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1 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

2 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
From the Florida Department of Education Science Mission: Biology Program Overview Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

3 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology Interactive practice program FCAT-like practice on all FCAT-tested strands and benchmarks Reinforces important science concepts Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

4 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and DOE’s Test Item and Performance Task Specifications Rigorous item development process Items drafted by science teachers and professional item writers Items reviewed by instructional designers, testing specialists, and professional editors Multiple choice item in Physical/Chemical Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Input from Exemplary Education Professionals Highly-qualified classroom teachers Recommended for expertise in subject area and grade level National Board Certified Members of the National Science Teachers Association and recipients of Presidential Teaching Awards Masters Degrees Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

6 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice FCAT-like practice on all tested strands and benchmarks 168 FCAT-like practice items 147 Multiple Choice (MC) 8 Context Dependent (CD) 10 Short Response (SR) 3 Extended Response (ER) Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Same style, format, scope and cognitive level as the FCAT Reviewed by teachers for interest and difficulty MC item in Earth and Space Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Instructional Support Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Learning Guidance 1ST Attempt Correct Congratulations! Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Confirms the elements that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Learning Guidance 1ST Attempt Incorrect Includes hints to clarify the question without giving away the answer Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Interactive glossary to review key concepts Click on Glossary Terms for definitions of more difficult science concepts. Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

11 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology Learning Guidance 2nd Attempt For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces accurate skill application For INCORRECT answer, the CAE: Identifies correct answer Explains why the answer the student chose was incorrect Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Practice Items Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Items Multiple Choice (MC) Same formatting details as on the FCAT Same notation conventions as on the FCAT Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Items Context Dependent Multiple Choice (CD) Students read a short passage Answer three multiple choice items based on passage content Students can review passage at any time Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Items Short-Response (SR) Students are presented with two sample student responses and are asked to select the high scoring answer Reinforces writing skills by comparing two sample answers. Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Items Open-Response (OR) Students compose original answers Read high-score sample response Read explanation of attributes that earn sample response a high score Compare student’s original composition to high-score sample response OR in Physical/Chemical Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

17 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology FCAT-like Practice Items Open-Response (OR) Students compose original answers Read high-score sample response Read explanation of attributes that earn sample response a high score Compare student’s original composition to high-score sample response OR in Physical/Chemical Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Features Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features Vocabulary Exercises Review key words associated with the benchmark Review definition and application of knowledge Exercise completion features definition matching Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features READ/INQIRE/EXPLAIN (RIE) ICON Available on SR, ER, and OR items Students click on the RIE icon to view rubric Students check items on rubric as they read Rubric helps students to identify elements included in high scoring answers Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features CHALLENGE LIST Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features Animated Vocabulary Games Play one of three vocabulary games after completing a group of benchmarks Includes repetition of question for incorrect responses Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features Bonus Missions: Review Lessons Students select from seven bonus missions to review key science skills 3 nature of science lessons How to Read the Periodic Table Plant and Animal Cells Active and Passive Transport Understanding Chemical Reactions Bonus Mission menu Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features GLOSSARY Linked (blue) words in first incorrect response Click speaker icon to hear word pronounced Definition Spanish and Haitian Creole translations Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features Reference Sheet From any item page, students can review important formulas for solving problems Based on actual FCAT reference sheet Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Special Learning Features Interactive Calculator Fully functional calculator Accessible from any item page Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Educators’ Tools Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Educators’ Tools Curriculum resources Table of Strands and Benchmarks Item Review Letter to Parents Classroom Teacher’s Desk School Administrator’s Desk Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students District Administrator’s Desk Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Student Performance Reports At The Classroom Teacher’s Desk Check progress on individuals or classes View science data by Benchmark or Strand Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology 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 New Generation Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT 2.0 Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology 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 presentations Program-specific presentations Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

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Science Mission: Biology Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

33 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology To get sign-in names and 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) Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001

34 Overview of the FCAT Explorer
Science Mission: Biology Log on to FCAT Explorer! Infinity Software Development, Inc. and the Florida Department of Education, 2001


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