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					Sunset Elementary Presents:

FCAT
2008-2009

Parent Workshop

•Florida •Comprehensive •Assessment •Test

Purpose
• Assesses student achievement in reading, math, science and writing

In which grades will my child take the FCAT?

•Reading and Math
rd, 3

•Writing

th 4

and 5th grades

4th grade

•Science

5th grade

When will my child take the FCAT?

• Writing
– February 10th - 12th, 2009

• Reading, Math, and Science
– March 10th - 19th, 2009

Results
Expected in May/June
Reading, Math and Science scores are on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest Writing scores are on a scale of 1-6, with 6 being the highest

Question Responses
• Multiple Choice • Gridded Response • Short Response • Extended Response

• Worth 1 point each • Select one out of four choices

Multiple Choice

Gridded Response
(Math only)
• Worth 1 point each • Numeric answer is written and bubbled in columns • Must be right or left justified • If decimal is present, must be aligned with decimal

Short Response
• Worth up to 2 points • Should take about 5 minutes

Extended Response
• Worth up to 4 points • Should take 10-15 minutes

Which types of questions will my child see?

• 3rd grade
• 4th grade

– Reading and Math- Multiple choice – Reading-Multiple choice, short response and extended response – Math-Multiple Choice – Writing-Narrative or Expository essay in response to a topic – Reading-Multiple choice – Math- Multiple choice, gridded response short response, and extended response – Science-Multiple choice, short response and extended response

• 5th grade

FCAT WRITING CONTENT
FOCUS
Demonstrates a main idea or theme & stays on topic

ORGANIZATION Follows a plan that includes an
introduction, effective transitional devices, & a conclusion

SUPPORT

Includes use of specific details & precise word choice to explain, clarify, or define meaning
Demonstrates knowledge of the basic skills of punctuation, capitalization, spelling, usage, & sentence structure

CONVENTIONS

In FCAT Writing for Grades 4, 8, and 10, students produce draft writing that is scored with an emphasis on four content areas. Trained scorers evaluate a student’s response for its overall quality rather than focusing exclusively on any one aspect.

FCAT SCIENCE CONTENT
PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SCIENCES EARTH & SPACE SCIENCES LIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

SCIENTIFIC THINKING

• describes matter & its properties

• explains weather systems

• identifies atoms, • recognizes rocks elements, mixtures, & minerals & compounds • describes the • explains energy, solar system & its forms & universe interaction with matter • explains Earth’s changes over time • explains motion & identifies force

• identifies & explains plants, animals, & life processes
• recognizes the importance of conservation of natural resources • describes the interactions of plants, animals, & the environment

• applies scientific approaches to problem solving
• recognizes patterns & systems within nature • recognizes the impact of technology on society

FCAT Mathematics covers five content strands as per the SSS. Students in Grades 3–10 respond to questions from each of these areas, but the emphasis on each strand varies from grade to grade.

FCAT MATHEMATICS CONTENT
NUMBER SENSE
MEASUREMENT

GEOMETRY

ALGEBRA

DATA ANALYSIS

• identifies +, –, x, ÷ & knows their purpose •determines estimates • knows how numbers are represented & used

•recognizes measurements & units of measure •compares, contrasts, & converts measurements

• describes, draws, identifies, & analyzes two- & three-dimensional shapes • visualizes and illustrates changes in shape • uses coordinate geometry

• describes, analyzes, & generalizes patterns, relations, & functions • writes and uses expressions, equations, inequalities, graphs, & formulas

• organizes, interprets, & analyzes data • identifies patterns & makes predictions, inferences, & valid conclusions • uses probability & statistics

FCAT Reading measures Grades 3-10 students’ ability in four areas. The content becomes more challenging and contains specific differences as students progress from one grade level to the next.

FCAT READING CONTENT
WORDS & PHRASES IN CONTEXT MAIN IDEA, PLOT & PURPOSE COMPARISONS & CAUSE/EFFECT REFERENCE & RESEARCH

GRADES

3-5

• meaning of • main idea words in and supporting context details • word analysis • chronological order • author’s purpose in a simple text

• use of comparison & contrast • cause & effect relationships • similarities & differences among characters, settings, and events

• organization & interpretation of information

• plot development & conflict resolution

Strategies for Success

Reading
1. Read the questions 2. Read the captions under pictures, diagrams and/or charts 3. Read the selection 4. Reread the questions and look back in the selection

a. Eliminate impossible choices and choose the best answer.

Math & Science
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Read each question carefully and look for key words to provide a better understanding of how to solve the problem; choose a strategy. Determine which data is necessary; eliminate unnecessary data. Break the question into parts. Complete one part at a time and check off each part as it is completed. Reread the final question and make sure that your answer reflects an accurate and reasonable solution.

What can I do at home to help prepare my child for success?

• Encourage a positive attitude regarding learning • Show an active interest in what your child is doing at school
• Read daily to your child

– Check homework on a nightly basis – Show your child that reading is important; model reading

• Encourage your child to make predictions, classify, and make scientific inquiries, as well as mathematical discoveries, in everyday activities. • Build your child’s selfconfidence, and encourage him/her to do their best!

On a Daily Basis…
Your child should… • get plenty of sleep • eat balanced meals • arrive on time to school

•Do their best!!!!!!

ACCELERATED READER AND TICKET TO READ

ACCELERATED READER
Students are required to read a minimum of five books during each grading period. Books at their independent reading level and a minimum of 70% accuracy on the test are required.

•Students are encouraged to read more than five books to earn points and join point clubs. •Teachers take students to the media center every other week. Tests are taken in class or in the media center. •Accelerated reader complies with the independent reading portion of the CRRP.


				
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