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FCAT Explorer

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From the Florida Department of Education Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Program Overview

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FCAT Explorer Math Navigator: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Interactive program offers practice on the FCAT-tested benchmarks Reinforces math problem-solving skills Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Math Navigator: Middle 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 math teachers and professional item writers Items reviewed by instructional designers, testing specialists, bias reviewers, and professional editors Math Navigator: Middle 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 Experienced as FCAT Coach and/or Reading Coach Masters Degrees Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice FCAT-like practice on all 5 tested strands Algebra Geometry Statistics FCAT-like practice on all tested benchmarks 146 FCAT-like practice items: 104 Multiple Choice (MC) 30 Gridded-Response (GR) 12 Short-Response (SR) Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Multiple-choice question

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Same style, format, scope & cognitive level as on the FCAT Reviewed by teachers for interest & difficulty Number of items per benchmark based on teacher recommendation: Difficulty of benchmark Difficulty for struggling students Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Gridded-response question

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Item topics drawn from other subject area standards Science Social Studies The Arts Health Education Physical Education Social Studies topic: Algebra Motivating graphics reinforce math concept, important ideas in the subject matter, or both Every item presented in real-life problem-solving context Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Practice Items Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice 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 EXAMPLES Example from Algebra Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice 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 EXAMPLES Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Example from Geometry

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FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics Short-response items: Compare two responses & select the high score Simulation strategies recommended by teachers Based on classroom instructional practices Requires student to compare or assess critical attributes SHORT-RESPONSE

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FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT 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 Instructional Support Math Navigator: Middle 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 Click MORE HINTS to see additional Hints for Success Instructional Support Math Navigator: Middle 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 Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Special Features Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer GLOSSARY Click ear icon to hear word pronounced Spelling Definition Illustration, as appropriate Math terms & formulas included Math teachers selected the words and reviewed the definitions Helpful Tools Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Helpful Tools Reference Sheet 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 REFERENCE SHEET & CALCULATOR Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Displays corresponding strand Requires a 24-hour delay to ensure skill application, not copying the correct answer CHALLENGE LIST Strand Special Features Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer ENGAGING INTERFACE Motivational Feature Student chooses freely among 3 Explorations Within each Exploration, student chooses among 3 Themes Within each Theme, student selects a Trip Sense of exploration engages curiosity Student control increases motivation 3 Explorations 3 Themes per Exploration 3 Trips per Theme, containing items per Trip Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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

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FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Math Navigator: Middle 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 Navigator items Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View math data by Theme or Body of Knowledge Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At the Classroom Teachers Desk Math Navigator: Middle 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 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT 2.0 Provides Everyday Activities to help parents reinforce Benchmarks and Skills Math Navigator: Middle 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 PowerPoints Visit the Educator Resources Page Math Navigator: Middle 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 Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer School Principals: Contact your District Office and speak to the District Administrator for the FCAT Explorer Teachers: Contact your School Administrator for the FCAT Explorer FCAT Explorer Home Page (www.fcatexplorer.com) To get sign-in names & passwords Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! Math Navigator: Middle School Mathematics

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