This test prep season, prepare smarter not harder for FSA! In this post, I will unpack the 4th grade FSA English Language Arts (ELA) test specifications and analyze the 4th grade Florida standards. This will help both teachers and parents make sure their students are ready to take the state tests.
What Does FSA Cover in 4th Grade ELA?
- Key Ideas and Details – 15 – 25%
- Craft and Structure – 25 – 35%
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas – 20 – 30%
- Language and Editing – 15 – 25%
- Greek and Latin affixes and base words. I have searched for a list, and what I found suggested for 4th grade was: under-, over-, non-, pre-, bi-, tri-, quad-, oct-, -ion/tion/ation/sion, -ness, -ment, -ly, and -er/or
- Similes and metaphors
- Common idioms, adages, and proverbs
- Synonyms and antonyms
- Words and phrases that allude to mythological characters
- Relative pronouns and relative adverbs
- Progressive verb tense
- Modal auxiliaries
- Placing adjectives in the correct order
- Prepositional phrases
- Recognize and correct fragments and run-on sentences
- Frequently confused words (homophones)
- Commas and quotation marks for direct speech and quotations from a text
- Commas before coordinating conjunctions in compound sentences
- Answer comprehension questions that may or may not include inferences.
- Determine the theme.
- Determine the main idea and supporting details.
- Summarize a story or text.
- Use details to describe a character, setting, or events.
- Use details to explain an event, procedure, idea, or concept.
- Compare the structural elements of a poem and a drama.
- Describe the structure of a text or part of a text (chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution).
- Compare the points of view in two or more texts (first and third person).
- Compare and/or contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event or topic in two or more texts, including differences in focus and information.
- Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation.
- Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how they contribute to understanding the text.
- Explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support points in a nonfiction text.
- Compare and contrast similar themes, topics, and patterns of events from 2 or more texts from different cultures. The texts should focus on similar themes or topics.
- Synthesize information from two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
- Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or presented in diverse formats.
- Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides as support for particular points on a nonfiction topic.
The state does have a few resources available for teachers and parents. On the website is a practice test in both paper-based and computer-based formats. Other than that, it is difficult to find test-specific practice resources. I do have a few resources available in my store.