FCAT Explorer

Focus Your Instruction with a Free Resource from the Department of Education

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In support of Florida's Continuous Improvement Model, the Department of Education's Focus website offers free mini-assessments in reading, science, and math. Accessible with your FCAT Explorer sign-in name and password, Focus provides planning, assessment, and reporting tools for all public schools in Florida.

Assessments & Re-assessments for Grades 3-10, Algebra, Geometry, and Biology

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Focus lets you quickly analyze your students' strengths and weaknesses with online mini- assessments for all math and science benchmarks and reading foci. Each mini-assessment provides a set of five valid, FCAT-like test questions, plus a set of five parallel items for re-testing. As of August 2011, all Focus math and science content has been updated to support the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Reading content will aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards on the following schedule:

September 2011: Grades 3 and 4
December 2011: Grades 8, 9 and 10
March 2012: Grades 5, 6 and 7

A Single Sign-In Name and Password

Go to http://focus.florida-achieves.com and use your FCAT Explorer sign-in name and password to access your Focus Teacher's Desk. After you set up a class, your students can use their FCAT Explorer log-in and begin working on the assessments you open for them. If you don't have an FCAT Explorer password, please ask your FCAT Explorer School Administrator or call 1-888-750-3228.

Tools for Teachers

Tools for Teachers

Your Focus Teacher's Desk offers common sense planning and assessment tools to help you implement the Continuous Improvement Model:

  • At-a-Glance See summary information for a class, and learn more about the Plan-Do-Check-Act instructional cycle.
  • Class Options: Create or import classes from FCAT Explorer; manage and edit student information.
  • Calendar: Plan instructional units and schedule assessments. You can also coordinate with other teachers by viewing school and grade level/subject area events.
  • Reports: Review assessment results for one student or a whole class.
  • Tools/Resources: Preview the assessments your students will take, create instructional materials, and find additional assessment materials.