What options do I have to evaluate my child at the end of the school year?

According to the Florida Department of Education website the evaluation must consist of one of the following:

  1. A Florida certified teacher chosen by the parent may evaluate the child’s progress based on a review of the portfolio and discussion with the student.
  2. The student may take any nationally-normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher.
  3. The student may take a state student assessment test at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district.
  4. The student maybe evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to section 490.003 (7) or (8), F.S.
  5. The student may be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.

What should I include in my student’s portfolio?

According to the Florida Department of Education website a portfolio consists of the student’s educational records. Statute defines a portfolio as:

A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used, and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks or creative materials used or developed by the student.