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Ridgecrest Elementary School   and Center for Gifted Studies

FCAT Explorer at Ridgecrest
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Link to FCAT Explorer.com
FCAT Explorer is a free instructional web site produced by the Florida Department of Education. It's purpose is to help prepare students for the challenging FCAT test that our students take in grades 3-5 take every year.

The FCAT tests go far beyond the simple "bubble in the answer" tests of long ago! They are based on the Sunshine State Standards, and they are performance based tests, asking students to show what they know, by explaining their answers in many cases.

Ridgecrest Elementary has been a leader in Pinellas County in utilizing the FCAT Explorer web site to prepare students for these difficult tests. Starting in 2000, Ridgecrest teachers used FCAT Explorer in both 4th and 5th grades. Students are given FCAT Explorer time in school, and sometimes assigned sections of the site for homework. Students can log on at home or at school, and all of their results are compiled for their teachers. The web site prepares 4th graders for the Reading FCAT, and 5th graders for the Math FCAT. In some classes teachers in grade 3 also used the web site to give their students a head start.
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To use FCAT Explorer, a student is given a UserName and Password by his teacher. This UserName, and Password can be used both at home and at school. Students who do not have Internet access at home can use the program at the public library or other public places that provide Internet access.

Why should we use FCAT Explorer?


Students who used FCAT Explorer last year scored higher on their FCAT Tests. The web site is produced by the same people who write the test. The test gives students more than just practice on the test. It provides instruction on the questions that they miss! Teachers can use their own FCAT Explorer page to see how their students (individually or as a group) are doing on all the benchmarks and strands of the Sunshine State Standards. If your 4th, 5th, 8th, or 10th grader is not using FCAT Explorer at school, call the school to find out why! It's free, and available to all students in Florida.

We want your child to be a success in school. More and more, success in school is being tied to the FCAT tests. Log on to the FCAT Explorer site by clicking on the link at the top of this page. If for some reason that doesn't work, point your browser to www.fcatexplorer.com .

Read the parent information, and find out what your computer needs to make it work for you at home. There is even a place to click on to see if your computer has what it needs to run FCAT Explorer.
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