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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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New Placement Test Designed to Help Florida Increase College Graduation Rates

~ Florida postsecondary readiness test to better measure college readiness skills and placement ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida College System announced today that it will develop, deliver and score a dynamic new Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) that will be used to better gauge a student’s readiness for college and accurately place students in classes to increase their progression rates and help them graduate sooner. McCann Associates, a company that develops assessments, certifications, and diagnostic learning tools for public and private organizations, has been selected through a competitive bid process to devise the new test for Florida.

The new test will provide placement and diagnostic capabilities, customized by Florida faculty to align with the Florida Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards. This tool, combined with the test’s diagnostic capability in math, reading and writing will provide targeted feedback to help educators better identify students’ specific strength areas, as well as areas where improvement is needed.

According to Dr. Judith Bilsky, Executive Vice Chancellor with the Division of Florida Colleges, “Due to extensive work by our faculty and input from business and industry, we are confident that this new test will accurately assess the knowledge and skills required for proper placement and college success.”

The assessment will be available to high school and college students in August 2010, and will be the primary placement assessment used by The Florida College System. To learn more about the assessment, visit www.fldoe.org/cc.

About the Florida College System
Florida’s colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 81 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida’s 28 colleges.