2 FCAT INFORMATION NIGHT HANDOUTS DAILY FACT SCHEDULETEST DESIGN SUMMARY PACKETLINKS TO WEBSITESELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICYFCAT TIPS FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS PACKETPALM BEACH WRITES RUBRICS
3 The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® is administered to students in grades , approximately 200,000 students per grade level. The FCAT measures the Sunshine State Standards in reading and mathematics (grades 3-10), science (grades 5, 8, & 11), and writing (grades 4, 8, & 10).
4 This school year, Florida's statewide assessment programs will begin transitioning to assessing student understanding of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards through the implementation of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) and Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments. Selected grades and subjects will continue to participate in FCAT assessments until the transition is complete. To learn more about this transition and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, or to research the assessment(s) your child may be taking, visit the newly created Success Measures website.https://app1.fldoe.org/SuccessMeasures/Default.aspx
5 Success MeasuresWelcome to the newly created Success Measures web page. We understand that as Florida's assessment program grows beyond the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test ® (FCAT), Florida's parents and students need an up-to-date resource for all their assessment questions.Through the new Success Measures website, parents, students and teachers can access in-depth information about all of Florida's student assessments in a timely and meaningful way.The Success Measures page will continue to be updated with important information on Florida's assessment programs including details on what your children are being taught in our classrooms and how their learning will be assessed.
6 Assessment(s)Your child will be taking FCAT 2.0 Reading. Your child will be taking FCAT Writing. Your child will be taking FCAT 2.0 Mathematics.Next Generation Sunshine State StandardsTo learn more about the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, select the plus sign (+) located next to the standard. These standards will be the focus of your learning over the course of the year, and will also include examples of the standard within the description.Language Arts/Reading (-)Content: The student will recognize knowledge of spelling patterns;Content: The student will use structural analysis; andContent: The student will use language structure to read multi-syllabic words in text.Content: The student will demonstrate the ability to read grade level text; and
7 Writing Daily Test Administration Schedule Day 1 – Tuesday, March 1Grades 4, 8, 10Writing Test45 minutesDay 2 – Wednesday, March 2Writing Make-Up TestDay 3 – Thursday, March 3
10 RMS Daily Test Administration Schedule Day 7 – Tuesday, April 19Grade 5Science – Session 555 minutesGrade 10Mathematics – CBA160 minutesAll GradesMake-up TestingDay 8 – Wednesday, April 20Science – Session 6Day 9 – Thursday, April 21Day 10 - Monday, April 25The FDOE has allowed districts, if necessary, to use April 26-28, 2011, to accommodate the needs of students whose observance of religious holidays conflicts with testing.
11 What’s New for the 2011 FCAT Writing Writing prompt has been removed from the Writing FolderThere are now three parts to the Writing AssessmentWriting FolderWriting Prompt SheetPlanning Sheet
12 What’s New for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2 What’s New for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics, & Science (continued)Session 4 of Grades 3 and 4 Mathematics contains items that require a ruler.Rulers should not be distributed for Session 3Rulers will be provided on perforated sheets with other test materialsDo not cut the edges of the ruler!
13 What’s New for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics, & Science Sample Test MaterialsRegular print are provided in online format ONLY
14 What’s New for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics, & Science Mathematics Reference Sheets for Grades 5-AD students and Science Reference Sheets for Grades 8 and 11 students will be packaged as stand-alone pages and shipped with test materials.Mathematics Reference Sheets available on the FDOE website:FCAT, Grade 10/RetakeFCAT 2.0, Grades 6-8FCAT 2.0, Grade 5
15 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Writing, Reading, Mathematics, & ScienceSchools are required to adhere to the District approved daily testing schedule.Test administrators are required to use ALL of the allotted time in each test session and should not end a session early.A student with the accommodation of extra time must complete one session before continuing to the next session.If a student starts a test and leaves school without finishing (for an appointment, illness, etc.), he/she will NOT be allowed to complete the test.
16 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Writing, Reading, Mathematics, & ScienceStudents may not have any electronic or recording devices at their desks, in their pockets, or anywhere they can reach them during testing, even if the devices are turned off or the students do not use them.If a student is found to be in possession of ANY electronic device(s) during testing, his or her test must be invalidated in order to successfully enforce this policy.Test administrators must NOT administer the FCAT/FCAT 2.0 to their family members.
17 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2 Reminders for the 2011 FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Writing, Reading, Mathematics, & ScienceMake-up TestingIs requiredAll security and administration procedures must be followedThe test script MUST be read verbatim in its entirety
18 Students to be Tested English Language Learners (ELLs) ALL Grades 3–11 ELLs MUST participate in FCAT Reading and Writing.All Grades 3–11 ESE students take the appropriate FCAT unless their IEP indicates an alternate assessment.
20 3 4 5 GRADE DOCUMENT TITLE ITEM TYPE Reading Test and Answer Book Multiple ChoiceGridded Response3Reading Test and Answer BookMathematics Test and Answer Book4Writing Folder5Reading Test BookReading Answer FolderScience Test and Answer Book
21 6 7 8 GRADE DOCUMENT TITLE ITEM TYPE Reading & Mathematics Test Book Multiple ChoiceGridded Response6Reading & Mathematics Test BookReading & Mathematics Answer Book78Writing FolderScience Test BookScience Answer Book
22 AccommodationsMust be in the student’s IEP (Individual Educational Plan) or 504 plan (Students under Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act)Must not alter contentMust be in use in the classroomMust be in use prior to FCATFor Paper-Pencil TestingAllowable accommodationsMust be gridded on answer document by teacherUsed not allowedLEPESE504RegularTemporary
23 Test Invalidation Policies and Procedures A test MAY be invalidated if any of the following circumstances occur:A student becomes ill and is unable to finish, OR a student is not allowed the correct amount of time.A student was given an accommodation not allowed on the FCAT.A student was given an accommodation not on the student’s IEP, Section 504 plan, or LEP plan.A student was not given an allowable accommodation listed on the student’s IEP, Section 504 plan, or LEP plan.An error occurs in test administration or procedures that could compromise the validity of the test results (e.g., students had access to an unauthorized visual aid that gave an unfair advantage).A test MUST be invalidated if any of the following circumstances occur:A student has an electronic device during testing.A student is cheating during testing.A student is disruptive during testing.
24 Test Administrators During testing, ensure that students: have cleared their desks of all materials except the appropriate test materials (mechanical pencils, ink pens, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils, markers, correction fluid, etc., are NOT permitted)do not have books, notes, scratch paper, or electronic devices of any kind (including, but not limited to, cell phones, pagers or electronic games) during testing, even if they do not use them
25 Test Administrators During testing, they ensure that students: do not talk or make any disturbanceare working independentlyare working in the correct session and recording their answers in the appropriate areado not make stray marks near the answer choice bubbles.This is especially critical when students are testing in a combination test and answer book.Stray marks near the bubbles may interfere with the scoring of the document.
26 Test Administrators May not: talk with students about any test item help students answer any test itemWhile they may encourage students to continue working, they may not talk with them about the prompt or test items or help them with their responses.For example, if students finish the test before the allotted time haselapsed, you may encourage them to go back and check their work. You may not read or comment on studentresponses, help them plan what to write, or provide students with any information that would allow them toinfer the correct answer, such as suggesting that they might want to review their work on specific items.