Florida Senate - 2016 CS for CS for SB 1714 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Education Pre-K - 12; and Senator Brandes 576-04195-16 20161714c2 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; providing reporting and funding requirements 11 for students participating in the pilot program at 12 participating schools; requiring the department to 13 compile certain information and provide access to 14 statewide, standardized assessments; requiring the 15 department to submit an annual report to the Governor 16 and the Legislature by a specified date; specifying 17 the contents of the annual report; providing for 18 expiration of the pilot program; providing an 19 effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. Competency-based innovation pilot program. 24 Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a competency-based 25 innovation pilot program is established within the Department of 26 Education. 27 (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “competency 28 based education” means a system in which a student may advance 29 to higher levels of learning after demonstrating a mastery of 30 concepts and skills instead of after a specified timeframe. 31 (2) Public schools in Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and 32 Seminole Counties; P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School; and 33 school districts or charter schools designated by the 34 Commissioner of Education may submit an application to the 35 department for approval of a competency-based innovation pilot 36 program. The application shall be submitted on a form provided 37 and by a date specified by the department and must include, but 38 need not be limited to, the following: 39 (a) A vision for the pilot program, including a timeline 40 for the program and the timeframe for districtwide 41 implementation of competency-based education. 42 (b) Annual goals and performance outcomes that 43 participating schools must meet, including, but not limited to: 44 1. Student performance, as defined in s. 1008.34, Florida 45 Statutes. 46 2. Promotion and retention rates. 47 3. Graduation rates. 48 4. Indicators of college and career readiness. 49 (c) A communication plan for stakeholders, including 50 businesses and community members. 51 (d) A scope of, and a timeline for, professional 52 development. 53 (e) A plan for student progression based on mastery of 54 concepts and skills, including proposed methods to determine the 55 degree to which a student has attained mastery of concepts and 56 skills. 57 (f) A plan for using technology and digital and blended 58 learning to enhance student achievement and to facilitate 59 competency-based education. 60 (g) A plan for how resources will be allocated for the 61 pilot program at both the district and school levels. 62 (h) The recruitment and selection of participating schools. 63 (i) Rules to be waived, as authorized in subsection (3), as 64 necessary to implement the program. 65 (3) In addition to the waivers provided in s. 1001.10(3), 66 Florida Statutes, the State Board of Education may authorize the 67 Commissioner of Education to grant waivers relating to the 68 awarding of credit and pupil progression. 69 (4) Students participating in the pilot program at 70 participating schools shall be reported and generate funding 71 consistent with the requirements of s. 1011.62, Florida 72 Statutes. 73 (5) The department shall: 74 (a) Compile student and staff schedules before and after 75 implementation of the pilot program. 76 (b) Provide access to statewide, standardized assessments 77 pursuant to s. 1008.22(3), Florida Statutes. 78 (c) By June 1 of each year, provide a report summarizing 79 the activities and accomplishments of the pilot programs and any 80 recommendations for statutory revisions for statewide 81 implementation to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and 82 the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 83 (6) This section expires June 30, 2021. 84 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.