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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT 2.0)

FCAT 2.0 Test Item Specifications

The Florida Department of Education and committees of experienced Florida educators developed and approved the Specifications documents. Each Specifications document defines the content and format of the assessment and the assessment's items for item writers and reviewers, and indicates the alignment of items with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. They also serve as a source of information for educators and the general public.

Beginning in 2011, the FCAT 2.0 will measure student achievement in reading (grades 3 – 10) and mathematics (grades 3 – 8). Beginning in 2012, the FCAT 2.0 will measure student achievement in science (grades 5 and 8). Beginning in 2013, the FCAT 2.0 will measure student achievement in writing (grades 4, 8, and 10).

Reading

Note: Benchmark LA 2.2.1 (Text Features) will be assessed under Reporting Category 4: Informational Text/Research Process. The FCAT 2.0 Reading Test Item Specifications were updated in November 2012 to reflect this change. Additionally, information in Appendix F was updated in January 2012 to align with the Test Design Summary (PDF).

Mathematics

Note: Information in Appendix F was updated in January 2012 to align with the Test Design Summary (PDF).

Science

Limitations on Use

The availability of FCAT 2.0 Test Item Specifications does not extend to and specifically excludes any use for commercial purposes. All reproductions of these publications, or parts of these publications, must include the copyright statement found on the second page of each of the Specifications documents.