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College and Career Readiness: Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) Overview and 2013 Updates

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11AgendaCollege and Career ReadinessPostsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)Student Identification for College Readiness EvaluationCollege Ready Cut ScoresPostsecondary Preparatory InstructionResourcesFlorida Department of Education 2We will address college and career readiness and describe the background of the development of the PERT. Then we will provide you with an overview of the assessment. Additionally, we will explain which students are required to be evaluated, discuss college ready cut scores and postsecondary preparatory instruction. 2College and Career ReadyStudents are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.

Florida Department of Education 33Addressing High Remediation RatesNationwide, remediation rates are highStates are introducing reforms to reduce the need for remediationFlorida hasCustomized placement assessments aligned with college entry level competenciesBetter preparation in high schoolsFlorida Department of Education 4The percentages in the figures are for Florida colleges but student readiness is an issue nationwide. Many states are looking for means to better prepare students and reduce the remediation rates. Florida is ahead of many with a number of initiatives including a customized college placement test and increased preparation of students in high schools.

4Section 1008.30, Florida StatutesThe common placement testing program must include : the capacity to diagnose basic competencies in the areas of English, reading, and mathematics which are essential to provide test information to students on the specific skills the student needs to attain.

Revised with Senate Bill 1720 (2013)Florida Department of Education 55Section 1008.30, Florida StatutesRequires high schools to evaluate college-readiness of students before grade 12High schools began to administer the P.E.R.T. (or other approved assessment) in fall 2011.Other approved assessments that can be used to demonstrate readiness are ACT, SAT, AccuplacerStudents who do not meet college ready scores will be required to complete postsecondary preparatory instruction before high school graduation. Florida Department of Education 6House Bill 1255 revised the statute to require this college placement testing in high schools. Floridas Postsecondary Education Readiness test will be administered in high schools because it is used in Florida colleges. Other assessments that can be used and taken by students to demonstrate readiness are the ACT, SAT and the CPT which is College Boards Accuplacer. The revision to the statute also added that a student that does not demonstrate readiness after completing the test or other approved assessment, they must complete postsecondary preparatory instruction in graduation. The purpose is to provide the needed college-ready competencies in high school so that students are ready to enter college prepared to enroll in a college-level, credit-bearing course. The high school courses that will provide this mirror the colleges offered in Florida colleges.6State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315Sets minimum P.E.R.T. cut-scores to meet college-readinessStudents may demonstrate readiness by meeting cut scores on Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT. If scores are met on those tests, students are exempt from PERT and readiness courses.Amendment at May 2013 State Board of Education meetinglifted the limitation on the number of attempts on PERT in high school and in college and established the public high school transcript as an official record of PERT scores, effective June 27, 2013

Florida Department of Education 7The revision to the statute also requires the State Board of Education to place competencies into rule. State Board of Education rule 6A-10.0315 was approved on December 19, 2011. It added PERT cut scores to the existing scores for ACT,SAT and Accuplacer.

7What is P.E.R.T?The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Floridas common placement test. This test is used by all 28 Florida colleges and public high schools to determine if a student is ready for college credit courses in reading, writing and math.The P.E.R.T. has been aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs) that Floridas faculty identified as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. Florida Department of Education 8 The PERT was selected to use in high schools to fulfill HB1255 because it is the assessment used by Florida colleges. All 28 colleges use the assessment to determine student readiness to enter the initial credit-bearing course for reading, writing which is ENC 1101 English Composition and math which is MAT1033 Intermediate Algebra. 8Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)Launched Oct. 2010 in colleges; 2011 in high schoolsVendor: McCann AssociatesAssessment system, includes:PlacementDiagnosticsPlacement test determines readiness; diagnostic test determines skill deficiencies Over 632,000 PERT subtests administered to date to high school students and 484,000 to college students since 2011

Florida Department of Education 99PERT Test DesignComputer adaptive test (C.A.T.)Reading, writing and mathematics subtests25 operational questions on each subtest plus 5 field test questionsEach test item is aligned with a PRCItems have been approved and aligned by Florida facultyAccommodations available based on IEP or 504 Plan (Braille, large print, paper and pencil, and audio versions)Test score invalidation procedures are in placeTest score repository is in place

Florida Department of Education 10The PERT is a computer adaptive test which means the computer adjusts the difficulty of questions a student receives based on the students response to previous questions in an attempt to identify their ability level in fewer questions than a traditional paper and pencil test.A students score will be based on their responses to 25 questions and there are an additional 5 field test questions that serve to continuously test new questions and update the item bank. Each question on PERT is aligned to a Floridas Postsecondary Readiness Competency and was approved by Florida college faculty.

