Students, teachers and staff at South Intensive Transition School geared up for success on the 2012 Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) 2.0/End-of-Course (EOC) exams through a student assembly on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Middle and high school students utilized classroom performance system (CPS) technology to judge the acts (teachers and staff) based on high complexity activities that were adapted from the FCAT 2.0 Reading test item specifications for grades 6-8 and 9-10. This included having students describe how the class act (e.g., content of the presentation, attire, attitude, performance) related to the FCAT 2.0/EOC, analyze the use of figurative language, determine the purpose and how it can be used to achieve success on FCAT 2.0/EOC, describe and illustrate how common themes are found among class acts, analyze the similarities and differences and evaluate the validity and reliability of information across all acts.
The class acts were Jazzy FCAT by Joan Clark, Ode to FCAT by Jacqueline Major, The FCAT Temptation by Mike Lawson, Cheaters Never Win by the office staff, Special Guest Appearance by Dr. Voncia Haywood, FCAT Morning by the BIA team, FCAT High School Dream Team by the high school team and FCAT Rap-Up by Mr. Martin. The student judges for middle school were Ben Garcon, James Cenatus, Marie Toussaint, Kevin Delgado, Sarah Duncan, Leanna Nimmons, Kenny Garey and Joseph Desina. The student judges for high school included Romansky Benoit, Edcel Fenelon, Derrick Joseph and O’Dean White.
Principal Dr. Voncia Haywood ensured that there was a focus on test taking strategies and use of high cognitive demand test item specifications to familiarize students with the rigor of FCAT 2.0/EOC. Dr. Haywood also shared FCAT Class Act Tips for success ranging from math and reading best practices to the importance of sleep and staying calm during the test. Staff had various comments on the impact of the student assembly on student and educator motivation.
Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator Mrs. Gayle Droze says, “Educators change lives with just the right mix of patience and challenges.”
Terrence Narinesingh, Instructional Specialist in Alternative Education says, “The students were engaged and interactive while using the unique CPS learning platform that provides real time actionable feedback and performance data. They are guaranteed success through the strategic data-driven targeting of items to the highest level of complexity as appropriate to the assessed benchmark.”
Cori Ceci, a middle school math teacher says, “The assembly was a great way to reward students for all the hard work and dedication they put into preparing for the FCAT.”
Amy Rick, a high school social studies teacher says, “The assembly was a fun and entertaining was to blow off steam before the FCAT.”
Dominick Coppola, a middle school teacher says, “The CPS clickers connect students to content in a way that’s familiar and fun.”
Monique Lambrou, middle school social sciences teacher says, “The assembly left them excited, energized, and motivated.”
Mike Lawson, an ESE math and science teacher says, “I think the kids really enjoyed all of the talents that the teachers put on. They answered all the FCAT 2.0 questions.”
For more information please contact Terrence Narinesingh at 561-649-6032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.