade 10 Reading/Writing Retake (12th grade only)
    • FSA Algebra 1 EOC Retake 

     

     

    Spring Assessments

    The B.E.S.T. Writing Assessment is administered April 1-12, 2024. All other spring assessments begin May 1, 2024.

    The deadline to submit the registration form is Friday, March 1, 2024.

    Assessments available include:

    • Star Early Literacy (Grade K)
    • Star Reading (Grades 1 & 2)
    • Star Math (Grades K-2)
    • FAST PM Reading (Grades 3-10)
    • FAST PM Math (Grades 3-8)
    • B.E.S.T. Writing (Grades 4-10)
    • B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC 
    • B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC 
    • Civics EOC (middle school students only)
    • Biology EOC
    • US History EOC (high school students only)
    • Statewide Science Assessments (Grades 5 & 8)
    • Florida Civic Literacy Exam (US Government students only)
    • FAST PM Reading Gr. 10 Retake

     

     

    Summer Assessments

    Summer assessments begin July 15, 2024.

    The deadline to submit the registration form is Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

    Assessments available include:

    • B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Algebra 1 EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)
    • B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long B.E.S.T. Geometry EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Civics EOC (middle school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Civics EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • Biology EOC (Students currently enrolled in the year-long Biology EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.)  
    • US History EOC (high school students only) (Students currently enrolled in the year-long U.S. History EOC course for the 2023-2024 school year will test in May.) 
    • FAST PM Reading Grade 10 Retake

     

    Please click here to register for state assessments.