10What are Postsecondary Readiness Competencies?The Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs) are skills identified by high school, college and state university faculty as critical to college readiness in mathematics, reading and writing. True assessment of what students need to know before enrolling in ENC 1101 and MAT 1033Based on courses in the Statewide Course Numbering System (i.e., Florida content)PERT is aligned to Floridas Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs)Florida Department of Education 11The Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs) are skills identified by high school, college and state university faculty as critical to college readiness in mathematics, reading and writing. The PRCs are the foundation of the PERT. The PRCs for each subject may be accessed on the Division of Florida Colleges College and Career Readiness website.11

Florida Department of Education 12The following are a few screen shots of the log-in screen and introduction. This is the log-in screen.


Florida Department of Education 13This is the introduction screen.


Florida Department of Education 14This is the student information page.

14Average Placement Test TimesFor the computer-based test, average administration times areMathematics 37 minutesReading 1 hour, 3 minutesWriting 33 minutesScheduling subtests is a district decision.Tests are untimed

Florida Department of Education 15Each student will receive the same number of questions for each subtest. The test is not timed. The average completion times are 37 minutes for mathematics, 33 minutes for writing and an hour and 3 minutes for reading.

15Which students will need to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test?College readiness evaluation is required for students who scoreGrade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading, Levels 2 or 3Grade 10 Algebra 1 EOC, Levels 2, 3, or 4Special Diploma students for whom the IEP specifies that the FCAT is an appropriate assessmentDepartment of Juvenile Justice studentsCharter School studentsFull-time public virtual school studentsA student who has met the college-ready cut scores does not need to take the P.E.R.T.

State Board Education Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C.Florida Department of Education 16HB 1255 eliminates the requirement that students within the specified FCAT levels who indicate an interest in postsecondary education have a common placement test or equivalent test administered. As a result, all juniors in 2012-13 who score these levels are required to be tested.

16How else can a student demonstrate college readiness?College-Ready ScoresP.E.R.T.Accuplacer (CPT)SAT-1ACTMath113Elem. Algebra72Math440Math19Reading104Reading 83Reading440Reading18Writing99Sentence Skills83Verbal440English17Florida Department of Education 17A student who scores below the college-ready scores must enroll and complete postsecondary preparation instruction in 12th grade prior to high school graduation.17Postsecondary Preparatory InstructionPurpose: to prepare students for entry into college level credit courses as well as gainful employmentHigh schools are required to offer postsecondary preparatory instructionStudents must complete postsecondary preparatory instruction prior to graduationStudents do not have to pass the course(s) for high school graduation

Florida Department of Education 18HB 1255 requires that all students with certain test scores be given the Common Placement Test (PERT). If students score below the required cut levels, they must participate in the postsecondary preparatory instruction aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (choices may include College Success courses, Mathematics for College Readiness or English IV: College Prep). 18Postsecondary Preparatory Instruction Courses10/23/2011Florida Department of Education 19Districts/high schools may choose which postsecondary preparatory instruction courses to offer from the following approved courses:Math for College Success (1200410) - 0.5 creditReading for College Success (1008350) 0.5 creditWriting for College Success (1009370) 0.5 creditEnglish 4: College Prep (1001405) 1.0 creditMath for College Readiness (1200700) 1.0 credit Refer to the Comprehensive Course Table only courses that are approved for postsecondary preparation instruction are the five courses listed. This is because the course work must be aligned to the postsecondary readiness competencies of the Florida College System.

Administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers are encouraged to consider courses carefully before selecting the most appropriate course for student enrollment. School districts may determine which postsecondary preparatory courses to offer.

