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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Science Voyager: Middle School Science From the Florida Department of Education Program Overview

3 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like practice on all FCAT-tested strands and benchmarks Reinforces important science concepts Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Interactive practice program Science Voyager: Middle School Science

4 FCAT Explorer Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and DOE’s Test Item and Performance Task Specifications Rigorous item development process Items drafted by science teachers and professional item writers Items reviewed by instructional designers, testing specialists, and professional editors Multiple-choice item Science Voyager: Middle School Science

5 FCAT Explorer Input from Exemplary Education Professionals Highly-qualified classroom teachers Recommended for expertise in subject area and grade level National Board Certified Members of the National Science Teachers Association and recipients of Presidential Teaching Awards Masters Degrees Science Voyager: Middle School Science

6 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice FCAT-like practice on all tested strands and benchmarks Open-response item 256 FCAT-like practice items 249 Multiple Choice (MC) 3 Context Dependent (CD) 1 Gridded Response (GR) Science Voyager: Middle School Science 3 Short Response (SR) 12 Short Response Mini Lessons?

7 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Same style, format, scope and cognitive level as FCAT 2.0 Reviewed by teachers for interest and difficulty Number of items per benchmark based on teacher recommendation Difficulty of benchmark Difficulty for struggling students Multiple-choice item Science Voyager: Middle School Science

8 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Science Voyager: Middle School Science

9 FCAT Explorer 1 ST Attempt Correct Learning Guidance Congratulations! Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Confirms the elements that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application Science Voyager: Middle School Science

10 FCAT Explorer 1 ST Attempt Incorrect Learning Guidance Includes hints to clarify the question without giving away the answer Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Click on Glossary Terms for definitions of more difficult science concepts. Science Voyager: Middle School Science

11 FCAT Explorer 2 nd Attempt For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces accurate skill application For INCORRECT answer, the CAE: Learning Guidance Identifies correct answer Explains why the answer the student chose was incorrect Science Voyager: Middle School Science

12 FCAT Explorer Practice Items Science Voyager: Middle School Science

13 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Items Same formatting details as on FCAT 2.0 Same notation conventions as on the FCAT 2.0 Multiple Choice (MC) Multiple-choice item Science Voyager: Middle School Science

14 FCAT Explorer Science Voyager: Middle School Science FCAT-like Practice Items Context Dependent Multiple Choice (CD) Students read a short passage Answer three multiple choice items based on passage content Students can review passage at any time Context-dependent items

15 FCAT Explorer Students are presented with two sample student responses and are asked to select the high scoring answer Reinforces writing skills by comparing two sample answers. Short-Response (SR) Short-response item FCAT-like Practice Items Science Voyager: Middle School Science

16 FCAT Explorer Student reads a response and assigns it a high or partial score. Simulation strategies recommended by teachers Extended-Response (ER) FCAT-like Practice Items Science Voyager: Middle School Science Based on classroom instructional practices Requires student to compare or assess critical attributes Extended-response item

17 FCAT Explorer Special Features Science Voyager: Middle School Science

18 FCAT Explorer Science Voyager: Middle School Science Linked (blue) words in first incorrect response Click speaker icon to hear word pronounced Definition Spanish and Haitian Creole translations Glossary Special Learning Features

19 FCAT Explorer Read/Inquire/Explain (RIE) Icon Available on SR and ER Students click on the RIE icon to view rubric Rubric helps students to identify elements included in high scoring answers Science Voyager: Middle School Science Special Learning Features

20 FCAT Explorer Special Learning Features Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Displays corresponding strand Challenge List Science Voyager: Middle School Science

21 FCAT Explorer Science Voyager: Middle School Science Animated Vocabulary Games Special Learning Features Play one of three vocabulary games upon completing a group of benchmarks Includes repetition of question for incorrect responses

22 FCAT Explorer Remedial Lessons Special Learning Features Focuses on big ideas and more difficult concepts through animations and interactive elements Teachers are able to assign lessons Science Voyager: Middle School Science

23 FCAT Explorer Educators’ Tools Science Voyager: Middle School Science

24 FCAT Explorer Educators’ Tools Classroom Teacher’s Desk District Administrator’s Desk School Administrator’s Desk Curriculum resources Table of Strands and Benchmarks Item Review Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Science Voyager: Middle School Science

25 FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View science data by Benchmark or Strand Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports AT THE CLASSROOM TEACHER’S DESK Science Voyager: Middle School Science

26 FCAT Explorer The Parent & Family Guide Accessible from the home page without a password Available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole Helps parents, guardians, and mentors understand the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT 2.0 Science Voyager: Middle School Science

27 FCAT Explorer Linked from the home page Download this PowerPoint presentation Download the School Administrator’s Desk Manual Download the Teacher’s Desk Manual Program-specific presentations Download other presentations Visit the Educator Resources Page Science Voyager: Middle School Science

28 FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Science Voyager: Middle School Science

29 FCAT Explorer To get sign-in names and passwords School Principals: Contact your District Office and speak to the FCAT Explorer District Administrator Teachers: Contact your FCAT Explorer School Administrator FCAT Explorer Home Page (www.fcatexplorer.com) Science Voyager: Middle School Science

30 FCAT Explorer Log on to FCAT Explorer! Science Voyager: Middle School Science


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