Office of Accountability, Testing and Evaluation A M EM O FRO M TH E DE SK O F K AR E N SCH AF ER , D IR E C TO R March 23, 2016 On March 20, 2012, all 11th grade students enrolled in Brevard public high schools will take the ACT College Entrance Exam during the regular school day at no cost to students or parents (a savings of $49.50). This is the full ACT that assesses English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing. Students will receive college-ready scores that may be used… to meet admission requirements to Florida and out-of-state colleges and universities; in place of FCAT scores to satisfy high school graduation testing requirements (concordant scores); to satisfy the testing requirement needed to receive a Bright Futures Scholarship; to help students, parents, and counselors work together to develop a meaningful senior year schedule. This year, the ACT will also be used to meet a new Florida Legislative requirement (Florida Statute 1008.30(3)) that says schools must evaluate the college readiness of 11th grade students who scored at achievement level 2 or 3 on the 10th grade FCAT Reading test, and/or at achievement level 2, 3, or 4 on the 10th grade FCAT Math test. Brevard is testing ALL 11th grade students on the ACT; therefore, students with the specified 10th grade FCAT achievement levels listed above will have met the legislative testing requirement. If a student with the specified FCAT achievement level does not earn a score that meets the college readiness standards set for the ACT, the student will be required to complete specific College Readiness/Success courses in math, reading, and/or writing during their senior year. Students will earn high school credit for these courses. However, if a student is required to take a College Readiness/Success course as a result of not earning a college-ready score, 12th grade course choices may be impacted or limited. Students should do their best when they take the ACT on March 20. We strongly encourage them to review ACT practice test materials at http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html. Students who score at or above the college-ready cut scores on the ACT (or on any of the tests listed below ) before they enter 12th grade, will not be required to enroll in the 12th grade College Readiness/Success courses. ACT Mathematics Reading English 19 18 17 College –Ready Cut Scores SAT P.E.R.T. Mathematics 440 Mathematics 113 Critical Reading 440 Reading 104 Writing 99 CPT Mathematics Reading Writing 72 83 83 Successful completion of the College Readiness/Success courses offers students several benefits: Upon admission to a Florida Community College, students will be eligible to enroll in college-level course work without additional placement testing or college remediation requirements (for 2 years). Upon entrance to college, students will save time by not having to take college remediation courses which do not earn credit towards college graduation. Upon entrance to college, students (and parents) will save money by not having to pay for college remediation courses. Once ACT scores for the selected group of students are known, counselors will work with the students as necessary to schedule them into required College Readiness/Success courses that have been specified by the Department of Education. If you have questions about the ACT or about the College Readiness Evaluation and Postsecondary Preparation Instruction requirement, please see your counselor.