Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SPB 7060
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  03/04/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 805 and 806
    4  insert:
    5         Section 9. (1)Based on documentation from a physician
    6  licensed under chapter 458, Florida Statutes, and after
    7  reviewing the district school board superintendent’s
    8  recommendation, the Commissioner of Education must grant:
    9         (a)A permanent exemption from taking statewide,
   10  standardized assessments to a student who, as determined by a
   11  physician licensed pursuant to chapter 458, Florida Statutes, is
   12  a “child with medical complexity.” For purposes of this
   13  paragraph, the term “child with medical complexity” means a
   14  child who has medical fragility and intensive care needs due to
   15  a congenital or acquired multisystem disease, a severe
   16  neurologic condition with marked functional impairment, or
   17  technology dependent for activities of daily living.
   18         (b)A one-year exemption from taking statewide,
   19  standardized assessments to a student who suffers from such a
   20  significant cognitive or physical disability that the student
   21  temporarily lacks the capacity to take statewide, standardized
   22  assessments.
   23         (2)A parent may request that the student participate in
   24  statewide, standardized assessments, including, but not limited
   25  to, the Florida Alternate Assessment, during the term of the
   26  exemption.
   27         (3)The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
   28  administer this section, including, but not limited to,
   29  expediting the exemption process to demonstrate the utmost
   30  compassion and consideration for meeting the parent’s and
   31  student’s needs, and establishing deadlines for the
   32  superintendent to provide a recommendation to the commissioner.
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   35  And the title is amended as follows:
   36         Delete line 25
   37  and insert:
   38         correcting cross-references; requiring the
   39         Commissioner of Education to exempt students from
   40         taking statewide, standardized assessments under
   41         certain circumstances; authorizing a parent to request
   42         that a student who is granted an exemption participate
   43         in statewide, standardized assessments; requiring the
   44         State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an
   45         effective