Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1222
       By Senator Bradley
       5-01028-17                                            20171222__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to school grades; amending s. 1008.34,
    3         F.S.; providing that a school exhibits a feeder
    4         pattern for the purpose of designating school grades
    5         if at least a majority of its students are scheduled
    6         to be assigned to the graded school; providing an
    7         effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
   12  1008.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         1008.34 School grading system; school report cards;
   14  district grade.—
   16         (a) Each school must assess at least 95 percent of its
   17  eligible students, except as provided under s. 1008.341 for
   18  alternative schools. Each school shall receive a school grade
   19  based on the school’s performance on the components listed in
   20  subparagraphs (b)1. and 2. If a school does not have at least 10
   21  students with complete data for one or more of the components
   22  listed in subparagraphs (b)1. and 2., those components may not
   23  be used in calculating the school’s grade.
   24         1. An alternative school may choose to receive a school
   25  grade under this section or a school improvement rating under s.
   26  1008.341. For charter schools that meet the definition of an
   27  alternative school pursuant to State Board of Education rule,
   28  the decision to receive a school grade is the decision of the
   29  charter school governing board.
   30         2. A school that serves any combination of students in
   31  kindergarten through grade 3 that does not receive a school
   32  grade because its students are not tested and included in the
   33  school grading system shall receive the school grade designation
   34  of a K-3 feeder pattern school identified by the Department of
   35  Education and verified by the school district. A school feeder
   36  pattern exists if at least a majority 60 percent of the students
   37  in the school serving a combination of students in kindergarten
   38  through grade 3 are scheduled to be assigned to the graded
   39  school.
   40         3. If a collocated school does not earn a school grade or
   41  school improvement rating for the performance of its students,
   42  the student performance data of all schools operating at the
   43  same facility must be aggregated to develop a school grade that
   44  will be assigned to all schools at that location. A collocated
   45  school is a school that has its own unique master school
   46  identification number, provides for the education of each of its
   47  enrolled students, and operates at the same facility as another
   48  school that has its own unique master school identification
   49  number and provides for the education of each of its enrolled
   50  students.
   51         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.