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. 37 38 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 39 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)
toProvide for the most efficient use of the state’s 48 information technology resources and that toensure 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: 117 (12) FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS ALLOCATION.— 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.