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Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement with M-DCPS (Testing Section)

A. Students Screening Prior to Enrollment in Dual Enrollment Courses

Dual enrollment and early admission students are required to test for achievement of communication and mathematics competencies. The placement test that is given to eligible high school students is Florida's Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). The primary responsibility for administering the PERT to eligible 11th graders rests with M-DCPS, as directed by the FLDOE Office of K-12 Assessment. 

MDC has established a Placement Criteria Document that is updated each academic year. Section V of said document describes the procedures for testing and placement criteria for Dual Enrollment Students.

Early college/dual enrollment students must achieve specific scores on the appropriate sections of the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 to enroll in college credit courses requiring competency in the associated placement area. Students who have been identified as deficient in basic competencies in one of the areas of reading, writing or mathematics may still enroll in college credit courses in those curriculum areas in which they are proficient and which do not require the competency areas in which the student is deficient.

MDC will only administer postsecondary readiness tests for the following categories of M-DCPS students: (1) students testing for dual enrollment, (2) students who have formally applied for admission to the School for Advanced Studies, (3) high school students already enrolled in the New World School of the Arts, and (4) high school pa1ticipants in jointly sponsored or approved projects. These students have a total of two (2) PERT attempts while they are in 9th and 10th grades and two (2) new attempts while they are in 11th and 12th grades. The initial test counts as the first attempt and re-taking any subtest counts as the second and final attempt during any of the two-year periods. Remediation is required prior to any subsequent attempt. Students in these categories with an approved PERT Placement Test Referral Form  may test on designated MDC campuses on an exception basis since the school district's preferred testing site is the student's home high school. Further details are available through the M-DCPS Student Assessment and Educational Testing Office and MDC District Testing Office.

The PERT places incoming students into appropriate college-level courses. When high school students have the opportunity to take the PERT while still in high school, they can be given additional counseling about their future plans and assistance for advisement during high school. 

The high schools will use the results of the test to register 12th grade students in required remedial instruction prior to high school graduation. The remedial instruction must mirror the competencies of the highest level of college preparatory coursework offered at MDC. The following high school level college readiness courses are scheduled to be offered through M-DCPS Senior High Schools, Charter Schools, Adult Vocational, and Alternative Centers: 

100835001 Reading for College Success (0.5 credit)
100937001 Writing for College Success (0.5 credit)
120041001 Math for College Success (0 .5 credit)
100140501 English IV (1.0 credit)
120070001 Math for College Readiness (1.0 credit)

PERT scores may be used to establish Bright Futures eligibility for the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award. www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org Note: Students who have college-ready ACCUPLACER (CPT) scores may use them for placement purposes. 

MDC and M-DCPS have agreed on a number of courses available for dual enrollment. The list of eligible courses, which includes the respective reading, writing, and mathematics placement testing level requirements are available at www.mdc.edu/asa/dual_enrollment.asp#courses. All courses on the approved list, except for SLS 1401, SLS 1505, and SLS 1510 require college-ready placement status in reading and writing.

B. Monitoring Students Progress in Dual Enrollment Courses

At MDC, students must complete a Dual Enrollment Approval Form each term in order to retain enrollment eligibility. Through the use of the MDC DE Application Form, M-DCPS high school counselors will ensure that students maintain the necessary GPA in order to participate and retain dual enrollment eligibility. MDC recommends that each student enroll in a maximum of two (2) courses each term, excluding labs, in order to ensure academic success. Additional coursework must be approved by an Academic Dean on a case-by-case (exceptional) basis.

The Dual Enrollment Coordinators check the grades in the MDC's system to verify that student has successfully completed and passed the dual enrollment courses s/he registered for during the term. A student whose college GPA falls below 2.0 is ineligible to continue dual enrollment.

Students are provided web access to the MDC Students' Rights & Responsibilities Handbook that contains the academic calendar, code of conduct, students' rights and responsibilities, grading and evaluation process, academic dishonesty, disciplinary procedures, as well as accommodations provided for students with disabilities.

Students may not earn more than twelve (12) college credits prior to demonstrating proficiency in the basic skill areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Exceptions may be granted provided that the student is concurrently enrolled in a secondary course(s) for which they have been deemed deficient by the postsecondary assessment. 

For example, students who are deficient in mathematics cannot enroll in any college credit mathematics courses or any other course that require mathematics skills that are beyond the skill level of the student as demonstrated on the placement test, but may register for dual enrollment eligible college level courses that do not require mathematics skills. Students who are deficient in writing and/or reading skills cannot enroll in college credit English courses or any other dual enrollment eligible college credit courses that require communication skills that are beyond the skill level of the student as demonstrated by the placement test. 

Students who have accumulated twelve (12) college credit hours and have not yet demonstrated proficiency in the basic skill areas of reading, writing and mathematics, must be advised, in writing, by the school district of the requirements for associate degree completion and state university admission including information about future financial aid eligibility and also the potential costs of accumulating excessive college credit, as outlined in Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes. 

M-DCPS high schools administer the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) to their students. as directed by the FLDOE Office of K-12 Assessment to 11th grade students who scored at Level 2 or 3 on the Grade 10th FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment, or Level 2, 3, or 4 on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course assessment.

MDC assigns grades for dual enrollment courses and the school district is prohibited from changing any grade assigned by the MDC when posting it to the high school transcript. Grades earned through dual enrollment courses become part of the student's permanent high school and college transcript. At the end of each term, MDC sends electronic dual enrollment transcripts to the school district. 

A student may lose the opportunity to participate in a dual enrollment course if the student is disruptive to the learning process such that the progress of other students or the efficient administration of the course is hindered.

Source: FLDOE 2014-15 Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement (Section #12)



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