"Beginning with the 2022–23 school year, Florida’s statewide, standardized assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will be aligned with the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.). The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST), which includes VPK through grade 10 Reading and VPK through grade 8 Mathematics assessments, will be administered as a progress monitoring assessment, which students will participate in three times per year. B.E.S.T. assessments that are not part of the FAST progress monitoring program include grades 4–10 Writing and end-of-course (EOC) assessments in Algebra 1 and Geometry." - Florida Department of Education.
F.A.S.T Progress Monitoring
- Please see the links below for information about Florida's new F.A.S.T. Progress Monitoring Assessments.
F.A.S.T. will test the following subjects:
- ELA Grades VPK - 10
- Math Grades VPK - 8
VPK-2nd Grade Progress Monitoring
- F.A.S.T. VPK-2 will utilize Renaissance Star Assessments for all three progress monitoring sessions.
Students & Teachers will log in through myPortal.
F.A.S.T. 3-10 for ELA & Math will be assessed through Cambium. It is the same testing portal utilized for computer-based FSAs and EOCs. Testing will look very similar from the admin, teacher, & student levels, but will now occur three times a year.
Florida Family Portal
- Starting in mid-October, you can utilize the Florida Family Portal to access your student's scores from FSA, EOC, and FAST assessments.
First, log in to the Focus Parent Portal
- Then, click on Florida Statewide Assessment Link (see example below-icon is on the right side of screen next to each student.)
Common Questions & Answers
- Will students still take EOCs (End-of-Course Exams)?
- Yes. Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Civics, Biology 1, & US History will still sit for an End-of-Course (EOC) exam in May. These subjects are not part of FAST Progress Monitoring.
- When do students take the FAST Progress Monitoring assessments?
- There are three progress monitoring windows, called PM1, PM2, and PM3. Please scroll up to see the FAST testing windows.
- Will there be paper-based options for students to participate in FAST Progress Monitoring?
- For the first two progress monitoring assessments (PM1 & PM2), paper-based accommodations will NOT be offered. The Florida Department of Education has indicated that paper-based accommodations will be available for PM3.
- Will there be a writing assessment given, like the FSA Writing?
- Yes, but only select schools will be chosen to participate in BEST ELA Writing this year. The state considers this to be a 'field test.' Schools selected for participation in the BEST Writing Field Test should know by October.
- How is FAST Progress Monitoring different from previous FSA testing?
- FAST Progress Monitoring is now all computer-based, including for students in VPK through second grade. Previous FSA testing was paper-based for grades 3-6 and was not administered to grades VPK-2. Testing is also now computer-adaptive, meaning students will be given different levels of questions depending on whether the previous question was answered correctly or incorrectly.
- How will I find results for my student?
- Student results will be reported in the Florida Family Portal starting in mid-October.
- How long is each FAST Assessment?
- For PM1 & PM2, the length of each test is as follows:
- VPK-2: Up to 20-30 minutes per assessment
- Grades 3-10 ELA: Up to 90 minutes
- Grades 3-5 Math: Up to 80 minutes
- Grades 6-8 Math: Up to 100 minute