Objectives:• What is FCAT 2.0?• Who takes the test?• When is the test?• How is the test designed?• Helpful Resources
What is FCAT 2.0?• The FCAT 2.0 is a test that measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) in reading, mathematics, and science.• More information about NGSSS go to www.floridastandards.org• Benchmark Example:Benchmark: MA.3.A.6.1Represent, compute, estimate, and solve problems usingnumbers through hundred thousands.
Who is tested?• All public school students in Florida , including English language learner (ELL) and exceptional student education (ESE) students, enrolled in grades 3-5 participate in the FCAT 2.0 administration. Administration accommodations are provided to eligible ELL and ESE students.
Who is tested?• Grade 3: reading and math• Grade 4: reading, math, and writing• Grade 5: reading, math, and science
When is the FCAT 2.0?• FCAT 2.0 Writing – Grade 4 –February 26- February 28, 2013• FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics (Grades 3-5 ) and Science (5th grade only) – April 15 – April 26, 2013
How is the FCAT 2.0 Reading designed?Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each category• FCAT 2.0 Reading Literary Analysis: Fiction & Informational & Research Grade Vocabulary Reading Application Nonfiction Process 3-550-55 Multiple Choice 15-25% 25-35% 25-35% 15-25% Time: 2- 70 minutesessions, tested over 2 days.
What reading benchmarks are tested?• The student reads text and determines main idea or essential message, identifiesrelevant supporting details and facts and arranges events in chronological order•The student recognizes cause-and-effect relationships in literary texts(e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama•The student understands the development of plot and how conflicts are resolved in astory•The students knows the similarities and differences among the characters, settings andevents presented in various texts•The student identifies the author’s purpose•The student uses simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary forreading including the use of prefixes, suffixes, root words, multiplemeanings, antonyms, synonyms, and word relationships.•The student recognizes the use of comparison and contrast in a text
How long are the passages?Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each category• FCAT 2.0 Reading Length of FCAT 2.0 Reading Passages Grade Number of Words per Passage Grade Range Average 3 100–700 500 4 100–900 500 5 200–1000 600
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How is the FCAT 2.0 Math designed?Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each category• FCAT 2.0 MathGRADE Category Percentage3 Number: Operations, Problems and 5050-55 questions Statistics 20Time: 2- 70 minute sessions, Number: Fractions 30 tested over 2 days. Geometry and Measurement4 Number: Operations and Problems 4550-55 questions Number: Base ten and Fractions 25Time: 2- 70 minute sessions, Geometry and Measurement 30 tested over 2 days.5 Number: Base ten and Fractions 5050-55 questions Expressions, Equations and Statistics 20Time: 2- 70 minute sessions, Geometry and Measurement 30 tested over 2 days.
What Math Benchmarks are tested?Number Sense, Concepts and Operations The student understands the relative size of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentsThe student understands that numbers can be represented in a variety ofequivalent forms using whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percentsThe student selects the appropriate operations to solve specific problemsinvolving addition, subtraction and multiplication of whole numbers, decimals andfractions and the division of whole numbersThe student uses and justifies different estimation strategies in a real-worldproblem situation
What Math Benchmarks are tested?MeasurementThe student solves real-world problems involvinglength, weight, perimeter, area, capacity, volume, time ,temperature andanglesGeometry and Spatial SenseThe student understands the concepts of spatialrelationships, symmetry, reflections, congruency and similarityThe student predicts, illustrates and verifies which figures could result froma flip, slide or turn of a given figureThe student identifies and plots positive ordered pairs (whole numbers) in arectangular coordinate system (graph)
What Math Benchmarks are tested?Algebraic ThinkingThe student generalizes a pattern, relation, or function to explain how a changein one quantity results in a change in another.The student represents a given problem situation using diagrams, modelsand symbolic expressions translated from verbal phrases or verbal phrasestranslated from symbolic expressionsThe student uses informal methods, such a physical models and graphs tosolve real-world problems involving equations and inequalitiesData Analysis The student solves problems by generating, collecting, organizing, displaying and analyzing data using histograms, bar graphs, circle graphs, line graphs, pictographs and charts
How is the FCAT 2.0 Science designed?Content Categories and approximate percentage of raw-score points for each category• FCAT 2.0 Science Nature of Earth and Space Grade Physical Science Life Science Science Science 560-66 Multiple Choice 17% 29% 29% 25% Time: 2-80 minute sessions
FCAT 2.0 Science skills•Engage in quantitative observation• Investigate thoughtful questions• Make logical predictions• Design and conduct experiments• Collect and organize data• Offers reasonable explanations• Explorer possible conclusions• Communicate their understanding and make well-reasoned, data- based decisions and communicate them effectively.
Sample FCAT 2.0 Science Question. • Sample Item 1 SC.5.N.1.1 • Delilah followed these steps of an investigation: • Collect five objects made of different types of metal. • Place them on a large laboratory table. • Touch each metal object with a magnet and lift slowly. • Record observations. • Which of the following statements is Delilah most likely testing? • A. All types of metal are attracted to magnets. • B. Each magnet can lift the metal object to the same height. • C. Larger magnets can pick up heavier metal objects than smaller magnets can. • D. Heavier metal objects are more attracted to magnets than lighter metal objects are.
How is the FCAT 2.0 Writing designed? FCAT 2.0 Writing- 60 minutesThe writing assessment is administered to students in 4th grade. It provides one prompt foreach grade to which students are expected to draft a response according to a specificpurpose (mode). The student response should integrate the writing elements offocus, organization, support, and conventions.Scale of 1.0 – 6.0 • Score of 4.0 is considered on grade-level
Example of Writing Prompts FCAT 2.0 Writing Narrative:What might happen if a famous person came to visit you? Think about what wouldhappened if a famous person came to visit you. Now write about the time a famousperson visited you. Expository:People like different kinds of weather. Think about the kind of weather you like .Now writeto explain the kind of weather you like.
How difficult are the questions?• Low :Low complexity items rely heavily on recall and recognition. More than 70% of students are likely to respond correctly.• Moderate: Moderate complexity items require more flexible thinking and may require basic reasoning or problem solving. Between 40- 70% of students are likely to respond correctly.• High: High complexity items are written to elicit analysis and abstract reasoning. Less than 40% of students are likely to respond correctly.
What can I do to help at home? - Communicate with your child’s teacher - Read daily for at least 30 minutes - Read a variety of materials - Allow students to write about what they read - Study math facts and math vocabulary - Create a comfortable quiet environment, for students to study - Conduct science experiments - Learn science vocabulary - Practice writing - Take a trip to the library - Practice concepts through real world connections Example: Grocery shopping-math skills, writing about their day, cooking-explores science and math skills