Florida Senate - 2012                                     SB 420
       By Senator Smith
       29-00331-12                                            2012420__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to career and education planning;
    3         amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; revising the general
    4         requirements for middle grades promotion to require
    5         that a course in career and education planning explore
    6         the Florida Career Clusters; deleting a provision that
    7         requires the Department of Education to develop course
    8         frameworks and professional development materials for
    9         a career exploration and education planning course;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   15  1003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades
   17  promotion.—
   18         (1) Promotion from a school composed of middle grades 6, 7,
   19  and 8 requires that:
   20         (a) The student must successfully complete academic courses
   21  as follows:
   22         1. Three middle school or higher courses in English. These
   23  courses shall emphasize literature, composition, and technical
   24  text.
   25         2. Three middle school or higher courses in mathematics.
   26  Each middle school must offer at least one high school level
   27  mathematics course for which students may earn high school
   28  credit. Successful completion of a high school level Algebra I
   29  or geometry course is not contingent upon the student’s
   30  performance on the end-of-course assessment required under s.
   31  1008.22(3)(c)2.a.(I). However, beginning with the 2011-2012
   32  school year, to earn high school credit for an Algebra I course,
   33  a middle school student must pass the Algebra I end-of-course
   34  assessment, and beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, to
   35  earn high school credit for a geometry course, a middle school
   36  student must pass the geometry end-of-course assessment.
   37         3. Three middle school or higher courses in social studies,
   38  one semester of which must include the study of state and
   39  federal government and civics education. Beginning with students
   40  entering grade 6 in the 2012-2013 school year, one of these
   41  courses must be at least a one-semester civics education course
   42  that a student successfully completes in accordance with s.
   43  1008.22(3)(c) and that includes the roles and responsibilities
   44  of federal, state, and local governments; the structures and
   45  functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches
   46  of government; and the meaning and significance of historic
   47  documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the
   48  Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United
   49  States.
   50         4. Three middle school or higher courses in science.
   51  Successful completion of a high school level Biology I course is
   52  not contingent upon the student’s performance on the end-of
   53  course assessment required under s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a.(II).
   54  However, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, to earn high
   55  school credit for a Biology I course, a middle school student
   56  must pass the Biology I end-of-course assessment.
   57         5. One course in career and education planning to be
   58  completed in 7th or 8th grade. The course may be taught by any
   59  member of the instructional staff; must include career
   60  exploration aligned to the Florida Career Clusters supported by
   61  Florida’s Career Clusters Initiative; must include career
   62  exploration using Florida CHOICES or a comparable cost-effective
   63  program; must include educational planning using the online
   64  student advising system known as Florida Academic Counseling and
   65  Tracking for Students at the Internet website FACTS.org; and
   66  shall result in the completion of a personalized academic and
   67  career plan. The required personalized academic and career plan
   68  must inform students of high school graduation requirements,
   69  high school assessment and college entrance test requirements,
   70  Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program requirements, state
   71  university and Florida College System institution admission
   72  requirements, and programs through which a high school student
   73  can earn college credit, including Advanced Placement,
   74  International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate
   75  of Education, dual enrollment, career academy opportunities, and
   76  courses that lead to national industry certification.
   78  A student with a disability, as defined in s. 1007.02(2), for
   79  whom the individual education plan team determines that an end
   80  of-course assessment cannot accurately measure the student’s
   81  abilities, taking into consideration all allowable
   82  accommodations, shall have the end-of-course assessment results
   83  waived for purposes of determining the student’s course grade
   84  and completing the requirements for middle grades promotion.
   85  Each school must hold a parent meeting either in the evening or
   86  on a weekend to inform parents about the course curriculum and
   87  activities. Each student shall complete an electronic personal
   88  education plan that must be signed by the student; the student’s
   89  instructor, guidance counselor, or academic advisor; and the
   90  student’s parent. The Department of Education shall develop
   91  course frameworks and professional development materials for the
   92  career exploration and education planning course. The course may
   93  be implemented as a stand-alone course or integrated into
   94  another course or courses. The Commissioner of Education shall
   95  collect longitudinal high school course enrollment data by
   96  student ethnicity in order to analyze course-taking patterns.
   97         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.