Writing Component of FSA ELA (March): If one of the criteria in the writing rubrics (rubrics posted on DOE website) is spelling, why does the notepad function allow students to check if a word is misspelled? Why does the tutorial included in the actual training test say students have access to a spellcheck? Are we testing a student’s ability to use a spellcheck or his/her knowledge of spelling?!
Writing Component of FSA ELA (March): When a student clicks on the tutorial for the Writing Section of the test (the "i" icon to the far right of the blue question number on the line above the actual prompt), the tutorial explains that students are allowed to use a spellcheck by clicking on an icon that is supposed to appear in the menu above the box students utilize to write their essays. In the actual Training Test, the spellcheck icon does not appear in the menu bar above the box. As I stated above, this ability to spellcheck seems illogical since students, per the rubric (DOE website), are being assessed on spelling. The lack of the spellcheck icon adds even further confusion.