Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1078
By Senator Legg
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to education; amending s. 1007.35,
3 F.S.; revising the exams each public high school is
4 required to administer to all enrolled 10th grade
5 students to include ACT Aspire; providing an effective
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10 Section 1. Subsection (5), paragraph (j) of subsection (6),
11 and paragraph (a) of subsection (8) of section 1007.35, Florida
12 Statutes, are amended to read:
13 1007.35 Florida Partnership for Minority and
14 Underrepresented Student Achievement.—
15 (5) Each public high school, including, but not limited to,
16 schools and alternative sites and centers of the Department of
17 Juvenile Justice, shall provide for the administration of the
18 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
19 (PSAT/NMSQT), or ACT Aspire
Preliminary ACT (PLAN) to all
20 enrolled 10th grade students. However, a written notice shall be
21 provided to each parent that shall include the opportunity to
22 exempt his or her child from taking the PSAT/NMSQT or ACT Aspire
24 (a) Test results will provide each high school with a
25 database of student assessment data which certified school
26 counselors will use to identify students who are prepared or who
27 need additional work to be prepared to enroll and be successful
28 in AP courses or other advanced high school courses.
29 (b) Funding for the PSAT/NMSQT or ACT Aspire PLAN for all
30 10th grade students shall be contingent upon annual funding in
31 the General Appropriations Act.
32 (c) Public school districts must choose either the
33 PSAT/NMSQT or ACT Aspire PLAN for districtwide administration.
34 (6) The partnership shall:
35 (j) Provide information to students, parents, teachers,
36 counselors, administrators, districts, Florida College System
37 institutions, and state universities regarding PSAT/NMSQT or ACT
38 Aspire PLAN administration, including, but not limited to:
39 1. Test administration dates and times.
40 2. That participation in the PSAT/NMSQT or ACT Aspire PLAN
41 is open to all 10th grade 10 students.
42 3. The value of such tests in providing diagnostic feedback
43 on student skills.
44 4. The value of student scores in predicting the
45 probability of success on AP or other advanced course
47 (8)(a) By September 30 of each year, the partnership shall
48 submit to the department a report that contains an evaluation of
49 the effectiveness of the delivered services and activities.
50 Activities and services must be evaluated on their effectiveness
51 at raising student achievement and increasing the number of AP
52 or other advanced course examinations in low-performing middle
53 and high schools. Other indicators that must be addressed in the
54 evaluation report include the number of middle and high school
55 teachers trained; the effectiveness of the training; measures of
56 postsecondary readiness of the students affected by the program;
57 levels of participation in 10th grade PSAT/NMSQT or ACT Aspire
58 PLAN testing; and measures of student, parent, and teacher
59 awareness of and satisfaction with the services of the
61 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.