Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1316 By Senator Brandes 24-01527-19 20191316__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to civic education; providing a short 3 title; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; revising the 4 requirements for a standard high school diploma to 5 include a specified course; providing requirements for 6 such course; creating s. 1003.4321, F.S.; establishing 7 the Florida Seal of Civic Engagement Program; 8 providing the purpose of the program; requiring the 9 State Board of Education to establish criteria for 10 awarding the seal; providing requirements for such 11 criteria; providing duties of the Commissioner of 12 Education and school districts; prohibiting a school 13 district or the Department of Education from charging 14 a fee for the seal; requiring the state board to adopt 15 rules; amending s. 1003.497, F.S.; providing that a 16 nonpartisan civic literacy project may be included in 17 service-learning programs, activities, or policies; 18 creating s. 1003.4971, F.S.; authorizing certain 19 students to complete a nonpartisan civic literacy 20 project; requiring the state board to develop the 21 minimum criteria for such project and a process to 22 confirm completion; providing requirements for such 23 criteria and for nonpartisan civic literacy projects; 24 prohibiting a student from receiving remuneration for 25 specified purposes; authorizing the hours devoted to 26 such project to be used for specified purposes; 27 authorizing a school to integrate a nonpartisan civic 28 literacy project into a service-learning program or 29 activity; requiring the state board to adopt rules; 30 creating s. 1003.632, F.S.; providing a purpose; 31 requiring the state board to annually designate public 32 schools that meet specified criteria as Democracy 33 Schools; requiring the state board to establish the 34 criteria for designation as a Democracy School; 35 providing requirements for such criteria; requiring 36 the state board to adopt rules; amending s. 1007.25, 37 F.S.; providing that earning the Seal of Civic 38 Engagement demonstrates competency in civic literacy 39 for specified purposes; providing membership 40 requirements for a specified faculty committee; 41 amending s. 1008.34, F.S.; revising school grade 42 components to include students who complete a 43 specified course with a grade of “B” or higher; 44 providing a weighted calculation for schools 45 designated as a Democracy School; providing an 46 effective date. 47 48 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 49 50 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) of section 51 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 52 1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.— 53 (3) STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA; COURSE AND ASSESSMENT 54 REQUIREMENTS.— 55 (d) Three credits in social studies.—A student must earn 56 one credit in United States History; one credit in World 57 History; one-half credit in economics, which must include 58 financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States 59 Government or, beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 60 2020-2021 school year, one-half credit in United States 61 Government and Civic Engagement. The United States History EOC 62 assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course 63 grade. The one-half credit in United States Government and Civic 64 Engagement must include an individual or group nonpartisan civic 65 literacy project pursuant to s. 1003.4971 as a laboratory 66 component. The state board shall approve and identify in the 67 Course Code Directory the United States Government and Civic 68 Engagement course. Such course may be offered as a semester 69 course or a year-long course. 70 Section 2. Section 1003.4321, Florida Statutes, is created 71 to read: 72 1003.4321 Florida Seal of Civic Engagement Program.— 73 (1) The Florida Seal of Civic Engagement Program is 74 established to recognize each high school graduate who has 75 attained a high level of community involvement and academic 76 achievement in civics. 77 (2) The purpose of the Florida Seal of Civic Engagement 78 Program is to encourage students to understand the basic 79 principles of American democracy and to foster a sense of 80 citizenship and community involvement. 81 (3) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Seal of 82 Civic Engagement shall be awarded to a high school student who 83 earns a standard high school diploma and who meets the 84 requirements established by the State Board of Education. In 85 establishing the criteria for awarding the Seal of Civic 86 Engagement, the state board shall include all of the following: 87 (a) Completion of the United States Government and Civic 88 Engagement course with a grade of “B” or higher. 89 (b) Community service or extracurricular activities that 90 are related to civic engagement. 91 (c) Additional academic achievement in courses that include 92 the study of civics and the United States Government. 