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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Reading Factory: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Program Overview From the Florida Department of Education

3 FCAT Explorer Reading Factory: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Interactive program offers practice on the FCAT-tested benchmarks Reinforces reading comprehension skills Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

4 FCAT Explorer Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the Sunshine State Standards and the DOE’s Test Item and Performance Task Specifications Items drafted by reading teachers and professional item writers Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks Items reviewed by instructional designers, testing specialists, bias reviewers, and professional editors Rigorous item development process

5 FCAT Explorer Input from Exemplary Education Professionals Highly qualified classroom teachers Recommended for expertise in subject area and grade level National Board Certified Recipients of Teacher of the Year awards Experienced as FCAT Coach and/or Reading Coach Masters Degrees Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

6 FCAT Explorer Reading Factory’s Adaptive Support Model Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

7 FCAT Explorer Automatically adjusts instructional support level based on student’s success with practice questions Adaptive Support Model INDIVIDUALIZED ADAPTIVE SUPPORT Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

8 FCAT Explorer Word Click: Click to hear any word Embedded questions: Interim comprehension checks Three levels for both sets of materials Full Support: Moderate Support: Embedded questions only No Support: Neither Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks Adaptive Support Model ADAPTIVE SUPPORT LEVEL

9 FCAT Explorer Passages and Practice Items Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

10 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Same average length and reading level as the FCAT Same genres: poems, plays, articles and stories Engaging illustrations reinforce important ideas PASSAGES Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

11 FCAT Explorer Same average number of items per passage as on the FCAT FCAT-like Practice Rigorous item development process Written by professional item writers Reviewed, edited, and approved by teachers Revised as needed based on statistical item analysis PRACTICE ITEMS No fewer than 5 items per skill From 5 to 50 items per Benchmark Same types of items as on the FCAT Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

12 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice MULTIPLE CHOICE (MC) Careful review of every item for psychometric criteria Item clearly supports the skill All answer choices are parallel (e.g., in grammatical form) Only plausible choices One “clearly best” answer Correct answer supported in the text Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

13 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

14 FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT Instructional Support Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Confirms the attributes that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

15 FCAT Explorer Hint (for vocabulary questions) See clues (for comprehension questions) 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Takes student back to passage Student reviews highlighted clues Instructional Support Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

16 FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces effective skill application For INCORRECT answer, CAE helps student understand why the correct answer is correct Instructional Support Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

17 FCAT Explorer Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

18 FCAT Explorer FLUENCY LIST Glossary & Vocabulary Exercise words Easy-to-use chart for recording progress Effective pre-reading activity Available from School Administrator’s Desk and Classroom Teacher’s Desk Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

19 FCAT Explorer Precede each passage Teach five potentially challenging words Word recognition Phonics Definition Meaning in context VOCABULARY EXERCISES Engage students and increase confidence & success Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

20 FCAT Explorer Purpose for Reading statements precede each passage to help establish good comprehension habits “PURPOSE FOR READING” STRATEGIES “See Questions” feature allows students to preview item stems (not answer choices) Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

21 FCAT Explorer Click linked (blue) words in passage Click “speaker icon” to hear word pronounced Definition & sample sentence Spanish and Haitian Creole translations GLOSSARY Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

22 FCAT Explorer Reinforces re-reading the passage to find correct answer Student must go to every page containing clues related to that question After going to every page with relevant clues, student gets second attempt “Look for the yellow highlighted clues.” Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

23 FCAT Explorer Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Accessible from the Main Menu—just click the red circles to try a question again! MY CHALLENGE LIST Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

24 FCAT Explorer Three different game-like activities Each activity reviews words from three Vocabulary Exercises VOCABULARY ACTIVITIES Special Features Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

25 FCAT Explorer Educators’ Tools Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

26 FCAT Explorer Educators’ Tools Classroom Teacher’s Desk District Administrator’s Desk School Administrator’s Desk Curriculum resources Skills Location Map Table of Benchmarks and Skills Item Review Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

27 FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View reading data by Benchmark, Skill, or Passage View math data by Benchmark, Strand, or Theme View Science data by Benchmark or Strand Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At the Classroom Teacher’s Desk Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

28 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 Provides Everyday Activities to reinforce Benchmarks and Skills Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

29 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 presentations Visit the Educator Resources Page Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

30 FCAT Explorer School Principals: Contact your District Office and speak to the “District Administrator” for the FCAT Explorer Teachers: Contact your “School Administrator” for the FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Home Page (www.fcatexplorer.com) To get sign-in names & passwords Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

31 FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks

32 FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks


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