Florida Senate - 2015                                    SB 7050
       By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       585-02415-15                                          20157050__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to digital classrooms; amending s.
    3         282.0051, F.S.; requiring the Agency for State
    4         Technology to establish and publish information
    5         technology architecture standards for purposes of
    6         implementing digital classrooms by a specified date;
    7         requiring the agency to collaborate with the
    8         Department of Education and the Department of
    9         Management Services to identify certain state contract
   10         procurement options for services that support such
   11         standards and to identify certain shared services
   12         available through the State Data Center to facilitate
   13         the implementation of school district digital
   14         classrooms plans; requiring the agency’s annual
   15         assessment of the Department of Education to review
   16         specified issues with respect to school district
   17         digital classrooms plans and to provide planning
   18         assistance to address and reduce issues identified by
   19         the assessment; authorizing the agency to contract for
   20         assistance with the annual assessment if needed;
   21         requiring the agency to provide the annual assessment
   22         to the Commissioner of Education by a specified date;
   23         requiring a school district to take specified action
   24         within a certain period if the district is notified by
   25         the Department of Education that it is not in
   26         compliance with the information technology
   27         architecture standards; amending s. 1011.62, F.S.;
   28         requiring the Department of Education to contract with
   29         an independent, auditing entity if the administration
   30         of online assessments after a certain date does not
   31         comply with the minimum assessment protocols and
   32         requirements established by the department; requiring
   33         the auditing entity to perform certain duties;
   34         amending s. 282.00515, F.S.; conforming a cross
   35         reference; providing an appropriation to the agency;
   36         providing an effective date.
   38  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   40         Section 1. Subsections (2), (7), and (10) of section
   41  282.0051, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   42         282.0051 Agency for State Technology; powers, duties, and
   43  functions.—The Agency for State Technology shall have the
   44  following powers, duties, and functions:
   45         (2) Establish and publish information technology
   46  architecture standards that:
   47         (a)to Provide for the most efficient use of the state’s
   48  information technology resources and that to ensure
   49  compatibility and alignment with the needs of state agencies.
   50  The agency shall assist state agencies in complying with the
   51  standards.
   52         (b) Address for purposes of implementing digital classrooms
   53  under s. 1011.62(12) issues that include, but are not limited
   54  to, device recommendations, security requirements, connectivity
   55  requirements, and browser expectations. Such standards must be
   56  published by July 1, 2016.
   57         (7)(a) Participate with the Department of Management
   58  Services in evaluating, conducting, and negotiating competitive
   59  solicitations for state term contracts for information
   60  technology commodities, consultant services, or staff
   61  augmentation contractual services pursuant to s. 287.0591.
   62         (b) Collaborate with the Department of Management Services
   63  in information technology resource acquisition planning.
   64         (c) Collaborate with the Department of Education and the
   65  Department of Management Services to identify:
   66         1. State term contract procurement options that are
   67  available to school districts which provide information
   68  technology commodities, consultant services, or staff
   69  augmentation contractual services that support the information
   70  technology architecture standards applicable to digital
   71  classrooms.
   72         2.Shared services available to school districts through
   73  the State Data Center to facilitate the implementation of school
   74  district digital classrooms plans.
   75         (10)(a) Beginning July 1, 2016, and annually thereafter,
   76  conduct annual assessments of state agencies to determine
   77  compliance with all information technology standards and
   78  guidelines developed and published by the agency, and beginning
   79  December 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, provide results of
   80  the assessments to the Executive Office of the Governor, the
   81  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   82  Representatives.
   83         (b) Include in the annual assessment of the Department of
   84  Education under paragraph (a):
   85         1. A review of each school district’s digital classrooms
   86  plan submitted to the Department of Education under s.
   87  1011.62(12), to determine the school district’s compliance with
   88  the information technology architecture standards adopted under
   89  paragraph (2)(b) and to ensure the accuracy of the school
   90  district’s information technology resources inventory as
   91  submitted to the Department of Education’s Technology Resources
   92  Inventory System.
   93         2. Planning assistance to the Department of Education,
   94  school districts, and public schools to address and reduce any
   95  issues identified by the annual assessment.
   96         (c) Contract, if assistance with the completion of the
   97  annual assessment under paragraph (b) is needed, with one or
   98  more independent, third-party professional organizations.
