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FCAT Explorer

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Math Timeline: High School Mathematics From the Florida Department of Education Program Overview

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FCAT Explorer Interactive program offers practice on all benchmarks tested on the high school math FCAT Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Math Timeline: High School Benchmarks Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the Next Generation 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 Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Input from Exemplary Education Professionals Highly-qualified classroom teachers Recommended for expertise in subject area and grade level National Board Certified Recipients of Teacher of the Year awards Presidential Award Winners Experienced FCAT Coach Masters Degrees TEACHER PIC HERE YO! Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice FCAT-like practice on all assessed benchmarks 320 FCAT-like practice items: 266 Multiple Choice 54 Gridded-Response Two-page multiple-choice item Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Topics drawn from other subject areas standards Science Social Studies The Arts Health Education Physical Education Engaging graphics reinforce math concept, important ideas in the subject matter, or both Every item presented in real-life problem-solving context Science Geography Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT Instructional Support Congratulations! Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) Confirms the elements that make an answer correct Reinforces effective skill application CAEs are carefully worded to convey more than one way to solve most problems Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Hints for Success to clarify the question without giving away the answer Common error feedback written specifically to correct common mistakes Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Instructional Support Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms & reinforces accurate skill application For INCORRECT answer, the CAE: Identifies correct answer Helps student solve similar problems in the future CAEs are carefully worded to convey more than one way to solve most problems Instructional Support Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Practice Items Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Students make calculations on paper, as needed Type number, slash, or decimal point into the grid and bubble fills in automatically Fractions not accepted until reduced to simplest form Program demonstrates how to fill in corresponding bubbles correctly GRIDDED-RESPONSE ITEM EXAMPLE FCAT-like Practice Items Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Same formatting details as used for test items on the FCAT 2.0 Same mathematical notation conventions as used on the FCAT 2.0 When possible, incorrect answer choices represent common errors MULTIPLE-CHOICE ITEM EXAMPLE FCAT-like Practice Items Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Special Features Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer ENGAGING INTERFACE Motivational Features Student chooses freely among 5 Time Periods Within each Time Period, student chooses among 4 Themes After selecting a Theme, student begins working practice items Sense of exploration engages curiosity Student control increases motivation Time Periods Student clicks Start to begin practicing Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Optional Navigation by Strand Motivational Features Student sees list of all items ranked from easiest to hardest. Same historically rich context for each item Student control increases motivation Student selects a subject Student clicks an item to begin practicing Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Motivational Features DETAILED ILLUSTRATIONS Reinforce important concepts and information Help pique curiosity Help maintain attention & endurance Help students perceive math as interesting and relevant Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Displays corresponding strand CHALLENGE LIST Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Offers five interactive lessons in Geometry and Spatial Sense Includes review of basic geometry concepts and vocabulary Offers increasingly difficult multiple choice practice items with detailed feedback REMEDIAL LESSONS Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Math Machine

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FCAT Explorer Provides real-world context for math concepts REMEDIAL LESSONS Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Math Machine

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FCAT Explorer Reviews vocabulary relevant to the benchmark REMEDIAL LESSONS Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Math Machine

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FCAT Explorer Features interactive activities to reinforce concepts REMEDIAL LESSONS Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Math Machine

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FCAT Explorer Provides practice multiple choice questions Results can be accessed from the Teachers Desk REMEDIAL LESSONS Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics Math Machine

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FCAT Explorer GLOSSARY Click ear icon to hear word pronounced Spelling and definition Illustration, as appropriate Helpful Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Reference Sheet Helpful Tools Online formula reference sheet with same content as on the FCAT 2.0 Online calculator with same functions as on the FCAT 2.0 Calculator Math Timeline: High School Mathematics REFERENCE SHEET & CALCULATOR

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FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Classroom Teachers Desk District Administrators Desk School Administrators Desk Curriculum resources Item Review provides a printable version of all Math Timeline items Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View math data by Theme, Strand, or Benchmark Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At the Classroom Teachers Desk Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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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 Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 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 Visit the Educator Resources Page Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 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 Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! Math Timeline: High School Mathematics

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