All About the FCAT


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Understanding the details of the FCAT from an elementary school perspective.

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  • Principals: When you prepare to use this power point with parents, explain that the State of Florida has transitioned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. As a result of this change, the FCAT has also been revised to match the new standards, and it is why it is now referred to as FCAT 2.0. These changes impact graduation requirements. It is never too early to be thinking about what lies ahead.
  • All About the FCAT

    1. 1. Thinking Ahead about High School Graduation (Elementary Perspective) Created by the Elementary Education Dept.
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>The requirements for high school graduation have changed. The change has impacted our elementary students requiring them to take the FCAT 2.0. To view the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, use the following website, . </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>As you may know, the Florida State Legislature passed a law that affects the promotion/ retention of students in third grade. </li></ul><ul><li>In April, your child will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>If your child scores a Level 2 or above on the Reading Sunshine State Standards portion of the FCAT, he or she is eligible to be promoted. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>If a student does not score at Level 2 or above on the third grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for reading, he or she is considered to have a substantial problem in reading and cannot be promoted to the fourth grade. However, FCAT is not the sole determiner for promotion. </li></ul><ul><li>If a child who scores a Level 1 on t he FCAT meets one of the following six “good cause” exemptions identified by the state, the child may be considered for promotion. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Students who demonstrate through a standardized student portfolio that they are reading at least at a Level 2 performance on FCAT. Every third grader in Pinellas County will have a portfolio. </li></ul><ul><li>The contents of the Pinellas County portfolio were chosen by a committee consisting of principals and supervisors with the guidance and input of third grade teachers from a variety of schools in the district. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>2. Limited English proficient students who have had less than 2 years of instruction in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>3. Students with disabilities whose Individual Education Plan (IEP) indicates that participation in the statewide assessment program is not appropriate (i.e., special diploma). </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>4. Students who score at or above the 51st percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test-10 (SAT-10). It will be administered in Summer Reading Camp or at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>5. Students with disabilities who participate in the FCAT and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan that indicates that the student has received intensive remediation in reading for more than 2 years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3. </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>6. Students who have received intensive remediation in reading for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency and who were previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 for a total of 2 years. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>The school principal will recommend any good cause exemptions, based on evaluative data, to the district superintendent who will accept or reject the recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    13. 13. Grade 3 Portfolio 2011-2012
    14. 14. <ul><li>There are 8 portfolio opportunities during the school year. In order to be promoted on the Portfolio Good Cause, students must earn 70% or higher on 5 of these 8 opportunities, (21 correct/30). Like last year, there will be opportunities for 2 additional checks in Summer Reading Camp or in August. </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Each test is 30 items. Each test should be administered over 2 days. The 2 days do not have to be consecutive, but should occur during the testing window. </li></ul><ul><li>Once students pass 5 tests, they do not take the subsequent tests. </li></ul>
    16. 17. Grade 5 Portfolio 2011-2012
    17. 18. <ul><li>Each fifth grade student who scored a Level 1 on FCAT reading must have a document sheet of portfolio items to be promoted to Grade 6. </li></ul>
    18. 20. If you have further questions, please contact the Elementary Education Department 727-588-6443.