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1 Florida Department of Education’s FCAT Explorer
BRIEF OVERVIEW

2 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

3 Access to all programs 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

4 Practice Programs

5 MATH PROGRAMS READING PROGRAMS SCIENCE PROGRAMS Math Station: Elementary Mathematics Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Galactic Library: rd Grade Benchmarks Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Reading Factory: th Grade Benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: th Grade Benchmarks Reading Timeline: th Grade Benchmarks Science Station: Elementary Science Science Voyager: Middle School Science Science Mission: Biology

6 Reading, Math, and Science Practice
Updated to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the DOE’s Test Item & Performance Task Specifications Practice items provide explicit reinforcement of the FCAT 2.0-tested benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks

7 Reading, Math, and Science Practice
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

8 Special Features GLOSSARY CHALLENGE LIST Click linked (blue) words
Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Click linked (blue) words Click ear icon to hear word pronounced Spanish and Haitian Creole translations CHALLENGE LIST Links directly to incorrect items Helps students focus on skill improvement Reading Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks

9 Reading Practice PASSAGES
Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest

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

11 FCAT Explorer Reading Programs
Reading Odyssey: 4th 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 FCAT Explorer Reading Programs
Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks Adaptive Support Instructional games reinforce vocabulary 27 reading passages 253 multiple-choice, short-, and open-response items

13 FCAT Explorer Reading Programs
Reading Boardwalk: 8th 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 FCAT Explorer Reading Programs
Reading Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks Includes a pre-test and post-test for those in 10th grade and above Features 8 remedial reading comprehension lessons 23 reading passages 250 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open- response items

15 Math Practice Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest Item topics drawn from other subject area standards Science Social Studies The Arts Health Education Physical Education Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

16 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 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 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 Science Practice Reviewed by teachers for difficulty level, age-appropriate content, and student interest Updated content reflects the New Generation Sunshine State Standards used for FCAT 2.0 Science Station: Elementary Science

20 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 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 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 Instructional Support

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

25 Instructional Support
1ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Feedback and tools help student figure out correct answer Common error feedback in math programs offers suggestions for how to think about the problem Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

26 Instructional Support
Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks 2nd 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

27 Educators’ Tools

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

29 Student Performance Reports
Classroom Teacher’s Desk Features Student Performance Reports 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

30 School Administrator’s Desk Features
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

31 District Administrator’s Desk Features
Review school, teacher, and class information Review monthly reports on student activity and performance by district or school

32 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 Visit the Educator Resources Page
Linked from the home page Download this PowerPoint presentation Download the School Administrator’s Desk Manual Download the Teacher’s Desk Manual Download other PowerPoints Reading Focus Overview Math Focus Overview Program-specific presentations

34 To get sign-in names & 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)

35 Log on to FCAT Explorer!


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