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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Reading Odyssey: 4 th Grade Benchmarks Program Overview From the Florida Department of Education

3 FCAT Explorer 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 Odyssey: 4 th Grade Benchmarks

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

5 FCAT Explorer Input from Education Professionals Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Exemplary 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

6 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

7 FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT Displays auditory and visual congratulations Supplies correct answer explanation Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Instructional Support

8 FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Informs student that answer is incorrect Delivers hint or takes student to yellow highlighted passage Explanation of vocabulary-related skills and their application Highlighting offers guidance to correct answer Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Instructional Support

9 FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT CORRECT or INCORRECT Correct answer: Auditory congratulations and explanation Incorrect answer: Notification that selected answer is incorrect Identification of correct answer Explanation of why the correct answer choice is correct Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Instructional Support

10 FCAT Explorer Passages and Practice Items Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

11 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Passages 45 passages grouped into three themesland, sea, and space Written to support FCAT-like practice on all tested benchmarks Topics drawn from Sunshine State Standards subject areas Science Social Studies The Arts Health & Physical Education Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

12 FCAT Explorer Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT Same varieties of passages: poems, plays, articles, and stories Reviewed by teachers for interest & readability Reinforced by illustrations FCAT-like Passages Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

13 FCAT Explorer 332 FCAT-like practice items: FCAT-like Practice Items From the passage Neptune, The Blue Planet Multiple choice (MC) Short-response (SR) Items reflect real-world activities and situations From the passage Rosas Return Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

14 FCAT Explorer Same average number of items per passage as on the FCAT FCAT-like Practice Items Rigorous item development process Written by professional item writers Reviewed and approved by teachers Revised as needed based on statistical item analysis PRACTICE ITEMS Number of items per skill based on teacher recommendation for struggling readers No fewer than 5 items per skill From 5 to 50 items per benchmark Same type, style, format, scope, & cognitive level as on the FCAT Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

15 FCAT Explorer MULTIPLE CHOICE (MC) Careful review of every item for psychometric criteria Item must clearly support skill Only plausible choices All answer choices are parallel (e.g., grammatical form) One clearly best answer Correct answer supported in the text Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks FCAT-like Practice Items

16 FCAT Explorer SIMULATED SRs & MCs Short-response: Compare three responses & select the best one Multiple-choice: Read four responses & choose the most correct Simulation strategies recommended by teachers Based on classroom instructional practices Requires student to compare or assess critical attributes Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks FCAT-like Practice Items

17 FCAT Explorer LETS STOP AND THINK Correct and incorrect responses identified Content questions embedded throughout passages modeling thought processes of good readers Recognition of crucial content in reading passages reinforced Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks FCAT-like Practice Items

18 FCAT Explorer Answer Explanations for Three-Response SRs Correct answer: No credit given Description of why this response received no credit Compare this answer: Partial credit given Answer attributes and discrepancies supplied Incorrect answer: Full credit given Attributes that justify the assigned score Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks FCAT-like Practice Items

19 FCAT Explorer Essential Support for Passages Illustrate crucial passage content Support items written on research benchmark (LA.A and LA.A ) Supply critical additional information on the topic Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks MAPS, TABLES, AND CHARTS

20 FCAT Explorer Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Special Features

21 FCAT Explorer Special Features Allows students to preview item stems (not answer choices) Helps students establish a purpose for reading Teacher requested feature SEE QUESTIONS Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks See Questions

22 FCAT Explorer Linked (blue) words in passage Ear icon to hear word pronounced Definition Example sentence to show use Spanish and Haitian Creole translations GLOSSARY Student can click the word species to go to that glossary entry Passage Glossary Entry Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Special Features

23 FCAT Explorer Shows the number of items attempted for each benchmark Gives percentage of items answered correctly Includes daily, school- year, and custom reports Accessible from Base Camp Explorers Report Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Special Features

24 FCAT Explorer Available any time from the Base Camp menu Land, sea, and space modules link to passages and items Red circle items allow students to try again CHALLENGE LIST Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Special Features

25 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

26 FCAT Explorer HIGH-INTEREST PASSAGE TOPICS Topics drawn from other subject areas in the Sunshine State Standards Passages reviewed by 4 th grade teachers for potential to interest struggling 4 th grade students Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

27 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features VIDEO LOG Accessible from the Base Camp Shows animated stories about the Reading Odyssey Awards new chapters upon completion of four planets Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

28 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Earn points for correct answers Play one of five vocabulary games upon completing three passages and accompanying items ANIMATED VOCABULARY GAMES Scoring tally for correct responses Repetition of questions for incorrect responses Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

29 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Reinforce important ideas in the passage Pique curiosity Maintain attention & endurance Help students perceive reading as an interesting activity PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

30 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

31 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Classroom Teachers Desk District Administrators Desk School Administrators 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 Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

32 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 Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks At the Classroom Teachers Desk

33 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 help parents reinforce benchmarks and skills Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

34 FCAT Explorer Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Linked From the Home Page Download this PowerPoint presentation Download the School Administrators Desk Manual Download the Teachers Desk Manual Reading Focus Overview Math Focus Overview Program-specific presentations Download other presentations Educator Resources Page

35 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 Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

36 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 Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks

37 FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks


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