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1 FCAT Explorer

2 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks Program Overview From the Florida Department of Education

3 FCAT Explorer 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 Interactive practice program Reading Boardwalk: 8 th 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 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

5 FCAT Explorer Input from Education Professionals Exemplary 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 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

6 FCAT Explorer Passages and Practice Items Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

7 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice 60 passages written to support FCAT-like practice on all tested benchmarks Topics drawn from other Sunshine State Standards subject areas Science Social Studies The Arts Health & Physical Education PASSAGES Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

8 FCAT Explorer Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT Variety of passage types: poems, articles, and stories Reviewed by teachers for interest & readability Reinforced by photographs and illustrations FCAT-like Passages Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

9 FCAT Explorer Same average number of items per passage as on the FCAT FCAT-like Practice Items Rigorous item development process Written by professional item writers Reviewed and approved by teachers Revised as needed based on statistical item analysis 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 type, style, format, scope, & cognitive level as on the FCAT Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

10 FCAT Explorer 694 FCAT-like practice items: FCAT-like Practice 362 Multiple Choice 135 Short-Response 37 Extended-Response 52 Open-Response (OR/SR & OR/ER) 108 Main Idea Application (MC) Many items reflect real-world activities and situations PRACTICE ITEMS Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

11 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice MULTIPLE CHOICE (MC) Careful review of every item for psychometric criteria Item must clearly support skill Only plausible choices All answer choices are parallel (e.g., grammatical form) One clearly best answer Correct answer supported in the text Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

12 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice Items SIMULATED SRs & ERs Short-response items: Compare two responses & select the high score Extended-response items: Read one response & assign a high or partial score Simulation strategies recommended by teachers Based on classroom instructional practices Requires student to compare or assess critical attributes Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

13 FCAT Explorer FCAT-like Practice 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 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

14 FCAT Explorer LETS STOP AND THINK Content questions posed throughout passage Correct answer identified Highlighted selections in yellow suggest correct answers Recognition of crucial content in reading passages reinforced Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

15 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

16 FCAT Explorer 1 ST ATTEMPT CORRECT Auditory congratulations Correct answer explanation (CAE) Confirms which answer is correct Explains attributes that make the answer correct Provides option to review passage and confirm how passage supports correct answer Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

17 FCAT Explorer Informs student that selection is incorrect Delivers hint or takes student to yellow- highlighted passage offering guidance to correct answer 1 ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT Provides second chance to answer correctly Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

18 FCAT Explorer 2 nd ATTEMPT CORRECT or INCORRECT Congratulations or notification that selected answer is incorrect CAE (correct answer explanation) as well as feedback on the incorrect answer Option to review passage and confirm how passage supports correct answer Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

19 FCAT Explorer Instructional Support Main Idea Workshop Three-Step Strategy: Step 1Identify the Who or What Step 2Identify the Most Important Point Step 3Identify the Most Important Point about Who or What Utilizes interactive graphic approach with photographs Illustrates main idea concept in paragraphs and passages Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

20 FCAT Explorer Special Features Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

21 FCAT Explorer VIEW QUESTIONS Allows students to preview item stems (not answer choices) Helps students establish a purpose for reading Teacher-requested feature View Questions Special Learning Features Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

22 FCAT Explorer Linked (blue) words in passage Ear icon to hear word pronounced Definition Example to show use Spanish and Haitian Creole translations GLOSSARY Click the word nautical to view that glossary entry Passage Glossary entry Special Learning Features Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

23 FCAT Explorer Daily reports of student progress School Year reports of cumulative progress Custom reports for specific dates Explorers Report Shows the number of practice items attempted and percentage correct for each benchmark Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

24 FCAT Explorer Available any time from the Start Reading home page Displays performance results and allows access to incorrectly answered questions Helps students to be aware of areas of strength and weakness CHALLENGE LIST Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

25 FCAT Explorer Motivational Features Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

26 FCAT Explorer Animated Vocabulary Games Motivational Features Earn points for correct answers Play one of three vocabulary games upon completing three passages and accompanying items Scoring tally for correct responses Repetition of question for incorrect responses Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

27 FCAT Explorer HIGH-INTEREST PASSAGE TOPICS Motivational Features Topics drawn from other subject areas in the Sunshine State Standards Passages reviewed by 8 th grade teachers for potential to interest struggling 8 th grade students Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

28 FCAT Explorer PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS Motivational Features Reinforce important ideas in the passage Pique curiosity Maintain attention & endurance Help students perceive reading as an interesting activity Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

29 FCAT Explorer Educators Tools Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

30 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 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

31 FCAT Explorer Check progress on individuals or classes View reading data by benchmark, skill, or passage Compare percentage correct before and after instructional support Student Performance Reports At the Classroom Teachers Desk Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

32 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 help parents reinforce benchmarks and skills Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

33 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 Educator Resources Page Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

34 FCAT Explorer Toll-Free Help Desk Accessible from the home page without a password FCAT Weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

35 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 Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks

36 FCAT Explorer Log on to the FCAT Explorer! Reading Boardwalk: 8 th Grade Benchmarks


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