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1 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com BRIEF OVERVIEW Florida Department of Educations FCAT Explorer

2 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com A students 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 www.fcatexplorer.com Practice Programs

5 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Reading Odyssey: 4 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Factory: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Reading Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Math Station: Elementary Mathematics Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Math Timeline: High School Mathematics MATH PROGRAMSREADING PROGRAMSSCIENCE PROGRAMS Science Station: Elementary Science Science Voyager: Middle School Science Science Mission: Biology

6 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Reading, Math, and Science Practice Updated to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the DOEs Test Item & Performance Task Specifications Practice items provide explicit reinforcement of the FCAT 2.0-tested benchmarks

7 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 area standards Math Navigator: Middle School Science Reading, Math, and Science Practice

8 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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: High School Mathematics

9 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Reading Practice Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest PASSAGES

10 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Factory: 6 th Grade Benchmarks Adaptive Support Instructional games reinforce vocabulary 27 reading passages 253 multiple-choice, short-, and open-response items

13 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Timeline: 10 th Grade Benchmarks Includes a pre-test and post-test for those in 10 th grade and above 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 www.fcatexplorer.com Math Practice Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Item topics drawn from other subject area standards Science Social Studies The Arts Health Education Physical Education

16 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Station: Elementary Mathematics Motivational instructional games reinforce math skills Item topics drawn from areas of health, sports, history, and geography 162 multiple-choice, gridded-, and short- response questions

17 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT 2.0 Item topics drawn from areas of science, history, health, art, and music 146 multiple-choice, gridded-, and short-response items

18 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT 2.0 Timeline-themed navigation places items in a variety of historical periods 320 multiple-choice and gridded-response items Math Machine includes 6 remedial lessons

19 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Science Practice Reviewed by teachers for difficulty level, age- appropriate content, and student interest Science Station: Elementary Science Updated content reflects the New Generation Sunshine State Standards used for FCAT 2.0

20 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com FCAT Explorer Science Programs Science Station: Elementary Science Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts Annually assessed benchmarks include context dependent items 200 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and context- dependent items

21 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Science Voyager: Middle School Science Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts Remedial lessons available 256 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open- response items

22 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Science Mission: Biology 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 168 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open- response items

23 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Instructional Support

24 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com Feedback and tools help student figure out correct answer 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Common error feedback in math programs offers suggestions for how to think about the problem Instructional Support Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

26 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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: High School Mathematics Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

27 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Educators Tools

28 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Classroom Teachers 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 www.fcatexplorer.com 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 skill or passage Compare percentage correct before and after Learning Guidance Classroom Teachers Desk Features Student Performance Reports

30 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 Administrators Desk Features

31 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Review school, teacher, and class information Review monthly reports on student activity and performance by district or school District Administrators Desk Features

32 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 programs, the New Generation Sunshine State Standards, and the FCAT 2.0

33 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 PowerPoints Visit the Educator Resources Page

34 From the Florida Department of Education FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com 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 www.fcatexplorer.com Log on to FCAT Explorer! www.fcatexplorer.com


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