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It's proven that increased parental involvement in a student's education results in increased student achievement.

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The original FCAT test was based on Sunshine State standards. The new FCAT 2.0 is a more challenging test

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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.

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End of Course exams are given at the end of each course, regardless of whether they are in middle or high school.

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While the quantity stays relatively the same the difficulty increases.

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In high school math and science credit courses, EOC exams will be given instead of FCAT.

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Most of these tests over 1 hour in duration are given over a 2 day span.

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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.

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These topics and their data can be obtained in the parent report and on school system data sources.

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While these science skills are tested in grades 5 and 8 – the skills are taught beginning in kindergarten.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Teachers DO NOT only use FCAT data when planning and evaluating students. It is just one piece of info

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Varies by district

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Introduce ourselves

As you all know one of the Title One requirements is to educate our families about assessment and achievement.

This presentation that we are doing today is pp that you can use with your families.

As we all know that more parental support and involvement that families have with their students and schools - results in increased student achievement.

We will model one way to use this information..

Feel free to adapt this presentation to meet the needs of your families.

(Another tool to help plan meaningful SLP – for your students.)

The FCAT was based on the Sunshine State standards, our old standards. The FCAT 2.0 is a more challenging test.

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. I

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.

(Note to providers: this slide can be made ino an entire presentation for parents. Go to the Item specifications on the FLDOE website to get more information. )

(SES providers will want to use data to determine what skills a student is missing that impact grade level understanding.)

Look at the DSS scores between the previous and current year to determine growth.

Scale scores are developed first, then the DSS were developed to examine growth from one grade to the next.

