The State University System of Florida is considering accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT), an alternative to the SAT and ACT that emphasizes Western and Christian canonical texts in its assessments.
The Board of Governors for the university system is set to vote on this matter, with the potential implementation of CLT scores for applicants starting in the upcoming fall semester.
Ray Rodrigues, the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, has expressed support for the CLT and its focus on classical education, which includes reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Florida considers including CLT in university admissions
He believes that incorporating the CLT into the admissions process would broaden access to education.
Jeremy Tate, the founder and designer of the CLT, anticipates that the vote will likely pass, as there is strong support for its inclusion.
If approved, Florida would become the first state higher education system to accept the CLT.
Previously, this test was primarily used by Christian colleges and select private institutions, such as Hillsdale College in Michigan and St. John’s College in Maryland.
This move is part of a broader trend in Florida, where there has been increased political involvement in higher education, including conflicts with the College Board over Advanced Placement (AP) course content.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill in May requiring the state-funded Bright Futures Scholarship to recognize the CLT, further paving the way for its adoption in Florida’s higher education institutions.