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1 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer BRIEF OVERVIEW Florida Department of Education’s FCAT Explorer

2 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Interactive, benchmarks- based practice programs Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Students automatically enrolled Includes Educator Resources and a Parent & Family Guide FCAT Explorer

3 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer A student’s sign-in name and password provides access to all programs Struggling students can experience success in easier programs and work their way up Access to all programs

4 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Practice Programs

5 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Reading Odyssey: 4 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Island: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Math Station: 5 th Grade Benchmarks Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Math Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks MATH PROGRAMSREADING PROGRAMSSCIENCE PROGRAMS Science Station: 5 th Grade Benchmarks Science Voyager: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Science Mission: 11 th Grade Benchmarks

6 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Reading, Math, and Science Practice Developed with strict adherence to the Sunshine State Standards and DOE’s Test Item & Performance Task Specifications Practice items provide explicit reinforcement of the FCAT-tested benchmarks

7 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Designed with the help of teachers and testing specialists Graphics explicitly illustrate science and math concepts or reading content Reading and math practice is set in the context of other subject areas from the Sunshine State Standards Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Reading, Math, and Science Practice

8 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Click linked (blue) words Click ear icon to hear word pronounced Spanish and Haitian Creole translations Special Features GLOSSARY Links directly to incorrect items Helps students focus on skill improvement CHALLENGE LIST Reading Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Math Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks

9 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Reading Practice Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest Some programs feature an Explore More reference section to practice using multiple resources PASSAGES From The River Snake in Reading Island: 6 th Grade Benchmarks

10 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Adaptive support model adjusts passage and instructional support level Vocabulary exercises and activities teach potentially challenging words Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks 3 rd grade readability level: 36 reading passages & 197 multiple-choice items 2 nd grade readability level: 36 reading passages & 197 multiple-choice items FCAT Explorer Reading Programs

11 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Odyssey: 4 th Grade Benchmarks Pre-reading vocabulary exercises Adaptive Support 32 reading passages 248 multiple-choice, short-, and extended-response items, plus a resource for open- response items

12 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Island: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Practice Power exercises reinforce reading skills Motivational instructional game reinforces vocabulary and comprehension skills 27 reading passages 253 multiple-choice, short-, and open-response items

13 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Main Idea Workshop Adaptive support (grades 4 through 8) Passage topics drawn from areas of science, history, health, art, and music 60 reading passages 285 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open-response items

14 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Includes a pre-test and post-test Features 8 remedial reading comprehension lessons 23 reading passages 250 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open- response items

15 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Math Practice Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Item topics drawn from other subject areas in the Sunshine State Standards Science Social Studies The Arts Health Education Physical Education

16 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Station: 5 th Grade Benchmarks Motivational instructional games reinforce math skills Item topics drawn from areas of health, sports, history, and geography 156 multiple-choice, gridded-, and charted- response items

17 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT Item topics drawn from areas of science, history, health, art, and music 139 multiple-choice and gridded-response items

18 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT Timeline-themed navigation places items in a variety of historical periods 144 multiple-choice and gridded-response items Math Machine includes 6 remedial lessons on Strand C: Geometry and Spatial Sense

19 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Science Practice Reviewed by teachers for difficulty level, age- appropriate content, and student interest Science Station: 5 th Grade Benchmarks Struggling students are directed to remedial lessons to explore more difficult science concepts.

20 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Science Programs Science Station: 5 th Grade Benchmarks Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts 15 remedial lessons on annually assessed benchmarks Annually assessed benchmarks include context dependent items 215 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open-response items

21 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Science Voyager: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts Remedial lessons for each of the 8 strands Mini Lesson short-response activities strengthen performance task skills 190 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open- response items

22 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Science Mission: 11 th Grade Benchmarks Vocabulary exercises increase science fluency Remedial lessons focusing on the nature of science 4 Mini Lessons review the periodic table, active and passive transport, plant and animal cells, and chemical reactions Over 200 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open-response items

23 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Instructional Support

24 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT Instructional Support Congratulations! Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Confirms the attributes that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application

25 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Feedback and tools help student figure out correct answer 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Skill Builder links to definition and example in reading programs Common error feedback in math programs offers suggestions for how to think about the problem Reading Island: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Instructional Support Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

26 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces effective skill application For INCORRECT answer, CAE coaches student in figuring out right answer to similar questions in the future Math Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

27 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Educators’ Tools

28 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Classroom Teacher’s Desk Features Create and/or edit class roll Review progress reports on individuals or classes Resource Center View instructional games and modify token rates Send messages to students Skills Location Map Table of Benchmarks and Skills Item Review

29 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View math data by theme, strand, or benchmark View science data by benchmark or strand. View reading data by benchmark, skill, or passage Compare percentage correct before and after Learning Guidance Classroom Teacher’s Desk Features Student Performance Reports

30 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Access teacher and student password lists (available in text and spreadsheet formats) Review, add, and edit student information Review, add, and edit information about teachers and classes Create student, class, or school reports School Administrator’s Desk Features

31 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Review school, teacher, and class information Review monthly reports on student activity and performance by district or school District Administrator’s Desk Features

32 From the Florida Department of Education 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 Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT

33 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Linked from the home page Download this PowerPoint presentation Download the School Administrator’s Desk Manual Download the Teacher’s Desk Manual Reading Focus Overview Math Focus Overview Program-specific presentations Download other PowerPoints Visit the Educator Resources Page

34 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer 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) To get sign-in names & passwords

35 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer Log on to FCAT Explorer!


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