Florida Senate - 2016 SB 898 By Senator Garcia 38-01344-16 2016898__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to education; creating s. 1003.432, 3 F.S.; defining terms; establishing the State Seal of 4 Biliteracy Program to recognize a high school graduate 5 who has attained a high level of competency in one or 6 more world languages; providing the purpose of the 7 program; specifying criteria to earn the State Seal of 8 Biliteracy; requiring the Commissioner of Education 9 and school districts to perform specified duties to 10 administer the program; prohibiting a school district 11 or the Department of Education from charging a fee for 12 the State Seal of Biliteracy; requiring the State 13 Board of Education to adopt certain rules; amending s. 14 1009.534, F.S.; revising eligibility for the Florida 15 Academic Scholars award to include a student who has 16 been awarded an Advanced Placement Capstone diploma; 17 amending s. 1011.62, F.S.; requiring a specified 18 calculation of additional full-time equivalent student 19 membership for each student who receives an Advanced 20 Placement Capstone diploma in determining the annual 21 operating allocation for each school district; 22 providing a directive to the Division of Law Revision 23 and Information; providing an effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 1003.432, Florida Statutes, is created 28 to read: 29 1003.432 State Seal of Biliteracy for high school 30 graduates.— 31 (1) As used in this section, the term: 32 (a) “Biliteracy” means attainment of a high level of 33 competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one 34 or more world languages in addition to English. 35 (b) “World language” means a language other than English 36 which is spoken internationally and is acquired by many people 37 as a second language. 38 (2) The State Seal of Biliteracy Program is established to 39 recognize a high school graduate who has attained a high level 40 of competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in 41 one or more world languages in addition to English. The 42 Commissioner of Education shall award the State Seal of 43 Biliteracy upon graduation to a high school student who meets 44 the qualifications in this section. 45 (3) The purpose of the State Seal of Biliteracy Program is 46 to: 47 (a) Encourage students to study world languages. 48 (b) Certify attainment of biliteracy. 49 (c) Provide employers with a method of identifying an 50 individual with biliteracy skills. 51 (d) Provide a postsecondary institution with a method to 52 recognize an applicant with biliteracy skills who is seeking 53 admission to the postsecondary institution and to grant 54 postsecondary credit to a student with biliteracy skills who is 55 attending the institution. 56 (e) Recognize and promote world language instruction in 57 public schools. 58 (f) Affirm the value of diversity, honor multiple cultures 59 and world languages, and strengthen the relationships between 60 multiple cultures in a community. 61 (4) The State Seal of Biliteracy shall be awarded upon 62 graduation to a high school student who: 63 (a) Completed the high school graduation requirements in 64 English Language Arts established under s. 1003.4281, s. 65 1003.4282, or s. 1003.4295 with a cumulative grade point average 66 of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. 67 (b)1. Completed four credits of sequential instruction in a 68 high school world language course and attained a cumulative 69 grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in such 70 course, or the equivalent of these four credits; 71 2. Demonstrated competency in a world language through at 72 least one of the following: 73 a. Passing an International Baccalaureate examination in 74 the world language; 75 b. Passing an Advanced Placement Examination in the world 76 language; 77 c. Passing an SAT Subject Test examination in the world 78 language; or 79 d. Passing the Advanced International Certificate of 80 Education examination in the world language; or 81 3. Demonstrated competency in a world language through 82 means established by State Board of Education rule. 83 (5) The Commissioner of Education shall: 84 (a) Prepare and provide to each school district an 85 appropriate insignia to be affixed to the student’s diploma and 86 transcript indicating that the student has been awarded the 87 State Seal of Biliteracy. 88 (b) Provide information that is necessary for a school 89 district to successfully participate in the program. 90 (6) Each school district shall: 91 (a) Maintain appropriate records to identify a student who 92 has met the requirements to receive the State Seal of 93 Biliteracy. 94 (b) Provide the Commissioner of Education with the name of 95 each student who has met the requirements to receive the State 96 Seal of Biliteracy. 97 (c) Affix the appropriate insignia to the diploma and 98 transcript of each student who earns the State Seal of 99 Biliteracy. 100 (7) A school district or the Department of Education may 101 not charge a fee for the State Seal of Biliteracy. 102 (8) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 103 implement this section. Such rules, at a minimum, must include: 104 (a) A process to provide evidence of a student’s successful 105 completion of the requirements of subsection (4). 106 (b) The passing scores for the examinations listed in 107 subparagraph (4)(b)2. 108 (c) Alternative means by which a student may demonstrate 109 equivalent competency in a world language, including the means 110 by which a student whose native language is not English may 111 demonstrate competency in his or her native language to earn the 112 State Seal of Biliteracy. 113 Section 2. Subsection (1) of section 1009.534, Florida 114 Statutes, is amended to read: 115 1009.534 Florida Academic Scholars award.