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What Every Family Should Know

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A parent is a childs first teacher, and the home is a childs first classroom.

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Did you know that what you do or dont do, say or dont say, to your children, has an IMPACT on their academic achievement?

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What is the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT/FCAT 2.0)? The FCAT/FCAT 2.0 is a test given to Florida students to measure what they know and are able to accomplish in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science.

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What is the Algebra 1 End-of-Course assessment (EOC)? The Algebra 1 EOC is a test given to Florida students to measure what they know and are able to accomplish in Algebra.

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What do the FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC measure? The FCAT measures how well students are meeting the Sunshine State Standards in Writing and Science The FCAT 2.0 & Algebra 1 EOC measure how well students are meeting the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Reading, Mathematics and Algebra 1.

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FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC Details Scores relate to student performance on content in the Sunshine State Standard (SSS) and the Next generation Sunshine State Standard (NGSSS) benchmarks Measures achievement in –Reading: Grades 3-10 –Mathematics: Grades 3-8 –Algebra 1: Multiple Grades –Writing: Grades 4, 8, & 10 –Science: Grades 5, 8, & 11 Question types: multiple-choice, gridded response, fill-in response, essay

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FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC Details FCAT 2.0 Reading measures vocabulary & literacy skills. FACT 2.0 Mathematics measures a wide range of skills and problem solving methods. Algebra 1 EOC measures concepts and principles and algebraic thinking FCAT Writing measures knowledge of four writing elements: focus, organization, support, and conventions. FCAT Science measures science concepts and scientific thinking.

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Who takes the FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC?

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Who takes the Algebra 1 EOC? Students in grades Spring 2011 –Students completing Algebra 1, Algebra 1B or an equivalent course –First time 9 th graders who previously completed Algebra 1 or an equivalent course

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What is the duration of the FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC in minutes? School Type GradeReadingMathematicsScienceWriting EL MS HS RetakeUntimed Algebra EOC

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How many questions are on the FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC? School Type GradeReadingMathematicsScienceWriting EL prompt MS prompt HS prompt Retake55-60 Algebra EOC

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What types of questions are in the FCAT/FCAT 2.0/Algebra 1 EOC? Multiple Choice (Reading, Mathematics, Algebra 1, & Science) Gridded Response (Mathematics & Science) Fill-In Response (Algebra 1) Essay Question (Writing)

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What types of questions are in the FCAT/FCAT 2.0? Multiple Choice - Students choose one of four possible choices –Reading, Mathematics, Science –Grades –1 point each Sample Reading Multiple Choice Question

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What types of questions are in the FCAT/FCAT 2.0? Gridded Response – Gridded-response questions require students to solve problems and "bubble," or mark, their numerical answers on an answer grid. –Mathematics (grades 4, 5, 8, 10) –Science (grades 8, 11) –1 point each Sample Mathematics Gridded Response

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What types of questions are in the Algebra 1? Multiple Choice - Students choose one of four possible choices –1 point each Sample Algebra Multiple-Choice Question

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What types of questions are in the Algebra 1? Fill-in Response – Fill-in response questions require students to solve problems and respond in the seven column fill-in response grid with their numerical answers –Algebra 1 –1 point each Sample Algebra Fill-In Response

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What types of questions are in the FCAT? Essay Question - requires students to write a response to an assigned topic (prompt) –Writing –Grades 4, 8, 10 –6 points maximum Grade 4 students respond to a prompt that asks them to either explain (expository writing) or tell a story (narrative writing). Grade 8 and 10 students respond to a prompt that asks them to either explain (expository writing) or persuade (persuasive writing). Sample Narrative Writing Prompt

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How many questions, by type, are on the FCAT? Elementary GradeReadingMathematicsScienceWriting 355 MC45-50 MC 455 MC MC GR 1 prompt MC MC GR MC Algebra EOC MC: FR: 25-30

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How many questions, by type, are on the FCAT? Middle School GradeReadingMathematicsScienceWriting MC MC GR MC MC GR MC MC GR MC 4-7 GR 1 prompt Algebra EOC MC: FR: 25-30

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How many questions, by type, are on the FCAT? High School GradeReadingMathematicsScienceWriting MC MC GR MC 5-7 SR & ER MC GR 1 prompt MC 4-7 GR Retake50-60 MC MC GR Algebra EOC MC: FR: 25-30

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What are the cognitive complexity levels? FCAT questions have three levels of cognitive complexity: –Low - requires to solve a one step problem, recall, recognition, basic facts –Moderate -requires more than simple recall, or to apply skills and concepts that are covered in low complexity. –High - require analysis and synthesis of information, heavy demand on student thinking, abstract thinking and reasoning

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Example of Cognitive Complexity in FCAT Reading Marias dog Spot almost knocked her down as she entered the door. Maria quickly noticed that all bowls were empty and she had forgotten to leave food out. Spot could hardly wait for Maria to fill the bowls as he hurriedly ate his food. Later, Maria returned to the kitchen, she could not help but notice the smile on Spots face as he slept.

