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Florida College System

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Statute (SB1720) and Regulation (6A-10.0315)

When the policy was first adopted: 2013
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?


Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Yes; colleges can choose to designate degree/major or meta-major declaration as a measure to be considered in course placement.

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, FCAT 2.0 (Reading), Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
High School Achievement Measures High school transcript is required as evidence of H.S. diploma
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Assessment on subject test other than the PERT
High School Achievement Measures High school GPA overall or in a subject area
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Work experience, military experience, participation in a juried competition, career interests, degree/major declaration, meta-major/program of study declaration
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

No; the PERT and FCAT 2.0 were not designed to align with the Common Core State Standards specifically.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?


The placement process using these measures:

Students can be exempt from taking the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) in a number of ways:

  • A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the PERT; and
  • Students who meet or exceed the cut sores on the Accuplacer, SAT, ACT or FCAT 2.0 (Reading only) and enroll in a Florida College System institution within 2 years are exempted from taking the PERT.

Colleges designate in their Developmental Education Implementation Plan various additional measures, including high school GPA (overall or in a specific subject area), work history, military experience, participation in juried competitions, career interests, degree major or meta-major declaration, and achievement on any other subject tests to be used in placement decisions. For students who are exempt from placement testing, an advisor might consider these measures in recommending that a student take a placement test even though the student is not required to do so. A student who is not exempt from a placement test and who scores below the cut scores on the accepted assessments may still be able to directly enroll into credit-bearing courses if an advisor deems that the information provided by a combination of measures indicates that the student should be placed into credit bearing coursework.

Multiple measures policy documents: