Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 524
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Floor: WD            .                                
             03/10/2016 09:05 AM       .                                

       Senator Hays moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 1550 - 1568
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 19. 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, which the
   20  student is in no way obligated to pursue; must emphasize the
   21  importance of entrepreneurship skills; must emphasize technology
   22  or the application of technology in career fields; and,
   23  beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, must include
   24  information from the Department of Economic Opportunity’s
   25  economic security report as described in s. 445.07. The required
   26  personalized academic and career plan must inform students of
   27  high school graduation requirements, including a detailed
   28  explanation of the diploma designation options provided under s.
   29  1003.4285; high school assessment and college entrance test
   30  requirements; Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
   31  requirements; state university and Florida College System
   32  institution admission requirements; available opportunities to
   33  earn college credit in high school, including Advanced Placement
   34  courses; the International Baccalaureate Program; the Advanced
   35  International Certificate of Education Program; dual enrollment,
   36  including career dual enrollment; and career education courses,
   37  including career-themed courses and courses that lead to
   38  industry certification pursuant to s. 1003.492 or s. 1008.44.
   39  The course in career and education planning required in this
   40  paragraph may include, or a school district may develop, grade
   41  level curricula or instruction that introduces students to
   42  various careers, but the course or school district must not
   43  require any curriculum, instruction, or employment-related
   44  activity that obligates an elementary or secondary student to
   45  involuntarily select a career, a career interest, an employment
   46  goal, or a related job training.
   48  Each school must inform parents about the course curriculum and
   49  activities. Each student shall complete a personal education
   50  plan that must be signed by the student and the student’s
   51  parent. The Department of Education shall develop course
   52  frameworks and professional development materials for the career
   53  and education planning course. The course may be implemented as
   54  a stand-alone course or integrated into another course or
   55  courses. The Commissioner of Education shall collect
   56  longitudinal high school course enrollment data by student
   57  ethnicity in order to analyze course-taking patterns.
   58         Section 20. Competency-based innovation pilot program.
   59  Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a competency-based
   60  innovation pilot program is established within the Department of
   61  Education.
   62         (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “competency
   63  based education” means a system in which a student may advance
   64  to higher levels of learning after demonstrating a mastery of
   65  concepts and skills instead of after a specified timeframe.
   66         (2) Public schools in Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and
   67  Seminole Counties; P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School; and
   68  school districts or charter schools designated by the
   69  Commissioner of Education may submit an application to the
   70  department for approval of a competency-based innovation pilot
   71  program. A school or school district may discontinue its
   72  participation in the pilot program at its discretion, or a
   73  student who participates in the pilot program may discontinue
   74  his or her participation in the program at the end of the
   75  current academic period and at the discretion of the student or
   76  the student’s parent. The application for approval of a
   77  competency-based pilot program shall be submitted on a form
   78  provided and by a date specified by the department and must
   79  include, but need not be limited to, the following:
   80         (a) A vision for the pilot program, including a timeline
   81  for the program.
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   84  And the title is amended as follows:
   85         Delete lines 147 - 152
   86  and insert:
   87         for certain projects; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.;
   88         specifying that a student is not obligated to pursue
   89         the personalized academic and career plan; authoring
   90         career and education planning courses to include, or
   91         school districts to develop, specified grade level
   92         curricula or instruction; prohibiting such courses or
   93         school districts from requiring certain curricula,
   94         instruction, or activities; establishing a competency
   95         based innovation pilot program within the Department
   96         of Education; defining the term “competency-based
   97         education”; authorizing certain schools to apply to
   98         the department for approval of a competency-based
   99         innovation pilot program; specifying that participants
  100         may choose to discontinue their participation in the
  101         program; specifying information to be