Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (464990) for CS for SB 1714
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/25/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Hays) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 23 - 41
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
    6  1003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades
    8  promotion.—
    9         (1) In order for a student to be promoted to high school
   10  from a school that includes middle grades 6, 7, and 8, the
   11  student must successfully complete the following courses:
   12         (e) One course in career and education planning to be
   13  completed in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The course may be taught by
   14  any member of the instructional staff. At a minimum, the course
   15  must be Internet-based, easy to use, and customizable to each
   16  student and include research-based assessments to assist
   17  students in determining educational and career options and
   18  goals. In addition, the course must result in a completed
   19  personalized academic and career plan for the student; must
   20  emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship skills; must
   21  emphasize technology or the application of technology in career
   22  fields; and, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, must
   23  include information from the Department of Economic
   24  Opportunity’s economic security report as described in s.
   25  445.07. The required personalized academic and career plan must
   26  inform students of high school graduation requirements,
   27  including a detailed explanation of the diploma designation
   28  options provided under s. 1003.4285; high school assessment and
   29  college entrance test requirements; Florida Bright Futures
   30  Scholarship Program requirements; state university and Florida
   31  College System institution admission requirements; available
   32  opportunities to earn college credit in high school, including
   33  Advanced Placement courses; the International Baccalaureate
   34  Program; the Advanced International Certificate of Education
   35  Program; dual enrollment, including career dual enrollment; and
   36  career education courses, including career-themed courses and
   37  courses that lead to industry certification pursuant to s.
   38  1003.492 or s. 1008.44. The course in career and education
   39  planning required in this paragraph may include, or a school
   40  district may develop, grade level curricula or instruction that
   41  introduces students to various careers, but the course or school
   42  district must not require any curriculum, instruction, or
   43  employment-related activity that obligates an elementary or
   44  secondary student to involuntarily select a career, a career
   45  interest, an employment goal, or a related job training.
   47  Each school must inform parents about the course curriculum and
   48  activities. Each student shall complete a personal education
   49  plan that must be signed by the student and the student’s
   50  parent. The Department of Education shall develop course
   51  frameworks and professional development materials for the career
   52  and education planning course. The course may be implemented as
   53  a stand-alone course or integrated into another course or
   54  courses. The Commissioner of Education shall collect
   55  longitudinal high school course enrollment data by student
   56  ethnicity in order to analyze course-taking patterns.
   57         Section 2. Competency-based innovation pilot program.
   58  Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a competency-based
   59  innovation pilot program is established within the Department of
   60  Education.
   61         (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “competency
   62  based education” means a system in which a student may advance
   63  to higher levels of learning after demonstrating a mastery of
   64  concepts and skills instead of after a specified timeframe.
   65         (2) Public schools in Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and
   66  Seminole Counties; P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School; and
   67  school districts or charter schools designated by the
   68  Commissioner of Education may submit an application to the
   69  department for approval of a competency-based innovation pilot
   70  program. A school or school district may discontinue its
   71  participation in the pilot program at its discretion, or a
   72  student who participates in the pilot program may discontinue
   73  his or her participation in the program at the discretion of the
   74  student or the student’s parent. The application for approval of
   75  a competency-based pilot program shall be submitted on a form
   76  provided and by a date specified by the department and must
   77  include, but need not be limited to, the following:
   78         (a) A vision for the pilot program, including a timeline
   79  for the program.
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   82  And the title is amended as follows:
   83         Delete lines 2 - 8
   84  and insert:
   85         An act relating to the competency-based education;
   86         amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; authoring career and
   87         education planning courses to include, or school
   88         districts to develop, specified grade level curricula
   89         or instruction; prohibiting such courses or school
   90         districts from requiring certain curricula,
   91         instruction, or activities; establishing a competency
   92         based innovation pilot program within the Department
   93         of Education; defining the term “competency-based
   94         education”; authorizing certain schools to apply to
   95         the department for approval of a competency-based
   96         innovation pilot program; specifying that participants
   97         may choose to discontinue their participation in the
   98         program; specifying information to be