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Career and Technical Education Programs

Procedures for Testing and Placement Criteria for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Programs

(This section is limited to MDC technical certificate programs with a MDC program code beginning with 5)

MDC administers TABE Forms 11 and 12. The College follows the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education recommendation of using TABE Level 'A' if the program completion levels are above ninth grade and TABE Level 'D' if the program completion is ninth grade or lower. Level D may also be used for the higher grade levels on an as needed basis for post-testing purposes. Completion of a prescribed remediation program consisting of at least 60 hours of instruction is required prior to retesting with a minimum 30-day period between retests.

Notes:

  • The same TABE Form and Level should not be administered within a six-month period. Remediation should include 60 hours of instruction between pre/and post-testing, using an alternate version of the TABE and at least 120 hours of instruction when using the same level and same form. If no formal instruction is provided or documented, six months should elapse when using the same level, same form.
  • The TABE may not be used as a sole determinant for entry into a career and technical education program.

In-Range Scores

When a test administration results in a score, including those that begin with a "+" or "-", that is within the allowable range for the Test Level and Form, the score is reported with a "0" in the first field followed by the three digit score. Students with an in-range high score (+) may be retested one time with a higher TABE Level without being assessed a retesting fee or placed in the highest valid level for the TABE level test. 

Out-of-Range (OOR) Score (Low)

When a test administration results in a score that is lower than the allowable range for the Test Level and Form, and no score is provided or the score indicates a score of N/A, the score is reported with a "1" followed by the lowest score value for the TABE Level and Form. To assist with determining the correct out-of-range scores to report, refer to Appendix H (TABE Out-of- Range (Low) Score Reported and Re-testing Guide).  If there is a difference in the lowest score value between the paper based test and the online the lowest score possible between the two versions value is reported. Please see the table on page two for the correct score to report.  Students with an out-of-range low or no score must be retested one time with a lower TABE Level no sooner than the next day and prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date for the adult education term without being assessed a retesting fee.  If the retest results in another OOR score, place student into the lowest valid level of the lower TABE level test.    Note: Levels L and E do not have an OOR Low score.


Minimum basic skills levels as grade equivalents in mathematics, language, and reading are defined in each career certificate program. The Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List that is used for meeting these requirements is available via State Rule 6A-10.040. Refer to this list for minimum required basic skills grade levels to earn a certificate by program. TABE 11 and 12 Minimum Scale Score Requirements for Career and Technical Education Programs at Miami Dade College is available via the College's TABE webpage.

Agencies sponsoring career certificate seeking students may set higher requirements and exemptions for testing.

Students without sufficient English proficiency are referred to the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) and adult students who are not proficient in English should also be provided with certain accommodations. Rule 6A-6.09091, F.A.C., Accommodations of the Statewide Assessment Program Instruments and Procedures for English Language Learners (ELL), provides examples of allowable accommodations for students who are classified as ELLs and adult students who are not proficient in English.


Exempted from Testing for Career and Technical Education Programs

  1. Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school. Refer to Appendix B.
    Note: Home education students and students who earned a GED or a diploma from a private high school are not exempted from testing and developmental education.
  2. Students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  3. Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an institution recognized by MDC (Except in specific situations such as certain programs sponsored by external funding agencies). Official documentation is required. Students with foreign degrees from non-English speaking countries must present passing scores from MDC approved English proficiency examinations. Refer to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for examinations and passing scores.
  4. Students who present SATACT, or ACCUPLACER/PERT scores which exempt them from developmental education placement as outlined in Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs are exempt from testing for career certificate programs. Any score presented which is lower than the score needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate TABE subtest(s).
  5. Students who present official scores on any of the SBOE approved examinations (including the ACCUPLACER) which demonstrate the skill level required by the specific program. The scores must have been obtained within the past two years.
  6. Students seeking entrance into the MDC School of Criminal Justice Corrections and Law Enforcement programs pursuant to Section 943.17(6) F.S. are exempt from entry-level basic skills testing. This exemption does not apply to the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test requirement for entry into basic recruit training programs. The Criminal Justice Training Commission sets the standards for their training programs.
  7. Adult students enrolled in a State approved apprenticeship program in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 446 are exempt from the requirement of taking the TABE test.
  8. Students who have successfully completed developmental education course requirements. Any skill area which has not been met will require the student to be tested on the appropriate TABE subtest(s).
  9. Students who present official scores on the 2014 GED® Tests: Reasoning through Language Arts and Mathematical Reasoning where a minimum score of 145 has been attained on each test. Any skill area which has not been met will require the student to be tested on the appropriate TABE subtest(s). Note: The Reasoning through Language Arts subtest is used for TABE Reading and Language.


ExempTed from Meeting the Basic Skills Exit Score Requirement Only

Students who attempted the TABE at least two times and passed a State, national or industry licensure exam related to the program of study and identified by the Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education are exempt from meeting the basic skills exit score requirement in the related program. The identified credentialing examination has to be specific to the career and must be necessary in order to work in that field. Documentation supporting the successful completion of the credentialing examination is required. The Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List that is used for meeting this requirement is available via State Rule 6A-10.040.

Required to test for Career and Technical Education Programs

1. 

First-time-in-program students who designate themselves as certificate-seeking in a program of 450 hours or more. Such students must complete an entry-level examination within the first six weeks of admission into the program.

2.

Students whose TABE (or other approved examination) scores are more than two years old and have not been used for placement.

3.

Students whose TABE (or other approved examination) scores are more than two years old and who have had a break in their enrollment of more than one year.




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