Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 468 By the Committee on Education Pre-K - 12; and Senators Ring and Brandes 581-01804-16 2016468c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; requiring high schools to 4 offer computer coding courses; requiring the 5 Commissioner of Education to identify the computer 6 coding courses that satisfy two credits of foreign 7 language instruction under certain circumstances; 8 requiring Florida College System institutions and 9 state universities to recognize the credits as foreign 10 language credits; requiring the inclusion of certain 11 computer coding courses in the Course Code Directory; 12 requiring each district school board to submit a plan 13 for a computer coding curriculum to the commissioner 14 and the Legislature by a specified date; providing an 15 effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 1007.2616, 20 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new 21 subsection (4) is added to that section, to read: 22 1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.— 23 (4) High schools must provide students opportunities to 24 take computer coding courses of sufficient rigor, as identified 25 by the commissioner, such that two credits in such courses and 26 the earning of a related industry certification satisfies two 27 credits of sequential foreign language instruction. Florida 28 College System institutions and state universities must 29 recognize the credits as foreign language credits. Computer 30 coding courses identified by the commissioner and computer 31 coding courses taken to earn the related industry certification 32 shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 33 Section 2. Each district school board shall develop a plan 34 for a computer coding curriculum and must submit its plan to the 35 Commissioner of Education, the President of the Senate, and the 36 Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2017. 37 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.