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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Science Mission: Biology From the Florida Department of Education Program Overview

3 FCAT Explorer 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 Interactive practice program Science Mission: Biology

4 FCAT Explorer Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and DOEs 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 Science Mission: Biology

5 FCAT Explorer 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 Science Mission: Biology

6 FCAT Explorer 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) Science Mission: Biology

7 FCAT Explorer 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 Science Mission: Biology

8 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Science Mission: Biology

9 FCAT Explorer 1 ST Attempt Correct Learning Guidance Congratulations! Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Confirms the elements that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application Science Mission: Biology

10 FCAT Explorer 1 ST Attempt Incorrect Learning Guidance 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. Science Mission: Biology

11 FCAT Explorer 2 nd Attempt For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces accurate skill application For INCORRECT answer, the CAE: Learning Guidance Identifies correct answer Explains why the answer the student chose was incorrect Science Mission: Biology

12 FCAT Explorer Practice Items Science Mission: Biology

13 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Items Same formatting details as on the FCAT Same notation conventions as on the FCAT Multiple Choice (MC) Science Mission: Biology

14 FCAT Explorer 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 Science Mission: Biology

15 FCAT Explorer 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. Short-Response (SR) FCAT-like Practice Items Science Mission: Biology

16 FCAT Explorer 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 students original composition to high-score sample response OR in Physical/Chemical Science Mission: Biology

17 FCAT Explorer 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 students original composition to high-score sample response OR in Physical/Chemical Science Mission: Biology

18 FCAT Explorer Special Features Science Mission: Biology

19 FCAT Explorer Vocabulary Exercises Special Learning Features Review key words associated with the benchmark Review definition and application of knowledge Exercise completion features definition matching Science Mission: Biology

20 FCAT Explorer 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 Special Learning Features Science Mission: Biology

21 FCAT Explorer Special Learning Features Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement CHALLENGE LIST Science Mission: Biology

22 FCAT Explorer Animated Vocabulary Games Special Learning Features Play one of three vocabulary games after completing a group of benchmarks Includes repetition of question for incorrect responses Science Mission: Biology

23 FCAT Explorer 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 Science Mission: Biology

24 FCAT Explorer Linked (blue) words in first incorrect response Click speaker icon to hear word pronounced Definition Spanish and Haitian Creole translations GLOSSARY Special Learning Features Science Mission: Biology

25 FCAT Explorer Special Learning Features Reference Sheet From any item page, students can review important formulas for solving problems Based on actual FCAT reference sheet Science Mission: Biology

26 FCAT Explorer Special Learning Features Interactive Calculator Fully functional calculator Accessible from any item page Science Mission: Biology

27 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Science Mission: Biology

28 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Classroom Teachers Desk District Administrators Desk School Administrators Desk Curriculum resources Table of Strands and Benchmarks Item Review Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Science Mission: Biology

29 FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View science data by Benchmark or Strand Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At The Classroom Teachers Desk Science Mission: Biology

30 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 New Generation Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT 2.0 Science Mission: Biology

31 FCAT Explorer Linked from the home page Download this PowerPoint presentation Download the School Administrators Desk Manual Download the Teachers Desk Manual Program-specific presentations Download other presentations Visit the Educator Resources Page Science Mission: Biology

32 FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Science Mission: Biology

33 FCAT Explorer 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) Science Mission: Biology

34 FCAT Explorer Log on to FCAT Explorer! Science Mission: Biology


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