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FCAT Science Update. Presentation to Florida Association of Science Supervisors October 2007. Presentation Topics. Student Performance in Science 2007 Released Tests Lessons Learned for Science Training Materials CD SSS Revisions FCAT Explorer Other news. Student Performance In Science.

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fcat science update

FCAT Science Update

Presentation to Florida Association of Science Supervisors

October 2007

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

presentation topics
Presentation Topics
  • Student Performance in Science
  • 2007 Released Tests
  • Lessons Learned for Science
  • Training Materials CD
  • SSS Revisions
  • FCAT Explorer
  • Other news

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

student performance in science

Student Performance In Science

Find more information on

DOE website

www.fldoe.org

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

fcat science achievement levels
FCAT Science Achievement Levels

Increase in the percentage of students scoring in level 3, 4, and 5 since the test began in 2003

  • Grade 5 - 14%
  • Grade 8 - 10%
  • Grade 11 – 8%

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

students still struggle with
Students Still Struggle with
  • Gridded response items (grades 8 and 11)
    • Using the reference sheet and periodic table
  • Short and extended response items
    • Writing to explain at 2 point level (SR) and 3 and 4 point level (ER)
    • ER benchmarks
      • Grade 5 – SC.C.2.2.4, SC.D.1.2.4, SC.H.1.2.2
      • Grade 8 – SC.B.1.3.1, SC.H.1.3.5
      • Grade 11 – SC.G.2.4.2, SC.H. 1.4.1

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

some things grade 5 students have difficulty explaining
Some things grade 5 students have difficulty explaining
  • Energy transfers through a food chain
  • The effects of forces on objects
  • Erosion and weathering, and their results
  • Relationship between Earth’s tilt, the amount of direct sunlight and seasons
  • Adaptation in animals and plants in relationship to survival needs

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

some things grade 8 students have difficulty with
Some things grade 8 students have difficulty with
  • Explaining the difference between weight and mass, and between mass and volume
  • Solving problems using the formulas for work, efficiency, frequency, acceleration,
  • Demonstrating understanding of the terminology associated with wave properties
  • Explaining energy conversions and energy ‘lost’ as heat
  • Recognizing that friction is a force that opposes forward motion

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

some things grade 11 students have difficulty with
Some things grade 11 students have difficulty with
  • Understanding the factors that affect rates of reactions
  • Demonstrating understanding of the periodic table
  • Applying the Laws of Conservation Mass and Energy
  • Relating events on Earth to movements of the Earth, Sun, and Moon
  • Designing a scientific experiment (writing a procedure)
  • Analyzing data for trends or to form a conclusion

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

content focus reports
Content Focus Reports
  • Provide information on which benchmarks were tested for a given year
  • Available for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing
  • Show the content tested for each benchmark
  • Indicate the number of points possible on the test at each benchmark
  • Include only items that count toward a student’s score

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

2007 released tests
2007 Released Tests
  • Expected release next month
    • www.fldoe.org/fcatpub2.asp
  • 2 PDF versions – one with answer key and one without
  • FCAT Reading and Mathematics – grades 5 and 6
  • FCAT Science – grade 8

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

released test information
Released Test Information
  • The answer key shows:
    • % students selecting the correct answer for MC items
    • % students selecting the incorrect answer options for MC items
    • % correct for GR items
    • Score point frequency for performance tasks

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

more on released tests
More on Released Tests
  • The answer key also shows:
    • the benchmark assessed and the benchmarks also assessed
    • the content focus for each item
    • the content difficulty (cognitive complexity) for each item

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

a reminder
A Reminder….
  • The percentage of students who got the answer right (p value) is not the same as the relative difficulty of the item
  • Scale scores are determined using the Item Response Theory (IRT)
  • See FCAT Handbook pages 60-62 for more information

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

released tests performance tasks
Released Tests Performance Tasks
  • 3 short response items
    • one of which is in Florida Inquires and on the training materials CD
  • 1 extended response item
    • first released extended response item
  • a single example of a top score response for each performance task

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

anticipated release fall 2008
Anticipated Release Fall 2008
  • 2008 FCAT Science grade 5
  • Writing+ tests
  • Decisions to release are based on available funding and item pool

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

lessons learned document
Lessons Learned Document

FCAT Science

  • Student performance data 2003 – 2006
  • Trends by reporting cluster
    • What students are successful doing
    • What students have challenges doing
    • Instructional Implications
  • Release in fall 2008

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

training materials cd
Training Materials CD
  • Shipped annually to districts in late July
  • Two sets of responses with scoring notes (annotations)
    • Anchor set – used to illustrate the scoring criteria
    • Qualifying set – one of three sets used to ‘test’ readers understanding of the scoring criteria
    • Total of 20 papers

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

fcat explorer
FCAT Explorer
  • Grade 5 science program now available
  • Grade 8 science program expected to be available in January 2008
  • Grade 11 science program expected in June 2008
  • Access FCAT Explorer athttp://www.fcatexplorer.com

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

implementation plan for new standards
Implementation Plan for New Standards
  • Year One – become familiar with new standards
  • Year Two – integrate new standards into curriculum and professional development
  • Year Three – begin assessment of new standards
  • Adopt, Integrate, Adapt

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

anticipated changes to test based on new standards

rigor

content

Anticipated Changes to Test Based on New Standards

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

new standards for mathematics
New Standards for Mathematics
  • Content Advisory met in April and August to review new standards
  • Grade level benchmarks, K-8 and Bodies of Knowledge, 9 -12
  • New Item Specifications expected in early spring
  • www.flstandards.org

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

mathematics timeline
Mathematics Timeline
  • Item writers begin writing to new standards, spring 2008
  • Item review for new standards test items, fall 2008
  • Field testing new items, spring 2010
  • First year operational assessment of new standards, 2011
  • Achievement levels reported, 2012

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

fcat science timeline
FCAT Science - Timeline

Using the existing FCAT Schedule and Anticipated Science Standards Review

  • Content Advisory Committee to consider new standards and make recommendations on what/how to test (October 2007 and spring 2008)

If the State Board Approves Standards January 2008, then

  • Preparations for new item specifications
  • Include field test items for new standards in test (2011)
  • New tests and scores (2012)
  • Report scores with achievement levels (2013)

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

budget impacts
Budget Impacts
  • Florida Reads, Solves, Inquires, Writes will no longer be produced
  • Possible loss of or cutbacks to:
    • Parent Network
    • Computer Based Testing – delay in broader implementation
    • Staff travel and meetings
    • Other(s) ?

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

writing news
Writing+ News
  • Grade 10 test will have only one prompt beginning in 2008
  • No change to the assessment needed
  • Graduation requirement ? – stay tuned

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

sign up for fdoe news
Sign Up for FDOE News

For the latest information from FDOE join the paperless system:

  • www.firn.edu/doe/menu/communications.htm

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

test development center contact information
Test Development Center Contact Information

Florida Department of Education - October 2007

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