Adult General Education (AGE)

The Adult General Education (AGE) program in Miami-Dade County is required to follow the performance-based funding guidelines outlined by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Performance-based funding is an accountability system with a built-in incentive structure that encourages progress toward certain established goals and performance objectives with periodic measurements of progress.

This program is designed to provide opportunities for adults to improve their basic skills. The program is aimed at students functioning below the ninth grade level. There are four components as follows:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) focuses on reading, writing, and/or math. Improving basic skill levels gives students the opportunity to continue studies. Students entering the program and wishing to study are required to take a placement test called the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess the student’s academic needs.
  • Students functioning at literacy grade levels between 6-9 are enrolled in Adult Basic Education class.

Listed below are the placement levels based on the TABE test scores:

TABE L Literacy 0.0 – 3.9
TABE E Easy 0.0 – 5.9
TABE M Medium 2.0 – 7.9
TABE D Difficult 4.0 – 10.9
TABE A Advanced 7.0 – 12.9
  • These studies are in the General Education Development (GED) program, which prepares students to take an examination to obtain a high school diploma. Course work covers language arts, reading, writing, science, and social studies. In addition to academics, course work may incorporate work place skills which in turn can lead to more productive employment opportunities.  Students are required to take a pre-GED placement test.
  • Students who want to study English As A Second Language (ESOL) are required to take a placement test called the Comprehensive Adult Students Assessment Systems (CASAS).

Listed below are the placement scores based on the CASAS test:

Procedures to Determine Initial EFL and EFL/LCP Gains
CASAS Reading 80 Series – Listening 980 Series

NRS EFL Reading
Score Range
27/28 and 80R
980 Listening Scores LCP
27/28 – 153 – 180
80R – 171 – 180
169 – 180 A
181 – 190 181 – 189 B
High Beginning
191 – 200 190 – 199 C
201 – 210 200 – 209 D
211 – 220 210 – 218 E
221 – 235 219 – 227 F
College and Career Readliness*
236 or more 228 or more
*College and Career Readliness is a separate course in the ESOL Program. It is above the levels of the Adult ESOL Program.
  • First determine the EFL of the reading score and the listening score.
  • Since the Reading Score Ranges and the Listening Score Ranges are different, please follow the guidelines below:

– Different test scores (in Listening and Reading) but same level, use the lower score.
– Different levels but same test scores (in Listening and Reading), use the lower level.
– Different test scores (in Listening and Reading) and different levels, use the lower level.
– Same test scores (in Listening and Reading) in same level, use the Reading score.

This is automatically updated by FOCUS

  • In addition, citizenship classes are available to prepare students to take the examination to become a U.S. citizen.