First, do not panic!  I repeat, do not panic!!

What is all the hype about FCAT 2.0?  

The FCAT 2.0 measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The transition from FCAT to FCAT 2.0 will be phased in, with 2011 FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics being the first assessments to begin this transition. FCAT 2.0 Science will be administered to students for the first time in the spring of 2012. For more information, click here.

Your child can practice on FCAT Explorer, which is a online practice program made for Florida's public school students by the Florida Department of Education. Students can practice the skills tested on the FCAT by playing fun educational games.  You'll get helpful feedback to the answers you choose and a second chance to answer questions and apply what you've learned. FCAT Explorer also features helpful online tools like calculators, formula reference sheets, and glossaries that define and pronounce important terms. Parents can find test information, news, and a guide to help children strengthen critical thinking skills.  Best of all, FCAT Explorer is online, which means you can use it on any computer connected to the Internet: at school, at the library, even at home.  Your child's teacher can supply a user name and password to log-in.  Have fun!!