FCAT Test Maker, from Progress Testing, announced Monday that it is developing a Common Core crosswalk for Florida educators to assist them with their transition to Common Core standards. In addition, Progress Testing is lowering the price of all editions of its software to only $1,995 per school for an unlimited site license.
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Now with thousands of test items for the latest FCAT 2.0 Science for grades 5 and 8, along with Algebra I, Geometry, and Biology End-of-Course questions for high schools.
For the first time, Florida schools began administering the new FCAT 2.0 exams in Reading and Math during the past two weeks. These new tests measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine Standards (NGSSS). Starting next spring, Florida schools will implement the new FCAT 2.0 Science tests for Grades 5 and 8.
Great article on the future of computer-based assessments:
Educators and researchers alike are exploring how to employ technology to assess students in an authentic, meaningful way by embedding assessments into curricula and “scaffolding” them to help pinpoint where students are struggling. Technology also provides the capability for teachers to receive timely feedback from assessments to [...]
Getting students used to the testing environment is important for their success. The testing environment is so different from their usual classroom experience that it can become a major factor in test scores. To approximate a real testing environment, do the following:
Have students clear their desks and put all items away. Make sure that [...]
Classrooms that responded positively to survey questions tended to do better on state tests like the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.