Florida Alternate Assessment (FAA)

All Florida students participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The Florida Alternate Assessment is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment (FSA, FCAT, FCAT 2.0 and End-of-Course Exams) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The Florida Alternate Assessment measures student academic performance on the Access Points (FS-AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Access Points reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity. Student performance is assessed at three levels of complexity. Students' achievement is reported through performance levels described as emergent, achieved and commended. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is expected that only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible under IDEA will participate in the Florida Alternate Assessment.


For more information about FAA, see the Florida Alternate Assessment website or see the Understanding the Florida Alternate Assessment and Your Child’s Scores (opens a new web browser)