For example, A student who scores in range of 96-112 on the P.E.R.T. Mathematics may be placed in either the Math for College Success or readiness course. Likewise, a student who score in the 84-103 P.E.R.T. Reading range may be placed in either the success or the English 4: College Prep course.

Students who enroll in Mathematics for College Success, Reading for College Success, and Writing for College Success may not earn core academic credit to satisfy graduation requirements. These courses count as high school electives. These courses will satisfy elective credit for State University Admission purposes and Bright Futures 4-year Gold Seal Scholarship requirements. Refer to the Comprehensive Course Table to verify eligibility information.

Math for College Readiness and English 4: College Prep count as 1.0 credit courses and will satisfy core mathematics and English graduation requirementsBright Futures Scholarship Program eligibility requirementsState University System admission requirements.19P.E.R.T. College-Ready Scores*Course Placement OptionsReadingFreshmen Composition Skills I (ENC 1101)English 4: College Prep(1001405) or other English (EN) courseScores of 104* - 150WritingFreshman Composition Skills I (ENC 1101)English 4: College Prep(1001405) or other English (EN) courseScores of 99*-150MathematicsIntermediate Algebra (MAT 1033)Math for College Readiness (1200700) or other mathematics (MA) courseScores of 113*-122College Algebra or Higher (MAC 1105)Recommend Advanced or Accelerated CoursesScores of 123-150Florida Department of Education 20CPT and P.E.R.T scores are valid for two years. If a student achieved a college-ready score and they are dual-enrolled, they are exempt from testing.

Students scoring at or above the college-ready cut score are eligible for dual enrollment in college-level courses provided that they have a 3.0 unweighted GPA and meet any additional admission criteria specified in the district Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement.

A 2.0 unweighted GPA is required to enroll in career certificate courses.

A student who has a college-ready score for reading and writing may enroll in either the English 4: College Prep course or ENC 1101 (must meet admission requirements above). The student may also choose other course options available at the high school (e.g. AP or honors)

A student who has a college-ready score in math of 113-122 may enroll in Math for College Readiness, but may also be considered for MAT 1033 (must meet DE admission requirements above). MAT 1033 will count toward college electives, not math core for degree requirements. A student who completes MAT 1033 with a C or higher may take MAC 1105.

A student who has college ready math scores of 123-150 may be placed in advanced or accelerated courses, and may be considered for MAC 1105.

20Accommodations for P.E.R.T.Computer-Adaptive Test (the primary assessment method) has Accessibility Wizard for personalized screen adjustmentsA built-in onscreen calculator appears for specific mathematics items. Hand-held calculators are not allowed. Only students who have an IEP or 504 plan that authorizes accommodations on standardized tests are eligible for P.E.R.T. accommodationsPaper versionLarge print paper versionBraille versionAudio versionEnglish Language Learners (ELL) with student plans that specify allowable accommodationsHeritage language-to-English or English-to-heritage language dictionary

Florida Department of Education 2121P.E.R.T. AdministrationEach district determines its testing windowTest administration personnel receive training by district, McCann, and online self-help materialsTest may be administered during regular school hours or at other times (Help Desk is open on Saturdays 9:00-5:00)Scores are available to District Institutional Administrators and via the repository

Florida Department of Education 22No personal or school issued calculators may be used, unless it is specified as an allowable accommodation for a student who has an IEP or Section 504 plan.22P.E.R.T. ResourcesP.E.R.T. Websites: on websites:Florida Statutes State Board RulesP.E.R.T. Frequently Asked QuestionsP.E.R.T. Study Guide

Florida Department of Education 23The PERT website contains a summary of PERT, the cut-scores and statutes and rules relating to college placement testing. You may wish to share this site with students, parents and teachers so that they can access the PERT study guide. It also has a list of frequently asked questions about the test and its administration in high schools. There is also a link to submit PERT questions.

23Follow-UpIf you have questions related to your districts P.E.R.T. administration, please contact the District P.E.R.T. Contact.If you have general P.E.R.T. questions, please send them to

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