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Civic Literacy Competency

Students are strongly encouraged to fulfill this requirement before the end of their first year.

Requirements 2018-2019 through 2020-2021

Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, first-time-in-college students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2018-2019 academic school year and thereafter, must demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate pursuant to s. 1007.25(4), Florida Statutes. Students have the option to demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment.

New Requirements Approved by FBOE on 10/20/2021

Associate in arts or baccalaureate degree students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2021-2022 academic school year and thereafter must demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course AND by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE). 

First-time-in-college students who entered between Fall 2018 and Summer 2021 will continue to have the option of passing a course or an assessment.

A subsequent rule amendment is anticipated to add the civic literacy requirement as a condition of A.S. degree completion for students entering an FCS institution in Fall 2022 and thereafter.

Rule 6A-10.02413 of the State Board of Education defines civic literacy competency as follows:

(1) Successfully passing either POS 2041 American Government or AMH 2020 History of the United States since 1877.
(2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment Standard Score
AP Government and Politics: United States 3
AP United States History 4
CLEP: American Government 50
Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE)* 60

* In proposed rule amendment.
* Students initially entering FCS under 2021-2022 catalog year and beyond.
* The FCLE is available at the MDC test centers since October 25, 2021.

Questions and Answers

  • Who is required to meet the Civic Literacy Competency requirement?
    • Students seeking an Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree:
      • who have no prior college credit and initially enter an FCS institution as a first-time-in-college student in Fall 2018 or later. 
      • who begin dual enrollment in Fall of 2018 or later.

        Date for Students Entering The Civic Literacy Requirement Applies To Programs Student Requirements
        2018-2019 through 2020-2021 First-time-in-college students (FTIC) Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Baccalaureate

        Pass a course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) OR pass an assessment.

         

        Note: The AP and CLEP can be used to meet the assessment requirement.

        2021-2022 and beyond Students initially entering FCS under 2021-2022 catalog year Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Baccalaureate

        Pass a course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) AND pass an assessment.

         

        Notes:
        1. The AP and CLEP can be used to meet both the course and assessment requirement.
        2. The AICE and IB can only be used to meet the course requirement.
        3. The FCLE can only be used to meet the assessment requirement.

        2022-2023 and beyond* Students initially entering FCS 2022-2023 catalog year Associate in Science (A.S.)/Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

        Pass a course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) AND pass an assessment.

         

        Notes:
        1. The AP and CLEP can be used to meet the course and assessment requirements.
        2. The AICE and IB can only be used to meet the course requirement.
        3. The FCLE can only be used to meet the assessment requirement.


        *The Florida Department of Education anticipates entering into rule development to add the civic literacy requirement as a condition of A.S./A.A.S. degree completion to coincide with general education changes from House Bill 1507, which will be effective with the 2022-23 catalog year.
  • Who is exempt from meeting the Civic Literacy Competency requirement during catalog years 2018-2019 through 2020-2021?
    • Students who have earned college credit prior to Fall 2018. 
    • Students who were in dual enrollment prior to Fall 2018. 
       
  • How does the amended rule apply to students who were previously dual enrolled?
    The new civic literacy requirement applies to students who are entering into A.A. and baccalaureate programs under the 2021-2022 catalog year, regardless of prior postsecondary coursework. This includes formerly dual enrolled students.
  • Is Civic Literacy a graduation requirement?
    Yes.  A student seeking an AA or baccalaureate will have to demonstrate competency prior to being awarded a degree.
     
  • Is Civic Literacy Competency a graduation requirement for all academic programs?
    No.  This requirement does not apply to the Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science or Career and Technical Certificates (also known as College Credit Certificates).
     
  • Does the Civic Literacy Competency graduation requirement apply to students who earned college credits prior to Fall 2018?
    No.  This requirement does not apply to current, returning or transfer students who have college credits prior to Fall 2018.
     
  • Does “initially entering” mean the same thing as first-time-in-college (FTIC)?
    No. The rule that is applicable for 2018-19 to 2020-2021 specified the requirement was limited to FTIC students. Since the statute does not specify the civic literacy requirements are limited to that small population, the FTIC language was removed for 2021-22 students and beyond. This ensures students who are entering under 2021-22 catalog years will meet the statutory intent to demonstrate civic literacy competency.
     
  • How does the amended rule apply to transfer students?
    The new civic literacy requirement applies to students who are entering into A.A. and baccalaureate programs under the 2021-2022 catalog year, regardless of prior postsecondary coursework. This includes transfer students and students entering with prior postsecondary coursework. Students who have previously achieved a passing score on an approved assessment or passed an approved course will have met the assessment requirement or coursework requirement, respectively, and will not need to re-take assessments or courses.
     
  • How the amended rule apply to out-of-state students?
    The new civic literacy requirement applies to students who are entering into A.A. and baccalaureate programs under the 2021-2022 catalog year, regardless of prior postsecondary coursework. This includes students from out-of-state.
     
  • How does the amended rule apply to baccalaureate students who are entering with an A.A. or A.S./A.A.S. degree?
    Baccalaureate students under the 2021-2022 catalog year are required to meet the civics course and assessment requirement. If the student previously demonstrated civic literacy competency based on the previous civic literacy requirement through a course or an assessment under their associate degree program, those passed courses or passing scores could also be used toward demonstration of civic literacy competency for baccalaureate completion. The student would then just need to fulfill the other requirement via an assessment or course.
     
