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Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Florida Rolls Out Nation’s First Common Core-Based College Readiness Test

~ PERT uses innovation, affordability and national college readiness standards to help students transition to college more easily ~

TALLAHASSEE – Florida College System Chancellor Will Holcombe announced today that the new Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) has gone live to the 28 colleges in the system. The rollout signifies completion of the first phase of PERT implementation, the development of the placement test. The test is the first of its kind to be customized to align with the nation’s new Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards.

“We are very proud of the hard work our staff and faculty volunteers have contributed to this cost saving, cutting edge project which will further help align our assessments to our readiness standards and instructional programs,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “Helping more of our students enter and succeed in postsecondary education is essential for our nation’s continued prosperity and this new readiness measure will prove critical in the pursuit of that goal.”

In phase two of the PERT’s implementation, diagnostic tests will be created to accurately identify a student’s specific areas of weakness in reading, writing and math skills, thus enabling faculty to customize coursework to address those needs. This targeted instruction will increase student progression and graduation rates, effectively shortening time to degree completion and the cost of postsecondary education to both students and the state. These diagnostic measures will be available to the colleges before the end of this academic year.

In the final phase of the project, developmental education courses will be redesigned to address specific areas of weakness in a given subject. This will result in students being able to build their understanding of specific knowledge areas without the need to take entire courses over again.

McCann Associates, a company that develops assessments, certifications, and diagnostic learning tools for public and private organizations, aided in the development of the test and is the provider to the colleges. The assessment is available to high school and college students and will be the primary placement assessment used by The Florida College System.

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. To learn more about the PERT and The Florida College System, visit http://www.fldoe.org/cc/.