Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 360
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/17/2017           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education (Stargel)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Comprehensive study on middle school
    6  performance.—
    7         (1) The Department of Education shall issue a competitive
    8  solicitation for a contract with private vendors to conduct a
    9  comprehensive study of states with high-performing students in
   10  grades 6 through 8 in reading and mathematics, based on the
   11  states’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational
   12  Progress.
   13         (2) The study must include a review of at least all of the
   14  following:
   15         (a) Academic expectations and instructional strategies,
   16  including:
   17         1. Alignment of elementary and middle grades expectations
   18  with high school graduation requirements;
   19         2. Research-based instructional practices in reading and
   20  mathematics, including those targeting low-performing and high
   21  performing students;
   22         3. The rigor of the curriculum and courses and the
   23  availability of accelerated courses;
   24         4. The availability of student support services;
   25         5. The sequence of courses and the prerequisites required
   26  for advanced courses;
   27         6. The availability of before- and after-school programs,
   28  and efforts to address the summer gap between school years,
   29  including related funding; and
   30         7. The availability of other academic and noncore classes,
   31  and electives.
   32         (b) Attendance policies and student mobility issues.
   33         (c) Teacher quality, including:
   34         1. Teacher certification and recertification requirements;
   35         2. Teacher preparedness to teach rigorous courses;
   36         3. Teacher preparation specific to teaching middle school
   37  students;
   38         4. Teacher recruitment and vacancy issues;
   39         5. Staff development requirements and the availability of
   40  effective training;
   41         6. Teacher collaboration and planning at the school and
   42  district levels; and
   43         7. Student performance data collection and dissemination.
   44         (d) Middle school administrator leadership and performance.
   45         (e) Parental and community involvement.
   46         (3) The department shall submit a report on the findings of
   47  the comprehensive study and make recommendations to improve
   48  middle school student performance to the Governor, the State
   49  Board of Education, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker
   50  of the House of Representatives by December 2017.
   51         (4) This section expires upon submission of the final
   52  report.
   53         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.
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   56  And the title is amended as follows:
   57         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   58  and insert:
   59                        A bill to be entitled                      
   60         An act relating to a middle school study; requiring
   61         the Department of Education to solicit for a contract
   62         to conduct a comprehensive study of states with
   63         nationally recognized high-performing middle schools
   64         in reading and mathematics; specifying areas that must
   65         be reviewed in conducting the study; requiring a
   66         report to the Governor, the State Board of Education,
   67         and the Legislature by a specified time; providing for
   68         expiration; providing an effective date.
   70         WHEREAS, since 1998, Florida has seen a continuing trend of
   71  reading improvement in the elementary school grades, which has
   72  led to an increase of 17 percentage points in reading at or
   73  above proficiency for 4th grade students on the National
   74  Assessment of Educational Progress, while Florida’s 8th grade
   75  students achieved only an increase of 7 percentage points, and
   76         WHEREAS, since 2003, Florida’s 4th grade students have
   77  demonstrated an increase of 11 percentage points in mathematics
   78  at or above proficiency on the national assessment, while
   79  Florida’s 8th grade students have shown an increase of only 3
   80  percentage points, and
   81         WHEREAS, since 2013, Florida’s middle school students’
   82  proficiencies on the national assessment in both reading and
   83  mathematics have remained flat or decreased, and
   84         WHEREAS, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont,
   85  Connecticut, and New Jersey are the top performing states in the
   86  percentage of 4th and 8th grade students scoring at or above
   87  proficiency in reading on the national assessment, and
   88         WHEREAS, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New
   89  Jersey, and Washington are the top performing states in the
   90  percentage of 4th and 8th grade students scoring at or above
   91  proficiency in mathematics on the national assessment, and
   92         WHEREAS, Florida’s academic expectations for students in
   93  both reading and mathematics were raised in 2010 and 2014, and
   94         WHEREAS, the performance of Florida’s middle school
   95  students on the state assessments in reading has remained flat
   96  since the state’s standards were raised, while their performance
   97  in mathematics increased slightly between 2015 and 2016, and
   98         WHEREAS, success in the middle school grades is a predictor
   99  of academic success in high school and college and career
  100  readiness, NOW, THEREFORE,