  • Does a student with a bachelor’s degree from an SUS, private, or out-of-state institution entering an second bachelors level program at MDC  in Fall 2021 or beyond need to meet the new civic literacy requirement of course and assessment?   Is the attainment of a bachelors sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
    The statute/rule do not indicate this applies to the student's first baccalaureate degree. Any student seeking an FCS baccalaureate degree with a catalog year of 2021-2022 or later is required to demonstrate competency by meeting the course and assessment requirement.
     
  • Does a student who attended a Florida College System (FCS) institution more than one year ago (received a degree or earned some credits from the institution) and is now returning to the same or another FCS institution required to satisfy the new civic literacy requirement?

    Senario 1:  Attended prior to Fall 2018 - Didn’t take AMH 2020 or POS 2041


    Scenario 2: Attended since Fall 2018 - Satisfied course or assessment only or Didn’t satisfy either course or assessment

    Students under catalog years 2018-2019 through 2020-2021 are only required to complete the approved course or assessment. If a student is in catalog year 2021-2022 and beyond, that student is required to complete the approved course and pass an approved assessment.

    Approved Courses and Assessments
  • How does credit-by-exam apply toward the civic literacy requirement?
    Credit received for courses in Rule 6A-10.02413, F.A.C., (AMH 2020 and POS 2041) via credit-by-exam will count toward the course requirement.
    • If the exam used as the basis of awarding of credit is in Rule 6A-10.02413, F.A.C., (e.g., AP and CLEP) the student would be considered as having met both the course and the assessment civic literacy competency.
    • If the exam used as the basis of awarding of credit is not in rule (e.g., AICE and IB), the student would be considered as having met only the course requirement. These students would need to be assessed using an approved assessment in rule.
  • How long are assessment scores valid? Is there an expiration date?
    The rule does not specify expiration dates of test scores. Scores do not expire.


  • If students complete AMH 2020 or POS 2041, do they still need to complete an assessment?
    Yes. Completion of AMH 2020 or POS 2041 only fulfills the course requirement for postsecondary civic literacy competency for students entering the FCS under the 2021-22 catalog year and thereafter.
     
  • Does the final exam in AMH 2020 or POS 2041 count toward meeting the assessment requirement?
    No. Because final exams in courses are not approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE), they do not count toward the assessment requirement. These students would still be required to pass an approved assessment in Rule 6A-10.02413, F.A.C.
     
  • What competencies does the FCLE cover?
    • Test items for the FCLE are based on competencies that describe the content to be covered by a test.
    • FCLE competencies cover the knowledge necessary to demonstrate the postsecondary requirement for civic literacy, as outlined in statute:
      • Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
      • An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application.
      • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government.
      • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
         
  • How many test questions appear on the FCLE?
    Approximately 80 test items appear on the FCLE that was implemented on October 25, 2021.  Note: The previous versions that was administered in the high schools during school years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and in the state university system from 2018 through 2021 included 100 questions.
     
  • What is the passing score on the FCLE?
    The passing score is 60 percent, which is 48 correct out of 80. 
    Note: The passing score for the FCLE that was administered in the high schools during school years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and in the state university system from 2018 through 2021 is also 60 percent
    (60 correct out of 100).
     
  • What is the criteria to take the FCLE at MDC for the first time and for retesting?
    To test for the first time, students must be enrolled in either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 or previously received a letter grade. 
    Retesting requires a 30-day waiting period.  Department Chair approval is required after the second attempt.
     
  • Are online test preparation resources available?
    Yes. See civic literacy resources below.  Basic information for Fall 2021 and more robust resources in Spring 2022.Click here for FLDOE Resources to Foster Civic Literacy.
     
  • What testing accommodations will be available?
    Accommodations will be available for the Florida Civic Literacy Test, some beginning in Fall 2021 with more available in Spring 2022.
     
  • If high school students or students from another Florida public postsecondary institution pass the FCLE, will they have fulfilled both the assessment and the course requirements?
    No. Students who pass the FCLE will still be required to pass an approved course once they enter MDC. Note:  MDC will use the FASTER system to electronically receive FCLE scores from other institutions.  Submit a Test Entry Request Form for requesting to have a test record entered in the MDC student record keeping system.

Civic Literacy Resources

Below are resources for students seeking to fulfill the assessment requirement.  Additional resources are available via the FLDOE Civic Literacy webpage.

Coming soon in late 2021 or early 2022: An FLDOE developed FCLE Study Guide containing a sample test equivalent to the length of the FCLE. Test items will be aligned to the competencies and written at a similar level of complexity and difficulty to the FCLE.

Miami Dade College Civic Literacy Courses

  • POS 2041 American Federal Government (3 Credits)
    The American Constitution and its development, the organization and functions of the national government, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship of the individual to the federal government.
  • AMH 2020 History of the United States since 1877 (3 Credits)
    A survey of social, economic, and political developments in the United States since 1877.

Advanced Placement Courses and Resources

The AP can be used to meet the course and test requirement.

CLEP and Resources

CLEP American Government is available at the Miami Dade College test centers. The CLEP can be used to meet the course and test requirement.

For more information please contact the MDC Social Sciences Department.

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