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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Program Overview From the Florida Department of Education www.fcatexplorer.com

3 FCAT Explorer Leaping Lemurs Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Interactive program offers practice on the FCAT- tested benchmarks Reinforces reading comprehension skills Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

4 FCAT Explorer Fidelity with the Official FCAT Strict adherence to the 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 Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks The Wind Cars of China

5 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 Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

6 FCAT Explorer The Galactic Librarys Adaptive Support Model Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

7 FCAT Explorer Automatically adjusts readability level and instructional support level based on students success with practice questions Materials at both levels derived from 3 rd grade benchmarks only difference is readability Adaptive Support Model INDIVIDUALIZED ADAPTIVE SUPPORT Scalloping Amazing Spider Webs Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

8 FCAT Explorer When student struggles at 3 rd grade level, program moves to 2 nd grade level When student succeeds at 2 nd grade level, program seamlessly moves back to 3 rd grade Same 3 rd grade benchmarks at both levels only difference is readability 1.ADAPTIVE READING LEVEL Rabbits Tug-of-War 2 nd grade readability level Mapmaking 3 rd grade readability level Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Adaptive Support Model

9 FCAT Explorer Word Click: Click to hear any word Embedded questions: Interim comprehension checks Three levels for both sets of materials Full Support: 2.ADAPTIVE SUPPORT LEVEL Moderate Support: Embedded questions only No Support: Neither Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks Adaptive Support Model

10 FCAT Explorer Passages and Practice Items Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

11 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Same average length and reading level as the FCAT Same genres: poems, plays, articles and stories Engaging illustrations reinforce important ideas PASSAGES Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

12 FCAT Explorer Same average number of items per passage as on the FCAT FCAT-like Practice Rigorous item development process Written by professional item writers Reviewed, edited and approved by teachers Revised as needed based on statistical item analysis PRACTICE ITEMS Number of items per skill based on teacher recommendation for struggling readers No fewer than 5 items per skill From 5 to 50 items per Benchmark Same types of items as on the FCAT Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

13 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice MULTIPLE CHOICE (MC) Careful review of every item for psychometric criteria Item clearly supports the skill All answer choices are parallel (e.g., in grammatical form) Only plausible choices One clearly best answer Correct answer supported in the text Vocabulary question Comprehension question Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

14 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

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

16 FCAT Explorer Hint (for vocabulary questions) See Clues (for comprehension questions) 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Takes student back to passage Student reviews highlighted clues Hint See Clues Instructional Support Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

17 FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces effective skill application For INCORRECT answer, CAE helps student understand why the correct answer is correct Instructional Support Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

18 FCAT Explorer Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

19 FCAT Explorer FLUENCY LIST Glossary & Vocabulary Exercise words Easy-to-use chart for recording progress Effective pre-reading activity Available from School Administrators Desk and Classroom Teachers Desk Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

20 FCAT Explorer Precede each passage Teach five potentially challenging words Word recognition Phonics Definition Meaning in context VOCABULARY EXERCISES Engage students and increase confidence & success If student selects incorrect answer, correct answer flashes Review of all five words Syllables appear in dynamic visual beat Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

21 FCAT Explorer Purpose for Reading statements precede each passage to help establish good comprehension habits PURPOSE FOR READING STRATEGIES See Questions feature allows students to preview item stems (not answer choices) Click See Questions icon (magnifying glass) Purpose for Reading statement Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

22 FCAT Explorer Click linked (blue) words in passage Click ear icon to hear word pronounced Word spelled & in syllables Definition & sample sentence Spanish and Haitian Creole translations GLOSSARY Student can click the word hundreds to go to that Glossary entry Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

23 FCAT Explorer Reinforces re-reading the passage to find correct answer Student must go to every page containing clues related to that question After going to every page with relevant clues, student gets second attempt SEE CLUES Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

24 FCAT Explorer Links directly to items answered incorrectly Helps students focus on skill improvement Accessible through the Planet Roomjust click the red circles to try a question again! MY CHALLENGE LIST Special Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

25 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

26 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Captain FrogHopkinsWordsworth Melville Eureka Characters accompany students on a mission Students earn animated pleasure reading selections by completing items ANIMATED CHARACTERS Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

27 FCAT Explorer Four different game-like activities Each activity reviews words from one set of Vocabulary Exercises VOCABULARY ACTIVITIES Motivational Features Word Wall Space Stories Space WordsAsteroid Blasteroid Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

28 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

29 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Classroom Teachers Desk District Administrators Desk School Administrators Desk Curriculum resources Skills Location Map Table of Benchmarks and Skills Item Review Letter to Parents Information management tools Sign-in names and passwords Progress Reports Messages to students Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

30 FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View reading data by Benchmark, Skill, or Passage View math data by Benchmark, Strand, or Theme View Science data by Benchmark or Strand Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At the Classroom Teachers Desk Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

31 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 Sunshine State Standards and the FCAT Provides Everyday Activities to reinforce Benchmarks and Skills Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

32 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 Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

33 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 Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

34 FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password 1-888-750-FCAT 1-888-750-3228 Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks

35 FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! www.fcatexplorer.com Galactic Library: 3 rd Grade Benchmarks


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