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Florida Board of Education to (finally) remove HSCT exam from rules



The Florida Board of Education is set to remove a test from its rolls. But don't get excited.

It's the High School Competency Test, which hasn't been administered since the advent of FCAT in the late 1990s.

Implemented in the 1970s, the HSCT became one of the nation's first high school exit exams, aimed at ensuring students had met at least minimal standards.

When the FCAT rolled around, it replaced the HSCT. Students who hadn't passed the older test were given a concordant FCAT score they could achieve to complete their high school diploma requirements.

Now, the FCAT is gone, too. And so the time has come to retire the rules relating to the HSCT and its concordant passing scores. The State Board plans to delete the rule when it meets Wednesday in Orlando, making it clear that anyone who still hasn't passed the HSCT and still wants a diploma will have to enroll in adult education courses.

According to rule, those adults would have to meet the twelfth grade cohort graduation requirements that are in effect the year they enter adult high school.

[Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 12:51pm]


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