The Florida Department of Education produced the FCAT Handbook––A Resource for Educators to provide detailed information about the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in a single publication. Different facets of the test are explored including the history of the FCAT, test content, test format, test development and construction, test administration, scoring and reporting, and resources. The primary audience is Florida public school educators. Others who may be interested are Florida legislators, psychometricians, assessment professionals, parents, and the general public.
The FCAT Handbook focuses on the role of Florida teachers and administrators in every aspect of the FCAT including determining how the Sunshine State Standards should be assessed, reviewing test questions, determining how written response questions should be scored, interpreting test scores for parents/students, and providing input on aspects of the test administration process. The publication spotlights representative Florida educators and other citizens who have served on FCAT committees. It also provides a glossary of assessment terms and information about other Florida Department of Education resources available in print and online.
Note: The following files are in PDF format.
- (1) Cover Page and Memo
- (2) Table of Contents
- (3) Index of Tables
- (4) Index of Figures
- (5) Prologue: The Educator’s Role in the FCAT Process
- (6) Introduction
- (7) Background
- (8) Test Content and Format
- (9) Test Development and Construction
- (10) Administering the FCAT
- (11) Scoring the Test
- (12) Reporting FCAT Results
- (13) Glossary
- (14) Guide to Related Resources
- (15) Appendix A: Statistical Indicators Used in Test Data Analysis
- (16) Appendix B: Security Agreement
- (17) Appendix C: FCAT Newspaper Articles
- (18) Appendix D: Participation in FCAT Committees
- (19) Back Cover
Complete Handbook (4 MB)
Limitations on Use
The availability of the FCAT Handbook––A Resource for Educators does not extend to and specifically excludes any use for commercial purposes. All reproductions of this publication, or parts of this publication, must include the Florida Department of Education's copyright statement found on page 2 of the FCAT Handbook.
Instructions for Download
The FCAT Handbook––A Resource for Educators is available in Adobe.pdf format and must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Due to its size, the document has been broken down into smaller sections to facilitate download. It is also available as a complete file.