Florida Senate - 2019 SB 348 By Senator Montford 3-00685-19 2019348__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Exceptional Student Education 3 State Assessment Accommodation Task Force; 4 establishing the Exceptional Student Education State 5 Assessment Accommodation Task Force within the 6 Department of Education for the purpose of making 7 recommendations on school accommodations for 8 exceptional students; requiring the task force to 9 convene by a specified date; providing for membership 10 of the task force; requiring that members be appointed 11 by a specified date; providing conditions of meetings 12 of the task force; requiring the task force to post 13 certain documents and recordings to the department’s 14 website; providing duties of the task force and the 15 department; requiring the task force to submit 16 recommendations to the State Board of Education by a 17 specified date; requiring the board to submit a report 18 to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified 19 date; providing for the expiration of the task force; 20 providing an effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. (1) The Exceptional Student Education State 25 Assessment Accommodation Task Force, a task force as defined in 26 s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, is established within the Department 27 of Education and, except as otherwise provided, is subject to s. 28 20.052, Florida Statutes. The task force shall convene no later 29 than July 1, 2019. The task force shall be composed of 16 30 members. Five members shall be appointed by the Governor, five 31 members shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, five 32 members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of 33 Representatives, and one member shall be the Commissioner of 34 Education. 35 (a) The Governor shall appoint five members to include one 36 school district curriculum director, a current school district 37 assessment director, a public school principal, a current 38 teacher of exceptional education students, and a parent of a 39 public school student with special needs. 40 (b) The President of the Senate shall appoint five members 41 to include one current district school superintendent, a current 42 district assessment director, a public school principal, a 43 current teacher of exceptional education students, and a parent 44 of a public school student with special needs. 45 (c) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall 46 appoint five members to include at least one school board 47 member, a current teacher of exceptional education students, and 48 a parent of a public school student with special needs. 49 (d) Each member shall serve at the pleasure of the officer 50 who appointed the member. Appointments must be made within 30 51 days after the effective date of this act. A vacancy on the task 52 force shall be filled in the same manner as the original 53 appointment. 54 (2) The task force shall be chaired by the Commissioner of 55 Education. 56 (3) The task force shall meet as necessary, but at least 57 six times, at the call of the chair and at the time and place he 58 or she designates. The task force must conduct its meetings 59 around the state, including rural and urban locations. 60 (4) Public documents and recordings of meetings must be 61 posted on the department’s website, on an individual page for 62 the task force. 63 (5) The task force shall develop and provide 64 recommendations to the State Board of Education for the 65 improvement of accommodations for standardized assessments of 66 exceptional students. The department shall provide staff to 67 assist the task force in performing its duties. In developing 68 its recommendations, the task force shall review: 69 (a) The current approved list of accommodations provided to 70 exceptional students; 71 (b) Accommodations provided by other states to their 72 exceptional students; and 73 (c) Testimony by stakeholders, including: 74 1. The chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education and 75 Student Services of the Department of Education; 76 2. The Deputy Commissioner of the Division of 77 Accountability, Research, and Measurement in the Department of 78 Education; 79 3. Teachers of exceptional education students; 80 4. Parents of exceptional education students; 81 5. Principals and other administrators; and 82 6. District school superintendents. 83 (6) The task force shall submit recommendations to the 84 State Board of Education for approval no later than October 1, 85 2019. The State Board of Education must submit, in writing, its 86 recommendations based on the recommendations of the task force 87 no later than November 1, 2019, to the Governor, the President 88 of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 89 The task force may submit all or part of its recommendations at 90 any time before October 1, 2019, but a final report summarizing 91 its recommendations must be submitted at the completion of its 92 work. Upon submission of the final report, the task force shall 93 expire. 94 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.