   99         (d) Provide the annual assessment under paragraph (b) to
  100  the Commissioner of Education by December 1, 2016, and annually
  101  thereafter. If the Department of Education notifies a school
  102  district that the district is not in compliance with the
  103  information technology architecture standards adopted under
  104  paragraph (2)(b), the district, within 60 days after such
  105  notification, must become compliant, obtain an exemption from
  106  such compliance from the Department of Education, or procure
  107  services through the agency or the Department of Management
  108  Services to achieve compliance.
  109         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (12) of section
  110  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  111         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  112  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  113  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  114  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  115  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  116  follows:
  118         (b) Each district school board shall adopt a district
  119  digital classrooms plan that meets the unique needs of students,
  120  schools, and personnel and submit the plan for approval to the
  121  Department of Education. In addition, each district school board
  122  must, at a minimum, seek input from the district’s
  123  instructional, curriculum, and information technology staff to
  124  develop the district digital classrooms plan. The district’s
  125  plan must be within the general parameters established in the
  126  Florida digital classrooms plan pursuant to s. 1001.20. In
  127  addition, if the district participates in federal technology
  128  initiatives and grant programs, the district digital classrooms
  129  plan must include a plan for meeting requirements of such
  130  initiatives and grant programs. Funds allocated under this
  131  subsection must be used to support implementation of district
  132  digital classrooms plans. By October 1, 2014, and by March 1 of
  133  each year thereafter, on a date determined by the department,
  134  each district school board shall submit to the department, in a
  135  format prescribed by the department, a digital classrooms plan.
  136  At a minimum, such plan must include, and be annually updated to
  137  reflect, the following:
  138         1. Measurable student performance outcomes. Outcomes
  139  related to student performance, including outcomes for students
  140  with disabilities, must be tied to the efforts and strategies to
  141  improve outcomes related to student performance by integrating
  142  technology in classroom teaching and learning. Results of the
  143  outcomes shall be reported at least annually for the current
  144  school year and subsequent 3 years and be accompanied by an
  145  independent evaluation and validation of the reported results.
  146         2. Digital learning and technology infrastructure purchases
  147  and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must
  148  be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1.,
  149  including, but not limited to, connectivity, broadband access,
  150  wireless capacity, Internet speed, and data security, all of
  151  which must meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols
  152  established by the department. For each year that the district
  153  uses funds for infrastructure, a third-party, independent
  154  evaluation of the district’s technology inventory and
  155  infrastructure needs must accompany the district’s plan.
  156         3. Professional development purchases and operational
  157  activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the
  158  measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not
  159  limited to, using technology in the classroom and improving
  160  digital literacy and competency.
  161         4. Digital tool purchases and operational activities. Such
  162  purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes
  163  under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to,
  164  competency-based credentials that measure and demonstrate
  165  digital competency and certifications; third-party assessments
  166  that demonstrate acquired knowledge and use of digital
  167  applications; and devices that meet or exceed minimum
  168  requirements and protocols established by the department.
  169         5. Online assessment-related purchases and operational
  170  activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the
  171  measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not
  172  limited to, expanding the capacity to administer assessments and
  173  compatibility with minimum assessment protocols and requirements
  174  established by the department. If the administration of online
  175  assessments after January 1, 2015, does not comply with the
  176  minimum assessment protocols and requirements established by the
  177  department, the department shall contract with an independent,
  178  auditing entity that has expertise in the area of the
  179  noncompliance to evaluate the extent of the noncompliance and
  180  provide recommendations to remediate the noncompliance in future
  181  administrations of online assessments.
  182         Section 3. Section 282.00515, Florida Statutes, is amended
  183  to read:
  184         282.00515 Duties of Cabinet agencies.—The Department of
  185  Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial Services, and the
  186  Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall adopt the
  187  standards established in s. 282.0051(2)(a), (3), and (8) or
  188  adopt alternative standards based on best practices and industry
  189  standards, and may contract with the Agency for State Technology
  190  to provide or perform any of the services and functions
  191  described in s. 282.0051 for the Department of Legal Affairs,
  192  the Department of Financial Services, or the Department of
  193  Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  194         Section 4. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of
  195  $9,993,566, from the General Revenue Fund is appropriated in the
  196  “Special Categories - Contracted Services” appropriation
  197  category to the Agency for State Technology to conduct the
  198  agency’s duties under s. 282.0051(10)(b) and (c), Florida
  199  Statutes.
  200         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.