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Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

FCAT 2.0 (Grade 10) Reading scores ≥ 262 will be used for exempting students from the reading and writing placement test. The test scores expire after two years from the date of test. This is different than the procedure previously used for expiring FCAT 1.0 (Grade 10) scores. 

The FCAT 1.0 (Grade 10) Pilot will continue through the 2013-2014 academic year with June 2012 through June 2013 eligible high school graduates who took the FCAT 1.0 (Grade 10) through spring, 2012. 

  • Starting with the 2011-2012 school year, tenth graders no longer take the math FCAT.
  • The FCAT math graduation requirement was replaced with Florida End-of-Course (EOC) math exams.
  • The first required EOC math exam (Algebra 1) was administered in 2012. These scores are not used for math placement purposes in Florida.
  • FCAT end-of-course (EOC) mathematics exam is not used for placement purposes.
  • FCAT 1.0 (Grade 10) Pilot at MDC ends for new students effective with the 2014 Fall term.
  • A cohort of students took FCAT 1.0 (Grade 10) in 2011 and 2012 (11th graders in 2011 and 12th graders in 2012 who started 9th grade in 2009). These administrations were not converted to the FCAT 2.0 equivalent scale.
  • The 2011 FCAT 2.0 administrations (10th graders in 2011) were scored on an FCAT (1.0) equivalent scale, with subsequent administrations on the new FCAT 2.0 scale.

FCAT Pilot Project Archives

The testing criteria and guidelines for the FCAT Pilot Project are as follows:

Miami Dade College is participating in an FCAT Pilot Project that allows first-time-in-college (FTIC) early college (dual) enrolled students, and FTIC students who are "prior year" high school graduates, to be exempt from taking the CPT/PERT if they earn an FCAT scale score within the ranges listed below (based on the 2005 FCAT scores).

FCAT (Grade 10) qualification scores for FCAT Pilot Project
FCAT Score Course Placement
Reading ≥ 355 ENC1101
Math 375 - 399 MAC1105, MGF1107 or STA2023
≥ 400 Refer to Mathematics Department
- MDC implemented the use of FCAT scores on July 16th, 2007. 
- Reading scores will exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the CPT/PERT. 
- A passing FCAT score in one subject area may be used with a passing CPT/PERT, ACT, or SAT score in another subject area. In addition, the two year valid testing period that is used for the CPT/PERT, ACT, or SAT will not be used for the FCAT, since students begin taking the FCAT in 10th grade. 
- FCAT scores that are not downloaded electronically via the Florida Automated System for a Transferring Educational Records (FASTER) into the MDC test master record system will need to be verified by the Campus Testing Department. This is the same process that is used for ACT/SAT scores. 
- Students scoring below the required FCAT ranges will be required to take the CPT/PERT for appropriate placement or to provide evidence of exemption through the ACT or SAT if they have earned a minimum of one of the following scores.

Questions & Answers

Who can participate?

  • First-time-in-college (FTIC) early college (dual) enrollment students and FTIC students who are prior year high school graduates.
  • For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, FTIC students, "prior year graduates" would include any time during the traditional 2012-2013 high school year. June 2010 graduates would not be considered eligible. However, June 2011 graduates would be eligible.
  • Continuing students who used the FCAT for placement purposes as an eligible participant.

Who participated in the past?

  • Eligible students who enrolled at MDC since Fall 2007 and used FCAT scores for placement purposes.

Who is NOT eligible to participate?

  • Transfer students (dual enrollment or other transfers) and FTIC students who are NOT prior year high school graduates.
  • Once the pilot is complete, if the Department of Education decides to make this a policy, we will determine if transfer students and all other FTIC students are eligible.

What was the length of the Pilot?

  • Spring 2007 through Summer 2014.
    Note: MDC received approval to begin using FCAT in Fall 2007.

What scores are required?

  • FCAT scores for the Spring administration are available to the school districts typically in May of each year.
  • FCAT (Grade 10) Level 4 or 5 for Reading (355-500 scale score).
    Note: Reading scores exempt for both reading and writing sections of the CPT/PERT.
  • FCAT (Grade 10) Level 5 for Mathematics (375-500 scale score).

How does MDC get the scores?

  • Most FCAT scores are entered into the MDC record system electronically via the test records posted on a student’s official high school transcript and manually on an as needed basis via the campus Testing Departments. FCAT scores entered manually must be from a student’s official high school transcript or from a Administrative Access High School Academic Evaluations site that is available for authorized postsecondary administrators.
  • MDC cannot use a student/parent FCAT score report for entering scores or a high school test report that has FCAT scores.
  • MDC can mix scores from different test administrations (CPT/PERT, ACT, and SAT). The highest score reported for each section is used for registration purposes.

When are the FCAT scores considered expired?

  • The expiration of FCAT scores for placement purposes has not yet been decided. Because the pilot project is only allowing FTIC early college (dual) enrollment students and FTIC students who are prior year prior year high school graduates to participate, a limit was not necessary. Therefore, the State has not yet set a limit on the test date. For the FCAT scores for this pilot, the State is waiving the two-year rule that applies to CPT/PERT, SAT, and ACT scores. This does NOT waive the rule for these other tests—only for the FCAT.
  • If the results of the pilot project are such that a State Board of Education rule change is made, the State will make a determination of the expiration of FCAT scores. The State may use the idea of two years post high school graduation, but nothing has been decided as of yet.

What are the rules for exemption?

  • Students must have a requisite score as defined above.
  • This exemption does not place students into developmental education. Students scoring below the requisite values will be required to take the CPT for appropriate placement in developmental coursework or to provide evidence of exemption through the ACT or SAT.
  • For students who exempt the math section of the CPT/PERT via the FCAT scale score, institutions may place the student in MAT 1033 or MAC 1105 as appropriate. MDC places the student in MAC 1105, MGF, 1106, MGF 1107, or STA 2023.

What does a student exempt?

  • With the appropriate score, a student exempts developmental education courses.
  • Use the FCAT in the same way that CPT/ACT/SAT scores are used for credit course placement.
  • Since MDC uses CPT/PERT/ACT/SAT scores to exempt students from the TABE, the College may apply the requisite FCAT scores to exempt TABE. This can only be used on students eligible to participate in the pilot project.
- FL DOE e-mail dated 7/11/11: Florida Comprehensive Test Placement Scores
- FL DOE e-mail dated 6/18/10: FCAT Placement Scores/Pilot Project
- FCAT Pilot Project Rules Reference Sheet updated by FDOE on 11/01/07
- FL DOE e-mail dated 6/30/08: Extending the FCAT Pilot Project
- FL DOE e-mail dated 2/4/08: FCAT Pilot Project – Information
- FL DOE e-mail dated 6/18/09: FCAT Pilot Project Extension

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