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Alternative Placement Criteria

During 2020, the Florida Department of Education released an Emergency Order (EO), DOE Order No. 2020-EO-01, in response to COVID-19. In section 9(B), the emergency order stated:

The Adult Education performance reconciliation requirement and other career, technical, and adult education testing and reporting requirements that may act as a barrier to online instruction are waived. The Division of Career and Adult Education will work with the appropriate federal agencies regarding waivers and extensions related to federal spending.

View Alternative Placement Criteria for CTE Clock Hours Students.

During 2020, the Florida Department of Education released an Emergency Order (EO), DOE Order No. 2020-EO-02, in response to COVID-19. In the Florida College System (FCS) section, the emergency order stated:

The testing requirement for student eligibility for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment courses taken through December 31, 2020 provided in section 1007.271(3), is suspended. 

View Alternative Placement Criteria for Dual Enrollment Students.

The requirement in section 1007.263(1), F.S., to use a placement test to demonstrate achievement of college-level communication and computation skills is suspended through the fall semester of 2020. In addition to or in lieu of tests, college credit programs are permitted to use alternative methods selected by the college for placement into developmental education, where applicable.

View Alternative Placement Criteria for Non-Exempt Students.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How does the emergency order affect GED students?
    • These students are eligible for meeting one or more of the alternate methods.  Example: They may have a PSAT/NMSQT score from before they left high school or an eligible course and grade. If yes, they can be used.
  • Is placement testing suspended for both Non-Exempt and Dual Enrollment (DE) students?
    • No.  It is suspended only for dual enrollment students.  The suspension related to the non-exempt is limited to the requirement of having a test score. 
    • The non-exempt can still placement test if it is needed to for meeting a skill area. 
  • Will the placement score hold for enrollment be lifted?
    • The pre-requisites will not be removed. An advisor will register the student and check the pre-requisite flag if the alternate method is used.
    • Non-exempt students will be able to register for orientation without having a test score or a placement area met by an alternate method.
  • If a DE homeschool student did not pass an approved placement test in one section, can he/she enroll?
    • Yes.  The alternate method will be used for advisement purposes.
  • If a student has college ready test scores already in the system, is information on alternate testing criteria needed?
    • No.
  • When will placement testing be available again for dual enrollment?
    • After the last day of 8w2 registration for Fall 2020.
    • This is dependent on no new emergency orders.
  • A Non-Exempt student is eligible for MAC2311 by showing proof of a "B" or better in high school Calculus, due to new Alternative Methods.
    Is this the same for Exempt students?
    • Yes.

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