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2010-2011 FCAT ScienceThis years 5th grade assessment is aligned to the 1996 standards.Performance tasks will not be included on the FCAT Science assessment this spring. All assessment items will be multiple-choice. There will be 6065 items.Field Testing Items for FCAT 2.0 ScienceThe field testing of items written to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards will be embedded in this years 5th grade FCAT Science assessment.FCAT 2.0 ScienceThe first administration of the FCAT 2.0 Science assessment will be in the spring of 2012. This will be the baseline year.All items will be based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.The 5th grade assessment will be comprehensive based on the benchmarks from grades 3-5.All benchmark groupings will be annually assessed.All items will be multiple-choice.

FCAT 2.0 Science: reporting categoriesNature of ScienceEarth and Space SciencePhysical ScienceLife Science17 %29%29%25%Reporting categories:Nature of Science (17%)Earth and Space Science (29%)Physical Science (29%)Life Science (25%)

6FCAT 2.0 ScienceNot yet finalized:Length of assessment (how many questions)Administration times (how long each session will be)Achievement levels and cut scoresStandard setting to determine cut scores for achievement levels will be held in the fall of 2012.

Elementary ScienceContact InformationWendy Spielman: Managerspielw@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (561) 357-1152 PX21152

Chad Phillips: Program Plannerphillc@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (561) 357-1132 PX21132

Denise Nicholson: Specialistnichold@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (561) 434-8379 PX48379

Thomas Medcalf: Resource Teachermedcalft@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (561) 357-7626 PX47626

Elementary reading and writing

Main Differences Between 1996 and 2007 StandardsComparison and contrast standard requires use of multiple texts in addition to within one text in grades 4-10.One new standard (2.1.7) that addresses the use of descriptive, idiomatic, and figurative language has been added in grades 3-5.This will be tested for the first time on FCAT 2.0 in spring 2011 for grades 3-5.Two new standards (6.1.1 and 6.2.2) that deal with text features have been added.These will be tested for the first time on FCAT 2.0 in spring 2011.

Many elements between the 1996 Sunshine State Standards and the 2007 Sunshine State Standards are similar. The concept of main idea, for example, has not changed. There are some interesting differences, however, of which teachers should be aware. For example, the comparison and contrast standard requires students in grades 4-10 to compare elements across multiple texts rather than simply within one text. The benchmark 2.1.7 which addresses use of figurative language is being tested for the first time in grades 3-5. Grades 6-12 have tested this benchmark on the previous version of the FCAT. Additionally, two new standards, 6.1.1 and 6.2.2, are part of the 2007 standards yet were not included in the 1996 standards. Both benchmarks involve using text features including graphics, illustrations, bold and italic text, etc. to better understand a passage. FCAT 2.0 will be the first time these standards are tested. 10FCAT 2.0 What is Being Tested and When?Spring 2011 FCAT 2.0 Reading tests in Grades 3-10 align with the 2007 NGSSS.

No performance tasks in any grade.

The 2011 FCAT Writes remains unchanged in format.

The FCAT 2.0 will align with the new 2007 Sunshine State Standards. Diagnostics were created based on the new standards and item specifications. On FCAT 2.0, students will see a wider variety of text genres, longer passages, and more questions that involve multiple steps to answer. Students, however, will not see performance task items. These short and extended questions are not part of the FCAT 2.0. It should be noted that high school students who must retake the Grade 10 FCAT Reading test will be tested on the 1996 benchmarks as opposed to the 2007 standards. The FCAT Writes test remains unchanged. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will take the essay test as they have in the past. Fourth grade students will have either an expository or narrative prompt, while eighth and tenth grade students will write to either an expository or persuasive prompt. 11FCAT 2.0 Reading - ScoringItems written to 2007 standards were field tested in 2010. No cut scores have been set at this point.Standard setting will be held in September 2010.2011 scores will be linked back to the previous FCAT scale. Last years FCAT did include items that were part of a field test for the FCAT 2.0. These questions were not figured into last years scoring. Scores for FCAT 2.0 will be aligned to the developmental scale scores and five levels to which teachers have become accustomed. This process for setting cut scores, determining scores for each level, took place in September of 2010. 12

