Donald fennoy Donald Fennoy, courtesy Palm Beach County School District

UPDATE: Palm Beach County School District Explains FSA Requirement, Order

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Donald Fennoy, courtesy Palm Beach County School District


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — As we reported earlier, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order from the Florida Department of Education, essentially nullifying the result of NOT taking the FSA — the Florida Standards Assessment — this year.

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy just issued the following advisory to parents, teachers and students in the school district:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an Emergency Order which will affect students who are taking the Florida State Assessments (FSA), End-of-Course (EOC) exams, and students who are in this year’s graduating class.

FLDOE Emergency Order 2021-EO-02 provides the following updates:

Florida Standardized Assessments (FSA) 

For graduating seniors, the District can waive the required State assessments for graduation, if the District determines on a case-by-case basis that the student’s high school record establishes that all other graduation requirements have been met. 

For the third grade FSA, students may still be promoted to the fourth grade regardless of their score on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment, provided that the student is performing at least at Level 2 through the good cause exemption process or other local assessments. Select students will be invited to participate in summer learning to further mitigate learning loss experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Should a child not meet the requirements for promotion to the next grade level, the school’s principal will review the student’s academic record, and with input from the parents or guardians, student, teacher, and school leaders, be given discretion to determine what is in the best interest of the child.

Parents, it’s important to note that this Executive Order does not waive the administration of State assessments. It only addresses the consequences, based on results for individual students. Students are still required to participate in all State assessments. 


For those students graduating this spring, assessments required for graduation will be waived, and the District will base graduation eligibility on the student’s high school record. 

State EOC exams 

For students in classes that include an End-of-Course exam (EOC), the School District will determine final course grades, and promotion, based on the student’s performance in the course. This authorization only applies to courses students successfully complete during the 2020-21 school year. 

The Emergency Order, as it relates to FSA and EOC, aligns with the District’s legislative platform. The District appealed to the State to refrain from tying results to school grade calculations or requiring school districts to use them for retention-related decisions, but rather, to be used as diagnostic indicators. 

“While I applaud today’s decision, I appeal to parents to adhere to State rules and have their children participate in these State-required assessments. They play an important role in helping school leaders identify students who need additional support and allow for educators to modify their instruction and delivery to meet the needs of each student,” said Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II.


Paul Saperstein


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