It's proven that increased parental involvement in a student's education results in increased student achievement.
The original FCAT test was based on Sunshine State standards. The new FCAT 2.0 is a more challenging test
Prior knowledge & experiences: i.e. in math, student learned basic shapes in Kindergarten, but in third grade s/he may be asked to find the perimeter of those shapes using properties learned in Kindergarten.
Vocabulary: In all content areas the students will need to use vocabulary such as compare, contrast, concept word that should be part of their daily activities. First, middle, last, increasing, decreasing, and adjectives that describe.
Inference: Water is boiling so it must be hot, the front of the book has a picture of the ocean..book must be about the ocean.
Compare/Contrast: Be able to identify things that are the same and different. For example between 2 passages or 2 geometric shapes.
End of Course exams are given at the end of each course, regardless of whether they are in middle or high school.
While the quantity stays relatively the same the difficulty increases.
In high school math and science credit courses, EOC exams will be given instead of FCAT.
Most of these tests over 1 hour in duration are given over a 2 day span.
You may see a topic repeated in more than one year… The subtopics are different and if a student misses a lot of school during a year they will miss a topic that is covered during that year and is not taught again and used as a building block for a higher skill.
These topics and their data can be obtained in the parent report and on school system data sources.
While these science skills are tested in grades 5 and 8 – the skills are taught beginning in kindergarten.
even if student stays at the same level , they may have made a lot of growth. Achievement Level Descriptions (ALDs) outline the specific student expectations at each grade and subject for each of the five Achievement Levels. ALDs available at http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/alds.asp
Most important score of the three for parents to look at because it shows growth. Look at the DSS scores between the previous and current year to determine growth.
Scale score will be reported on the parent report, but not as useful as the achievement level and developmental scale scores. Scale scores are developed first, then the DSS were developed to examine growth from one grade to the next.
Teachers DO NOT only use FCAT data when planning and evaluating students. It is just one piece of info
Varies by district
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