FCAT 2.0 Reading- Distribution of QuestionsThis breakdown allows teachers to see how much of the FCAT 2.0 will be divided into each of the four categories. The greatest difference between grades 3-7 and 8-10 is the increase in amount of questions regarding informational text and the research process. 13

FCAT 2.0 Reading Passage SamplesOn the FCAT 2.0, students will encounter a larger variety of text genres than they are used to seeing on standardized tests. Fiction such as short stories and poetry are staples of the FCAT. Now, drama pieces will also be included. Consumer documents such as warranties, manuals, contracts, as well as brochures and website pages are not options for texts. It is important for students to become accustomed to reading these type of materials. This real-world reading application will benefit students not only on FCAT, but also in their post-secondary education and career goals. 14The table above suggests approximate average lengths of texts. Texts lengths must not exceed the maximum number of words allowed at each grade level; however, poems may be shorter than the minimum indicated. FCAT 2.0 Reading Passage LengthsGrade% of Test using Literary Text% of Test using Informational TextRange of Number of Words per TextAverage Number of Words per Text360%40%100-700500450%50%100-900500550%50%200-1000600Passages on FCAT 2.0 are, on average, about 100 words longer than the previous FCAT. Reading endurance has always been an issue for students, but it is especially important now that they are used to independently reading texts of varying lengths. The average 10th grade passage, for example, is 1000 words which is roughly four typed pages before they encounter a question. 15

Elementary Reading and Writing Contact InformationBarbara Riemer: K-12 Literacy Managerriemerb@palmbeach.k12.fl.us(561) 357-1164 PX 21164

Kim Stansell-Towe: K-5 Reading Program Plannerstansell@palmbeach.k12.fl.us(561) 963-3882 PX 43882

Nikki Jones: K-5 Writing Program Plannerjonesni@palmbeach.k12.fl.us(561) 432-6399 PX 86399

Barbara Riemer: K-12 Literacy Manager riemerb@palmbeach.k12.fl.us(561) 357-1164

Kim Stansell-Towe: Reading Program lannerstansell@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (561) 963-3882 PX43882

Nikki Jones: Writing Program Planner

Nikki Jones: Program PlannerJonesni@palmbeach.k12.fl.us(561) 432-6399 PX86399

16FCAT 2.0 Update for Mathematics 3-5Adapted from presentation by Heather McKenzie and Linda Oakford, Test Development Center, FLDOE

Presentation for Elementary Assistant PrincipalsNovember 10, 2010Presented by Jean A. Giarrusso, Manager K-12 Mathematics


Student must go to the reference sheet to find the formula.

Fair Game Principle applies to all three grade levels

Example of Fair Game Principle This problem requires the 5th grade student to multiply whole numbers.Fluency with multiplication of whole numbers is a 4th grade standard Students use multiplication in this problem but testing multiplication is NOT the intent of this problem. This is an example of the fair game principle.32 Where do I find Gridded Response Practice?

Learning Village ----Grade 4 main page----SCROLL DOWN to bottom!!!

Learning Village ----Grade 5 main page----SCROLL DOWN to bottom!!!34FCAT 2.0 Sample Tests available at on Learning Village or at:


http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/fcatitem.asp#downloadNo printed sample tests will be sent!

Read last page of sample tests for grade 3 and grade 4 for printing directions!Otherwise you may not print an accurate ruler!For more information contact:

Jean A. Giarrusso, Manager K-12 Mathematics px48819 or434-8819

Tiana DuPont-Roundtree, Elementary Mathematics Program Planner

px 48833 or 434-8833

A look at cognitive complexityNorman Webbs Depth of KnowledgeUniversity of Wisconsin Center for Educational ResearchNorman Webbs Depth of Knowledge LevelsLow: Solve a one step problemRecall and recognize

Moderate: Requires multiple stepsFlexible thinking, informal reasoning, or problem solving

High: Requires analysis and abstract reasoningAbstract reasoning, planning, analysis, judgment, and creative thought

Cognitive Complexity Classification of FCAT Test Items, FLDOE January 2008. pp. 2-3Questions for FCAT 2.0, as well as our Districts diagnostic tests, were created using Norma Webbs Depth of Knowledge levels. Low level questions involve solving a one step problem. In reading, this involves questions that are answered directly in the passage or ones that require students to draw a simple conclusion. Moderate level questions require multiple steps. For ex