Class Notes: FCAT going through a revision of its own

JOE LANDON

We’ve been hearing so much for a year or more now about Windows 7.0 — TV commercial after commercial from people taking credit for the latest release of the Windows operating system software.

In each TV ad, we’ve endured PC user after PC user telling us that they actually came up with the idea that has become Windows 7.0. So, I say, enough of that already.

We’ll turn our attention now to FCAT 2.0. No, it’s not the latest, greatest software — even though there will be a computer-based version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. FCAT 2.0 is the new version of the test that your sons and daughters (our students) will be taking in the spring of 2011.

According to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), FCAT 2.0 will measure student achievement of the “next generation of the Sunshine State Standards.” There’ll be a transition from FCAT to FCAT 2.0 with FCAT 2.0 Reading and Math being used in the spring, and FCAT 2.0 Science being unveiled in 2012.

There’s a lot that moms and dads of students who will be taking FCAT 2.0 will want to and need to know. You may certainly explore an abundant amount of info online — and here’s the direct link (http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/). There’s a rather complete frequently asked questions list posted there. Or, you can take us up on our offering of a TV show chock full of the latest news about FCAT 2.0.

You are invited to watch the current edition of the Parent Connection TV show, on at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday over the next few weeks; it features two key members of the school district’s Learning Support Services Team who are heavily involved in the FCAT 2.0 planning on the local level.

The show can be seen on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99. Don’t have cable? We’ve got DVDs for the asking…just send an e-mail request to TVshow@collier.k12.fl.us. And the channel is streamed online, too, at www.collierschools.com. Tune in a little early for the chance to get up close and personal with the five Collier County School Board members including the newest, Barbara Berry. The five are guests on District Digest, on TV at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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