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FCAT Parent Night. Grassy Lake Elementary Third Grade. Why in 3 rd Grade?. In third grade, the focus shifts from learning to read , to reading to learn Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects.
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FCAT Parent Night Grassy Lake Elementary Third Grade
Why in 3rd Grade? • In third grade, the focus shifts from learning to read, to reading to learn • Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects.
By the end of third grade, students are expected to read independently. • FCAT tests evaluate the skills your child has been learning from Kindergarten.
Format of FCAT Tests • Third graders are tested in reading and mathematics. • Multiple Choice Tests • Time Limit • Reading • Two Tests 70 Minutes Each • Math • Two Tests 70 Minutes Each
FCAT Results • Results may not be returned until sometime in late May or into June. • Scoring- • Level 5 is highest • Level 3 is considered “on grade level” • Level 1 is lowest • Reading Level 1 = Demonstrates “little success with the content of the grade three reading Sunshine State Standards.”
Important Test Taking Strategies • Re-read the question. • Go back and underline – looking for answers and/or clues. • Identify key words or phrases as you read. • Compare what you find to the answer choices. • Use Process of Elimination, and if necessary, make an educated guess. • Use time wisely. • Check, check, check your work!!
Parent Responsibilities • Work with your child nightly. (FCAT Explorer and nightly homework) • Be your child’s cheerleader. • Remind them they are ready to take the test. • Without causing stress, convey the importance of these tests. • Make sure your child gets proper rest. • Great breakfast • Nutritional, and not high in sugar.
FCAT Dates and Times • April 15th- 16th Reading • April 17th-18th Math • Please make sure your child arrives on time (8:10-8:20) to school.
Helpful Websites http://www.fcatexplorer.com/ http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcatsmpl.asp http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ http://bit.ly/Grade3SEonline