— 116 (1) A student is eligible for a Florida Academic Scholars 117 award if the student meets the general eligibility requirements 118 for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and the 119 student: 120 (a) Has achieved a 3.5 weighted grade point average as 121 calculated pursuant to s. 1009.531, or its equivalent, in high 122 school courses that are designated by the State Board of 123 Education as college-preparatory academic courses; and has 124 attained at least the score pursuant to s. 1009.531(6)(a) on the 125 combined verbal and quantitative parts of the Scholastic 126 Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test, or the recentered 127 Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Entrance Examination, 128 or an equivalent score on the ACT Assessment Program; 129 (b) Has attended a home education program according to s. 130 1002.41 during grades 11 and 12 or has completed the 131 International Baccalaureate curriculum but failed to earn the 132 International Baccalaureate Diploma or has completed the 133 Advanced International Certificate of Education curriculum but 134 failed to earn the Advanced International Certificate of 135 Education Diploma, and has attained at least the score pursuant 136 to s. 1009.531(6)(a) on the combined verbal and quantitative 137 parts of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment 138 Test, or the recentered Scholastic Assessment Test of the 139 College Entrance Examination, or an equivalent score on the ACT 140 Assessment Program; 141 (c) Has been awarded an Advanced Placement Capstone diploma 142 from the College Board, an International Baccalaureate Diploma 143 from the International Baccalaureate Office, or an Advanced 144 International Certificate of Education Diploma from the 145 University of Cambridge International Examinations Office; 146 (d) Has been recognized by the merit or achievement 147 programs of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a 148 scholar or finalist; or 149 (e) Has been recognized by the National Hispanic 150 Recognition Program as a scholar recipient. 151 152 A student must complete a program of community service work, as 153 approved by the district school board, the administrators of a 154 nonpublic school, or the Department of Education for home 155 education program students, which shall include a minimum of 75 156 hours of service work for high school students graduating in the 157 2010-2011 academic year and 100 hours of service work for high 158 school students graduating in the 2011-2012 academic year and 159 thereafter, and must identify a social problem that interests 160 him or her, develop a plan for his or her personal involvement 161 in addressing the problem, and, through papers or other 162 presentations, evaluate and reflect upon his or her experience. 163 Section 3. Paragraph (n) of subsection (1) of section 164 1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 165 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 166 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 167 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 168 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 169 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 170 follows: 171 (1) COMPUTATION OF THE BASIC AMOUNT TO BE INCLUDED FOR 172 OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in 173 determining the annual allocation to each district for 174 operation: 175 (n) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent 176 membership based on college board advanced placement scores of 177 students.—A value of 0.16 full-time equivalent student 178 membership shall be calculated for each student in each advanced 179 placement course who receives a score of 3 or higher on the 180 College Board Advanced Placement Examination. A value of 0.3 181 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for 182 each student who receives an Advanced Placement Capstone 183 diploma. Such values shall be
for the prior year andadded to 184 the total full-time equivalent student membership in basic 185 programs for grades 9 through 12 in the subsequent fiscal year. 186 Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the funds 187 provided to the district for advanced placement instruction, in 188 accordance with this paragraph, to the high school that 189 generates the funds. The school district shall distribute to 190 each classroom teacher who provided advanced placement 191 instruction: 192 1. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by 193 the Advanced Placement teacher in each advanced placement course 194 who receives a score of 3 or higher on the College Board 195 Advanced Placement Examination. 196 2. An additional bonus of $500 to each Advanced Placement 197 teacher in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F” who 198 has at least one student scoring 3 or higher on the College 199 Board Advanced Placement Examination, regardless of the number 200 of classes taught or of the number of students scoring a 3 or 201 higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. 202 203 Bonuses awarded to a teacher according to this paragraph shall 204 not exceed $2,000 in any given school year. However, the maximum 205 bonus shall be $3,000 if at least 50 percent of the students 206 enrolled in a teacher’s course earn a score of 3 or higher on 207 the examination in a school with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” or 208 if at least 25 percent of the students enrolled in a teacher’s 209 course earn a score of 3 or higher on the examination in a 210 school with a grade of “D” or “F.” Bonuses awarded under this 211 paragraph shall be in addition to any regular wage or other 212 bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive. For such 213 courses, the teacher shall earn an additional bonus of $50 for 214 each student who has a qualifying score up to the maximum of 215 $3,000 in any given school year. 216 Section 4. The Division of Law Revision and Information is 217 directed to change the term “foreign language” to “world 218 language,” the term “foreign languages” to “world languages,” 219 and the term “foreign-language credits” to “world-language 220 credits” wherever the terms appear in ss. 1001.41-1007.34, 221 Florida Statutes. 222 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.