Reading 2.0Paper & pencilTwo sessions of 70 minutes each 50-55 questions per sessionTest Breakout Vocabulary 15-25% Reading Application 25-35% Literary Analysis 25-35% Informational Text 15-25%
What Should 7th Graders Know? Context clues Word structure * Cause and effect Word relationships * Text structure Multiple meanings * Patterns Phrases * Compare Author’s purpose * Contrast Author’s perspective * Plot development Author’s bias * Theme Main idea * Conflict Summary * Point of view Conclusions * Descriptive language Details * Figurative language Predictions * Text features
Types of Passages 60%40 % InformationalLiterary passages arepassages subject-provide matterentertainment centered. Theor inspiration context ofand include thesefiction, nonfict passagesion, poetry, an includesd drama. everyday life outside of the classroom.
Sample Passage#Words per passage Range 300–1100 Average700
Areas to Target-Compare/ContrastRead this sentence from the passage.There were storms and seas so big that in the trough of awave the boat seemed surrounded by mountains of water.Based on the sentence above, in what way are waves similarto mountains?A. Both are jagged.B. Both are enormous.C. Both are difficult to climb.D. Both are topped with foam.
Areas to Target-Compare/Contrast What: identify the similarities and difference between two topics or persons Ask your child: What is being compared? How are they alike or different? Make connections between what you read, “That’s just like the other story we read because…”
Areas to Target-Cause/Effect“Shackleton’s Epic Voyage”What caused the trip of the James Caird to be a fierceordeal?A. The supplies and food were scarce.B. The ice floes split and the wind dropped.C. The pressure on the hull of the boat was extreme.D. The weather created stormy seas and huge waves.
Areas to Target-Cause/EffectWhat: identify a cause and its effectAsk your child: What happened? Why did it happen? What caused it to happen? What was the result? Make them aware of cause and effect by applying it to everyday life, “you didn’t clean you room, so now you are grounded.”
Areas to Target-Summarizing“The Earthmovers”If this article were published in a newspaper, which headlinebest expresses the main idea?A. “Oldest Known Earthworks Discovered in Louisiana”B. “Research Uncovers Evidence of New Native AmericanGroups”C. “Jones and Saunders Publish Findings After Four Years ofResearch”D. “Striking Similarities Found Between Watson Brake andPoverty Point”
Areas to Target-SummarizingWhat: to retell the main points of a story in your ownwordsAsk your child: What happened in the paragraph? Can you tell me in one sentence what happens? Tip: If your child likes to text, “create a text message to tell your friend what the paragraph is about”.
How Can You Help?Read to your child Studies show this is the single most important thing parents can do to help their children succeedTake turns reading aloud Discuss what is happening in the story and try to predict what might happen nextProvide a variety of reading materials for your child Check out the public library, bookstores, school book clubs and book fairs, or shop the InternetMake reading an enjoyable experience Encourage your child to find a comfortable place to read
Southern Oaks Middle School 7th Grade Math FCAT 2.0 Information 2012
Test Purpose Tests students’ mastery of the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards benchmarks.Find them at www.floridastandards.org and in the front of your student’s textbook.
Testing CategoriesReporting Categories: 30% Geometry and Measurement 25% Ratios/Proportional Relationships 25% Number: Base Ten 20% Statistics and Probability
What the Test Includes35-40 Multiple Choice questionsWorth 1 point each.Expected to take 1 minutes to solve.10-15 Gridded Response questionsWorth 1 point each.Expected to take 1 ½ minutes to solve.2 different grids are used.60-65 questions total
Math 2.0Two sessions of 70 minutes each for a total of 140minutes.Paper and pencil test.Calculator allowed similar to TI-108Reference Sheet provided.Small break provided between sessions for snacks,water, bathroom break. NO GUM.
3 Levels of Item Difficulty Easy70% or more of students expected to answer correctly. Average40% - 70% of students expected to answer correctly. HardLess than 40% of students expected to answer correctly.
3 Levels of Cognitive ComplexityLow Cognitive Complexity10% - 20% of questionsModerate Cognitive Complexity60% - 80% of questionsHigh Cognitive Complexity10% - 20% of questions
ResultsLevel 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 awarded.Level 1 and 2 scores mean student has not masteredcourse material and is non-proficient and belowgrade level.Level 3 score means student has mastered coursematerial and is proficient at grade level.Level 4 and 5 scores mean student has masteredcourse material and is proficient above grade level.
Requirements to Study Algebra 1 Honors in 8th GradeScore upper quartile level 3, level 4, or level 5 on 7thgrade Math FCAT ANDScore A, B, or C in both semesters of M/J Math II ANDScore 80% or higher on district Algebra screeningassessment.
Algebra 1 Honors High school credit course. Algebra 1 Honors credit is awarded as follows: 0 credits after 1st semester. 1 credit after 2nd semester ONLY IF Florida Algebra 1 EOC exam is passed. Course grade awarded as follows: 35% 3rd 9 weeks, 35% 4th 9 weeks, 30% EOCFor info on High School Math Classes:http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/StudentProgressionPlan.pdf
When Will These Tests Occur?One day within following window: April 16 to April 27, 2012
Testing StrategiesBefore the Test Get plenty of rest the night before Eat a good breakfast before leaving for school Arrive at school on time on testing days Please do NOT bring electronic devices on testing days
Testing StrategiesDuring Testing Answer every question, even those that are difficult. There is no penalty for guessing. Read all the answer choices before deciding on the best answer. Avoid spending too much time on any one item. This is a timed test. Write on the test to help me think. Check frequently to make sure I am in the right place on my answer sheet. Getting off by one number can be disastrous! Take a deep breath or stretch a little bit every now and then to stay alert.