CS for CS for SB 468 First Engrossed 2016468e1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; authorizing high schools 4 to offer student opportunities to take specified 5 computer coding courses by a specified school year; 6 providing that high schools will not be required to 7 offer such courses; requiring the Commissioner of 8 Education to identify the computer coding courses that 9 satisfy two credits of foreign language instruction 10 under certain circumstances; requiring Florida College 11 System institutions and state universities to 12 recognize the credits as foreign language credits; 13 requiring each student and his or her parent to sign a 14 statement acknowledging and accepting that taking a 15 computer coding course as a foreign language may not 16 meet certain out-of-state requirements; requiring the 17 inclusion of certain computer coding courses in the 18 Course Code Directory; authorizing the Florida Virtual 19 School to offer computer coding courses identified in 20 the Course Code Directory; authorizing school 21 districts to provide students access to such courses 22 under certain circumstances; requiring the Department 23 of Education to annually report certain information to 24 the Board of Governors and the Legislature; providing 25 an effective date. 26 27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 28 29 Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 1007.2616, 30 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new 31 subsection (4) is added to that section, to read: 32 1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.— 33 (4) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, high schools 34 may, but will not be required to, provide students opportunities 35 to take computer coding courses of sufficient rigor, as 36 identified by the commissioner, such that two credits in such 37 courses and the earning of a related industry certification 38 satisfies two credits of sequential foreign language 39 instruction. Florida College System institutions and state 40 universities must recognize the credits as foreign language 41 credits; however, each student and his or her parent must sign a 42 statement acknowledging and accepting that taking a computer 43 coding course as a foreign language may not meet out-of-state 44 college and university foreign language requirements. Computer 45 coding courses created and identified by the commissioner and 46 computer coding courses taken to earn the related industry 47 certification shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 48 (a) The Florida Virtual School may offer computer coding 49 courses identified in the Course Code Directory. If a school 50 district does not offer an identified course, it may provide 51 students access to the course through the Florida Virtual School 52 or through other means. 53 (b) The Department of Education shall annually report to 54 the Board of Governors and the Legislature: 55 1. The courses identified in the Course Code Directory 56 which meet the academic standards for computer coding. 57 2. The number of students, by district, including students 58 enrolled in the Florida Virtual School, who are enrolled in a 59 course identified in the Course Code Directory which meets the 60 academic standards for computer coding. 61 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.