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The Need for CLAST Scores

Since August 1, 1984, students in public institutions in Florida have been required to demonstrate achievement of the college-level communication and mathematics skills set forth in State Board of Education (SBE) Rule 6A-10.0316, FAC, for (1) the award of an associate in arts degree and (2) admission to upper-division status at a state university. Prior to January 1, 1996, the CLAST testing program was the only procedure used by the State of Florida to assess students' achievement of these skills. The 1997 Legislature modified Section 240.107, F.S.(now 1008.29), which permits Florida students to demonstrate achievement of college-level skills via alternate methods. Rule 6A-10.0311, FAC, lists the standardized test scores or the grade point average in specified courses required to demonstrate proficiency. The phrase "meeting college-level academic skills requirements" means either that the student earned passing scores on the CLAST or the student met one of the alternative methods.

Teacher Certification

From 1982 to June 30, 2002, the CLAST was used as the basic skills test for teacher certification purposes. On July 1, 2002, the General Knowledge (GK) test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) replaced the CLAST as the basic skills test for teacher certification.

Currently, any teacher certification candidate may use passing CLAST subtest scores from 1982 to June 30, 2002, in lieu of the corresponding GK subtest. For more information about teacher certification in the state of Florida, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Educationís Bureau of Educator Certification.