Local students and faculty prepare for testing season

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While vacationers may be making their spring break plans, local students and faculty are preparing for testing season.

Florida State Standards Assessment, or FSA, testing begins this week for the English Language Arts writing component.

The writing component for fourth through seventh graders will be paper-based, whereas eighth through tenth graders will use computers.

"They've been practicing this all year long. This is not something that's going to be new, this is something their teachers have been embedding in the instruction that they do each and every day and for them just to relax and if they just come in and take it like any other day, that they're going to do well and they're going to succeed with it," Britt Smith, Principal of Jinks Middle School said.

Principal Smith also encourages students to get a good night's rest and eat breakfast the morning of testing.

As for his eighth graders, he wants to remind them to charge their Chromebooks the night before testing and, of course, bring their Chromebooks!

Bay District Schools officials said secondary schools could have an adjusted bell schedule during some testing days.

They recommend looking for specific information through your child's school.