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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Policy

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Ability to Benefit

Unless exempt, all students of Bradford-Union Technical Center that are enrolled in a course of 450 hours or longer must take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) as required by Florida Statute 1004.91 and associated State Administrative Rules. Every student admitted to a career and technical education program must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from the instruction by performance on the TABE test. A complete listing of TABE scores and requirements is provided below.

Exemptions

Students may be exempt from the TABE requirement if:

  1. They have a college degree at the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) level or higher.
  2. They are an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
  3. Enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education in accordance with Chapter 446.
  4. They have passed a state or national industry certification or licensure examination that is identified in State Board of Education rules and is aligned to the career education program in which they are enrolled.
  5. They entered ninth grade in a Florida Public School in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma.

Students with a documented, qualifying disability may also be exempt from the TABE test requirements for program completion. All exemptions require documentation, diplomas, or transcripts, as applicable.

All students not meeting the above criteria as a demonstration of the ability to benefit from the instruction will be enrolled in the Applied Academics for Adult Education course. Applied Academic instruction provides remediation to ensure the student will have the opportunity to meet the description of Ability to Benefit. Students must begin remediation classes prior to or at the time of enrollment in a Career Technical Education class and make acceptable progress as determined by BUTC. Students should meet minimum TABE requirements by the time they have completed 50% of their program. Students who do not meet state mandated TABE scores may not receive a certificate of completion.  Any student withdrawn from remediation due to non-attendance (six consecutive absences) will not be permitted to continue in their program of study. Absences accumulated during this time will be applied to the 40 hours each student is allotted per term. *This will also affect Financial Aid*

Remediation (Tech Programs Only)

Students who have a TABE score of more than one point below the achievement level for their respective program of study must attend 30 hours of remediation. Once the 30 hours has been met students may retake the TABE test to achieve the appropriate score for their program of study. All Tardy and Absence Policies apply to remediation classes.

Applicants transferring TABE scores from other testing centers must have an official score report sent to Student Services prior to enrollment. Unofficial score reports will not be accepted.

TABE scores expire after two years (except LPN, one year) and must be valid at the time of enrollment. TABE scores that expire during continuous enrollment remain valid until the end of such enrollment. Under continuous enrollment, students must be enrolled at least 50% of one semester per school year and may miss no more than one consecutive semester. Continuous enrollment applies to attendance in a single program.

Grade Level Requirements to Achieve Certificate

Determining Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency information applies to all CTE students. In order to qualify for Florida resident tuition, legal residence must be dated, issued, or filed 12 months before entering the first day of any program. All documents provided are subject to verification.

If a student (or student’s parent or legal guardian in the case of a dependent student) has lived in Florida for 12 consecutive months or more before the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought, he or she may qualify for Florida Residency for tuition purposes. This means that the State of Florida will pay a portion of the student’s fees. Non-residents will be required to pay the full cost of instruction, or out-of-state fees.

Upon application to Bradford-Union Technical Center each prospective student who is claiming Florida residency shall provide clear and convincing evidence that establishes that he or she, or if a dependent, the student’s parent or legal guardian, has been a Florida resident for the preceding twelve consecutive months. No single piece of documentation shall be conclusive according to State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.014; therefore, Bradford-Union Technical Center will ask for two pieces of documentation.

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At least two of the following documents must be submitted with dates that evidence a 12-month qualifying period.

First Tier: (at least one of the two documents submitted must be from this list)

Second Tier: (may be used in conjunction with one document from First Tier)

Unacceptable forms of identification include Social Security Cards, Hunting/Fishing Licenses, Library Cards, Shopping club/rental cards, Birth Certificates, Cell Phone Bill, and Passports.

Transfer of Students from Out of School

Upon receipt of a transcript from an accredited institution, occupational completion points may be applied to the course/program of enrollment if comparable. Competence checks not included in an occupational completion point are also available for previously learned knowledge and skills.

Transfer of Students within the School

Students may drop a class and enroll in any other class or program on a space available basis. Competencies earned prior to the withdrawal would be used to determine if the student had reached an occupational completion point or literacy completion point prior to the withdrawal. The competencies may also be transferred to the new course/program if appropriate. The attendance record will transfer to the new course/program.

High School Student Enrollment

Bradford and Union County High School students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 may attend the Bradford-Union Technical Center and earn elective credits. Tuition, fees, and books are free. Some courses require equipment and/or uniform costs. Certain programs require a minimum of two periods per day. Contact your school counselor or a Student Services representative for additional information on courses available to high school students.