ACT - American College Testing Program
Many colleges and universities use the placement tests as part of their admission criteria. The American College Test (ACT) is one of the tests used for this purpose. The ACT measures student achievement in English, reading, science reasoning, and mathematics as well as a composite score and is intended to help predict academic performance in college. Summarizing individual scores into district and school averages enables district and school staff to monitor the level of academic preparation given to college-bound students. Because of the variability in the percentage of students taking the ACT from school to school, direct comparison of scores may be misleading.
Many students take the SAT before applying for admission to college. They receive scores in critical reading, mathematics, and writing which help predict the student's academic performance in college.
Individual scores range from 200 to 800 in each area. Many colleges use SAT scores as an admission criteria and school improvement teams may use average SAT scores in monitoring school progress in raising the level of student achieve.
Average critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores are shown for the nation, state, district, and individual schools.
The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and EOC
Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.