- 1. FCAT 2.0 Information for Parents and Families
- 2. Objectives We will answer the following questions for you… • What is the FCAT 2.0? •When will FCAT testing take place? • How do I understand my child’s test results? • How do teachers use the test results? • How can I use the test results? • What does the school district offer to help my child improve?
- 3. What is the FCAT 2.0? • Test given in grades 3 -10 • Based on Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in reading, math, science and writing • Similar to FCAT 1.0 except based on new standards
- 4. What will students be asked to do? • Use prior knowledge/experience • Understand age/subject appropriate vocabulary • Make inferences • Compare similarities and differences
- 5. Type of Assessment Assessment Area Year Administered to Students 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 FCAT FCAT Writing Gr 4, 8, 10 Gr 4, 8, 10 Gr 4, 8, 10 Gr 4, 8, 10 FCAT Science Gr 5, 8, 11 FCAT Reading FCAT Mathematics Gr 10 FCAT 2.0 FCAT 2.0 Reading Gr 3-10 Gr 3-10 Gr 3-10 Gr 3-10 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics Gr 3-8 Gr 3-8 Gr 3-8 Gr 3-8 FCAT 2.0 Science Gr 5, 8 Gr 5, 8 Gr 5, 8 End-of-Course Assessments Algebra 1 High School High School High School High School Geometry High School High School High School Biology 1 High School High School High School US History High School High School Civics Middle School
- 6. When will FCAT testing take place? Feb 28 – Mar 1 Grades 4, 8 , & 10 FCAT Writing April 9 – 20 Grades 11- Adult Retakes FCAT Reading & Math FCAT Reading 2.0 April 16 – 27 Grades 3 – 10 Grades 3 – 8 Grades 5 and 8 FCAT 2.0 Reading FCAT 2.0 Math FCAT 2.0 Science
- 7. How many questions are on the tests? 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Math 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 60 - 65 Reading 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 50 - 55 Science 60 - 65 60 - 65 Writing 1 prompt 1 prompt 1 prompt
- 8. Which FCAT 2.0 tests will my child take in Spring 2012? 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Math Reading Science Writing
- 9. How much time is given for each test? 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Math 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes Reading 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes 140 minutes Science 160 minutes 160 minutes Writing 45 minutes 45 minutes 45 minutes * Some subject areas may have two sessions of testing given on two separate days.
- 10. What topics are tested on the Mathematics FCAT 2.0? Grade Topics 3rd Number: Operations, Problems, and Statistics, Geometry and Measurement, Number: Fractions 4th Number: Operations and Problems, Geometry and Measurement, Number: Base 10 and Fractions 5th Number: Base 10 and Fractions, Geometry and Measurement, Expressions, Equations, and Statistics 6th Fractions, Ratios, Proportional Relationships, and Statistics Geometry and Measurement, Expressions and Equations 7th Geometry and Measurement, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Number: Base Ten, Statistics and Probability 8th Expressions, Equations, and Functions, Geometry and Measurement, Number: Operations, Problems, and Statistics
- 11. What topics are tested on the Reading FCAT 2.0? Students in grades 3 - 10 will be tested on: • Vocabulary • Reading Application • Literary Analysis: Fiction and Non-Fiction • Informational Text and Research Process
- 12. What topics are tested on the Science FCAT 2.0? Students in grades 5 and 8 will be tested on: • Physical and Chemical Science • Earth and Space Science • Life and Environmental Science • Scientific Thinking
- 13. What types of prompts are given on the FCAT Writing test? Grade Narrative (tell a story) Expository (explain) Persuasive (convince) 4th 8th 10th
- 14. What are some examples of writing prompts my 4th grader may be given? Example of an expository prompt: Sometimes animals help us. Think about how animals can help us. Now explain how animals can help us. Example of a narrative prompt: Everyone likes getting good news. Think about a time you got good news. Now write a story about a time you got good news.
- 15. What are some examples of writing prompts my 8th or 10th grader may be given? Example of an expository prompt: Writing Situation: Most people enjoy doing some activity. Directions for Writing: Think about an activity you enjoy. Now explain what you enjoy about this activity. Example of a persuasive prompt: Writing Situation: A class plans to eat at a special place for a class celebration. Directions for Writing: Think about where the class should eat for the celebration. Now write to convince the class why the celebration should be held at the place you think is best.
- 16. What format are the questions given in? Subject Multiple Choice Gridded Response Written Response Math 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Reading 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10 Science 5, 8 8 Writing 4, 8, 10
- 17. How do I understand my child’s FCAT 2.0 results? Achievement Level Developmental Scale Score Scale Score Reading 1-5 140 - 302 NA Math 1-5 140 – 298 NA Science 1-5 NA 100 – 500 Writing Essay Score 1-6 NA NA
- 18. What does the Achievement Level tell me about my child? Level Success with Challenging Content of Next Generation State Standards Proficient? 5 Mastery of the most challenging content yes 4 Above satisfactory level of success yes 3 Satisfactory level of success yes 2 Below satisfactory level of success no 1 Inadequate level of success no
- 19. What does the Developmental Scale Score tell me about my child? • Ranges: •140 – 302 for FCAT 2.0 Reading •140 – 298 for FCAT 2.0 Mathematics • Shows growth from one year to the next • Look for a yearly increase
- 20. What does the Scale Score for Science tell me about my child? • Ranges from 100 to 500 • 100 is the lowest score possible • 500 is the highest score possible
- 21. How will teachers use the FCAT 2.0 scores to help my child? Together with other data, teachers use the information to: • Plan individualized lessons • Make instructional decisions • Group students according to strengths/needs
- 22. How can I use test results to help my child improve? Meet often with your child’s teacher to discuss strategies to use at home such as: • Reading with them • Studying math facts with them • Providing a quiet environment for them to study and do homework •Making education a priority in your home
- 23. What programs does the school district offer that may help my child? • After-school tutoring • Mentor programs • Homework hotline
- 24. How do I obtain my child’s FCAT 2.0 results? FCAT test scores can be picked up at your child’s school. Results can be obtained during the summer and at the beginning of school year.
- 25. Where can I get additional information about helping my child at home? •www.fcatexplorer.com (password required – Check with your student’s teacher.) •www.justreadflorida.com •www.fcrr.org
- 26. If you have any questions… • Contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.
- 27. Thank you for your participation!

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