Florida Readiness Policies


College and Career Readiness Standards and Definition

The Florida Department of Education has established college and career ready competencies in Writing, Reading and Mathematics. Florida has a statewide college-readiness assessment instrument ─ the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Beginning in 2016, local school districts have the option of administering it to their students, usually in the junior year. Beginning in spring 2014, students who graduate from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma are exempt from placement testing, are deemed college and career ready and may enter college coursework without a readiness assessment. However, a recent high school graduate can opt to take the PERT and enroll in an appropriate level of developmental instruction.  To earn a standard high school diploma, students must complete a prescribed 24-credit curriculum with a 2.0 GPA or better and successfully pass all required end-of-course assessments.



High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in the 2016-2017 School Year

Students must complete at least 24 credits to earn a standard high school diploma.



Required Courses




English I

English II

English III

English IV

ELA Honors, AP, AICE, IB and dual enrollment courses



Algebra I


Third math

Fourth math  

Industry certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for the third and fourth math credit.




Two from equally rigorous science courses having a lab component    

An industry certification leading to college credit may substitute for up to one science credit (other than Biology I).

A computer science course with a related industry certification may substitute for up to one science credit (other than Biology I).

Social Studies


World History

U.S. History

1/2 Credit U.S. Government  

1/2 Credit Economics  

Eligible courses/substitutions are specified in the Florida Course Code Directory at www.fldoe.org/policy/articulation/ccd


They include AP, IB, Credit Recovery

Physical Education  



To include the integration of health

Fine Arts


Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts  




Total Credits



Students must earn a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must complete one course online.

Districts may use computer science courses to satisfy certain graduation requirements for math and science if students also earn the related industry certification.

Students can use earned industry certifications as substitutes for certain math and science units. All students still must earn course credit in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology I.

Diploma Designations for the Standard Diploma
Scholar Diploma Designation

In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements and the state assessment requirements, a student must:

  • Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous math course
  • Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics
  • Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics
  • Earn 2 credits in the same world language
  • Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course.

A student is exempt from the Biology I or U.S. History assessment if the student is enrolled in an AP, IB or AICE Biology I or U.S. History course and the student:

  • Takes the respective AP, IB or AICE assessment
  • Earns the minimum score to earn college credit
Merit Diploma Designation
  • Meet the standard high school diploma requirements
  • Attains one or more industry certifications from the list established (per section 1003.492, Statutes [F.S.])

Assessment Requirements

To graduate, high school seniors must pass the grade 10 English Language assessment or obtain a concordant score on the ACT/SAT. Both ninth and tenth graders must take Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts reading and writing. Students must also pass the Algebra I, Algebra II (if enrolled), Geometry, Biology I and U.S. History EOCs, which constitute 30 percent of final course grades.

State Board Rule 6A-10.0315, establishes the test scores used to determine whether a student is ready for college level coursework. If a student does not meet the state established cut score, this indicates that additional preparation may be necessary before entering college level courses. Assessments used to help determine readiness include the SAT, Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading, and ACT exams.