Today, the state of Florida Department of Education released guidance on the High School Civic Literacy Exam to be piloted this year across the state. Some key details of this exam and the pilot administration:

  • It will be piloted in Spring of 2020 and is open to students in grades 9-12.
  • This year, it will not be tied to school accountability or student graduation.
  • IT IS THE SAME EXAM THAT WAS DEVELOPED FOR THE COLLEGE LEVEL. The good news here is that the State Board of Education is developing a rule that requires higher education institutions to accept passing scores achieved in high school as meeting the college requirement. This rule will be retroactive to include students that take it during this pilot year.
  • 100 questions, multiple choice, 60% to pass
  • The state encourages students enrolled in US Government and Economics courses (AP, Honors, and Regular) to take the assessment, but it is not tied to any course and is open to students 9-12.
  • The department will provide districts with the 100-question exam and an answer key via ShareFile.
  • Districts will administer the test in a process similar to other local assessments and may choose to deliver the test to students on paper, electronically, or a mix of methods.
  • The test duration is 100 minutes. Districts may choose to administer the test in two sessions; however, all students should be tested on the same number of items at the same time to help mitigate test security concerns.
  • The test may be scheduled at any time before the end of the school year and does not need to coincide with other statewide testing this spring.
  • Additional details will be communicated to district assessment coordinators in the near future.

Questions about the exam should be directed to Mike DiPierro at FDOE. They will be releasing a resource page soon, but you may also visit the various university pages for a collection of resources as well (such as UF or UCF, for example). The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship will be adding a module to Civics360 to help address this assessment for the 2020-2021 school year.