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About the The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0)

What is the The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0)?

State Testing Information for Florida

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General Description of the Tests

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0)

The FCAT 2.0 measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The transition from the FCAT to the FCAT 2.0 will be phased in, with 2011 FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics being the first assessments to begin this transition. FCAT 2.0 Science will be administered to students for the first time in the spring of 2012, and the writing assessment will continue to be administered through 2014. New Achievement Levels for FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics were approved in 2011 through a standard-setting process. This process will be followed again for FCAT 2.0 Science in the fall of 2012.

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

  • Grades: 3-11
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science
  • Made up of two kinds of tests:

  • - A criterion-referenced test (CRT), which measures how well students are meeting the Sunshine State Standards
    - A norm-referenced test (NRT), which allows educators and parents to compare Florida student performance with the performance of students nationwide

Stanford 10 or SAT-10

  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics
  • The norm-referenced (NRT) component of the FCAT

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Grades: 4, 8, 12
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Writing, Science
  • An assessment that reports academic achievement of our Nation’s students and allows comparison within a state by subgroup, across states and regions of the country, and with the nation as a whole
  • The nation’s only ongoing survey of what students know and can do in various subject areas
  • Reports performance by subgroups of students, e.g., by gender, racial/ethnic group, English Language Learners (ELL), and participation in exceptional education programs


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Test Descriptions

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

Reading

  • Contains passages (articles, stories, and poems) from books, magazines, and other publications. Students are expected to read and analyze the passages and answer questions based on the passages.
  • Questions are presented in two formats: multiple-choice and performance tasks, which require short or long written answers.

Writing

  • Students in Grades 4, 8, and 10 are assigned a topic (prompt) to write about within a designated time period.
  • Grade 4 students response to a prompt that asks them to either explain (expository writing) or tell a story (narrative writing).
  • Grades 8 and 10 students response to a prompt that asks them to either explain (expository writing) or persuade (persuasive writing).

Mathematics

  • Requires students to solve numerical problems taken from real-life situations
  • Questions are presented in three formats: multiple-choice, performance tasks, or gridded response.

Science

  • Requires students to apply science knowledge and concepts to real-world situations


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Links
Florida Testing
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
FCAT Web Brochure
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)


 
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