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Low - What was the name of Marias dog? (Read the Lines) Moderate -What was Spots problem? (Read Between the Lines) High - Why was Spot MOST LIKELY smiling in his sleep? (Read Beyond the Lines) Example of Cognitive Complexity in FCAT Reading

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What are the FCAT/FCAT 2.0 achievement levels? FCAT Achievement Levels Describe the success a student has achieved on the Florida NGSSS Reading and Mathematics, and the SSS Science portion of the test Range from 1 to 5 with Level 1 the lowest and Level 5 the highest Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5

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Level 1 This student has little success with the challenging grade-level content of the Sunshine State Standards. Level 2 This student has limited success with the challenging grade- level content of the Sunshine State Standards. Level 3 This student has partial success with the challenging grade-level content of the Sunshine State Standards, but performance is inconsistent. Level 4 This student has success with the challenging grade-level content of the Sunshine State Standards. Level 5 This student has success with the most challenging grade-level content of the Sunshine State Standards. How do levels describe student achievement?

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Developmental Scale Scores (DSS) Range from Are used to determine a students annual progress from grade to grade Are used in Reading and Mathematics What are Developmental Scale Scores?

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GradeLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level GradeLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level Reading Mathematics FCAT Achievement Levels and Developmental Scores

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Scale Scores Range from Are used to determine a students FCAT Science result What are Scale Scores?

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Science GradeLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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Rubric Scores Range from unscorable to 6 Used to determine a students FCAT Writing prompt result What are Rubric Scores?

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What are Writing Rubric Scores? PointsDescription 6 The writing is focused on the topic, has a logical organizational pattern (including a beginning, middle, conclusion, and transitional devices), and has ample development of the supporting ideas. 5 The writing is focused on the topic with adequate development of the supporting ideas. 4 The writing is generally focused on the topic and demonstrates a sense of completeness or wholeness. 3 The writing is generally focused on the topic, but may lack a sense of completeness or wholeness. 2 The writing may be slightly related to the topic. 1 The writing may only minimally address the topic. unscorable The response is illegible.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Tests reflect the overall achievement of your child. The more often the child is in a learning situation, the more likely he/she will do well on tests. 1.Make sure your child attends school regularly.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? A child who is afraid of failing is more likely to make mistakes. 2.Encourage your child. Praise him/her for the things done well throughout the year.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. 3.See that your child has a balanced diet.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Homework supports classroom instruction and can help your child increase his/her comprehension of the classroom work. 4.See that your child completes homework assignments.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Parents and teachers should work together to benefit the child. 5.Meet with you childs teacher(s) as often as possible to discuss your childs progress.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? School is not the only place where learning takes place. You can help your child improve his/her understanding of school work. 6.Ask your childs teacher(s) to suggest activities for you to do at home with your child.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Students need a time and a place to focus on their homework. 7.Provide a scheduled time and a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Children who are tired are less likely to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of classwork and tests. 8.Make sure your child is well rested on school days.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children. 9.Try not to be overly anxious about test scores.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? 10.Ask your childs principal and/or counselor to provide you with a schedule of testing for the year and explain the use of the tests. It is your right to know which tests your child will take and for what purpose.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? 11. Make sure your child arrives to school on time. Students need time to prepare for the days lessons.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Students should wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the weather. 12. See that your child is dressed comfortably.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Test performance also depends on listening to directions and being able to read the test. 13.If your child wears a hearing aid or glasses, be sure he/she remembers to use them during all testing sessions.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? 14.Make sure your child receives appropriate test-taking accommodations. Your child may be entitled to receive extra time to complete the test; assistance with translation; be tested in a separate room; visual magnification; or other accommodations.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It is the bodys fuel that gets you going in the morning. Kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. 15.Make sure that your child is well rested and has a healthy breakfast on the day of the test.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Worrying about tests may make a student forget their chores and arguments may result. 16.Make sure that your child is not burdened with too many demands during testing time.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Test performance depends on thinking clearly and focusing on the task at hand. 17.Make sure that you dont create additional school and non-school related pressures. Students need to focus their energies on doing well on the test.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Preparation and organization help to have a smooth day. 18.Make sure that the morning of the test is not rushed. Help your child to organize everything he/she needs the night before the test, get up with plenty of time to have a good breakfast, and get to school on time.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Emotions are significantly related to student motivation and academic achievement. 19.Make testing days happy days free of negative emotions.

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How can families help students prepare for assessments? Testing is part of our educational system. Talking about the test with your child can relieve stress about test taking. 20.Keep a positive attitude about tests.

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Where can families find information about FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC? (click here) (click here)

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Where can families find information about FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC? Preparing for Assessments SAL-P: The Next Generation AYP School Grade Alternative School Improvement Rating

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Palm Beach County Learning Tools

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Together we can help our students succeed!

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT! THE ULTIMATE GOAL!

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Need Assistance? Contact… Nancy E. Brito (561) , PX47521

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