Florida public universities approve classical admission test

Florida’s public university system has approved the use of the Classic Learning Test (CLT).

The test is meant to serve as an alternative to the SAT and ACT for admissions.

The CLT, created by the Classic Learning Initiatives in 2015, places emphasis on Christian values and Western ideals. Previously, the CLT was primarily used by religious colleges.

This decision aligns with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ conservative agenda for education. DeSantis has championed policies and practices that combat what he and other conservatives perceive as left-wing indoctrination. The state of Florida is also engaged in an ongoing feud with the College Board over its advanced placement African American studies course. The College Board administers the SAT and it was DeSantis who initially speculated about finding another vendor for admission exams.

The move to accept the CLT as an alternative to the SAT and ACT reflects a broader trend in higher education where standardized assessments’ influence is diminishing, driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in test-optional policies.

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