Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1714 By Senator Brandes 22-00843-16 20161714__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the competency-based innovation 3 pilot program; establishing a competency-based 4 innovation pilot program within the Department of 5 Education; defining the term “competency-based 6 education”; authorizing certain schools to apply to 7 the department for approval of a competency-based 8 innovation pilot program; specifying information to be 9 included in the application; authorizing certain 10 waivers; requiring the department to compile certain 11 information and provide access to statewide, 12 standardized assessments; requiring the department to 13 submit an annual report to the Governor and the 14 Legislature by a specified date; specifying the 15 contents of the annual report; providing for 16 expiration of the pilot program; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Competency-based innovation pilot program. 22 Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a competency-based 23 innovation pilot program is established within the Department of 24 Education. 25 (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “competency 26 based education” means a system in which a student may advance 27 to higher levels of learning after demonstrating a mastery of 28 concepts and skills instead of after a specified timeframe. 29 (2) Public schools in Lake and Pinellas Counties and the 30 P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School may submit an 31 application to the department for approval of a competency-based 32 innovation pilot program. The application shall be submitted on 33 a form provided and by a date specified by the department and 34 must include, but need not be limited to, the following: 35 (a) A vision for the pilot program, including a timeline 36 for the program and the timeframe for districtwide 37 implementation of competency-based education. 38 (b) Annual goals and performance outcomes that 39 participating schools must meet, including, but not limited to: 40 1. Student performance, as defined in s. 1008.34, Florida 41 Statutes. 42 2. Promotion and retention rates. 43 3. Graduation rates. 44 4. Indicators of college and career readiness. 45 (c) A communication plan for stakeholders, including 46 businesses and community members. 47 (d) A scope of, and a timeline for, professional 48 development. 49 (e) A plan for student progression based on mastery of 50 concepts and skills, including proposed methods to determine the 51 degree to which a student has attained mastery of concepts and 52 skills. 53 (f) A plan for using technology and digital and blended 54 learning to enhance student achievement and to facilitate 55 competency-based education. 56 (g) A plan for how resources will be allocated for the 57 pilot program at both the district and school levels. 58 (h) The recruitment and selection of participating schools. 59 (i) Rules to be waived, as authorized in subsection (3), as 60 necessary to implement the program. 61 (3) In addition to the waivers provided in s. 1001.10(3), 62 Florida Statutes, the State Board of Education may authorize the 63 Commissioner of Education to grant waivers relating to the 64 awarding of credit and pupil progression. 65 (4) The department shall: 66 (a) Compile student and staff schedules before and after 67 implementation of the pilot program. 68 (b) Provide access to statewide, standardized assessments 69 pursuant to s. 1008.22(3), Florida Statutes. 70 (c) By June 1 of each year, provide a report summarizing 71 the activities and accomplishments of the pilot programs and any 72 recommendations for statutory revisions for statewide 73 implementation to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and 74 the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 75 (5) This section expires June 30, 2021. 76 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.