93 (4) The Commissioner of Education shall: 94 (a) Prepare and provide to each school district an 95 appropriate insignia to affix to a student’s diploma indicating 96 that the student has been awarded the Seal of Civic Engagement. 97 (b) Provide information necessary for school districts to 98 successfully implement the program. 99 (5) Each school district shall: 100 (a) Maintain appropriate records to identify students who 101 have met the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic 102 Engagement. 103 (b) Provide the commissioner with the number of students 104 who have met the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic 105 Engagement. 106 (c) Affix the appropriate insignia to the student’s diploma 107 and indicate on the student’s transcript that the student has 108 earned the Seal of Civic Engagement. 109 (6) A school district or the Department of Education may 110 not charge a fee for the Seal of Civic Engagement. 111 (7) The state board shall adopt rules to implement this 112 section. Such rules must, at a minimum, include all of the 113 following: 114 (a) The requirements a student must meet to be awarded the 115 Seal of Civic Engagement. 116 (b) A process to confirm a student’s successful completion 117 of the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic Engagement. 118 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 1003.497, Florida 119 Statutes, is amended to read: 120 1003.497 Service learning.— 121 (1) The Department of Education shall encourage school 122 districts to initiate, adopt, expand, and institutionalize 123 service-learning programs, activities, and policies in 124 kindergarten through grade 12, including nonpartisan civic 125 literacy projects under s. 1003.4971. Service learning refers to 126 a student-centered, research-based teaching and learning 127 strategy that engages students in meaningful service activities 128 in their schools or communities. Service-learning activities are 129 directly tied to academic curricula, standards, and course, 130 district, or state assessments. Service-learning activities 131 foster academic achievement, character development, civic 132 engagement, and career exploration and enable students to apply 133 curriculum content, skills, and behaviors taught in the 134 classroom. 135 Section 4. Section 1003.4971, Florida Statutes, is created 136 to read: 137 1003.4971 Nonpartisan Civic Literacy Projects.— 138 (1) Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2020 139 2021 school year, students shall complete a nonpartisan civic 140 literacy project as the laboratory component of the United 141 States Government and Civic Engagement course offered under s. 142 1003.4282. The State Board of Education shall develop the 143 minimum criteria for a nonpartisan civic literacy project and a 144 process for a district school board to confirm a student’s 145 completion of the project. The criteria for nonpartisan civic 146 literacy projects must, at a minimum, require a student to: 147 (a) Identify a civic issue that impacts his or her 148 community. 149 (b) Rigorously research the issue from multiple 150 perspectives and develop a plan for his or her personal 151 involvement in addressing the issue. 152 (c) Create a portfolio to evaluate and reflect upon his or 153 her experience and the outcomes of his or her involvement. 154 (2)(a) A nonpartisan civic literacy project must be 155 nonpartisan in nature and focus on addressing at least one 156 community issue. 157 (b) A nonpartisan civic literacy project must promote a 158 student’s ability to consider differing points of view and 159 engage in civil discourse with individuals who hold an opposing 160 opinion. 161 (c) A student may not receive remuneration for his or her 162 work relating to the nonpartisan civic literacy project. 163 (d) The hours that a high school student devotes to a 164 nonpartisan civic literacy project may be counted toward meeting 165 community service requirements for high school graduation and 166 community service requirements for participation in the Florida 167 Bright Futures Scholarship Program. School districts are 168 encouraged to include and accept nonpartisan civic literacy 169 project activities and hours in requirements for academic 170 awards, especially those awards that currently include community 171 service as a criterion or selection factor. 172 (3) The state board shall adopt rules to administer this 173 section. 174 Section 5. Section 1003.632, Florida Statutes, is created 175 to read: 176 1003.632 Democracy Schools.—The purpose of this section is 177 to recognize each public school in the state that demonstrates a 178 commitment to integrating high-quality civic learning, including 179 civic-engagement skills, into its academic curricula. 180 (1) The State Board of Education shall annually designate 181 each public school in the state that provides students with 182 high-quality civic learning, including civic-engagement skills, 183 as a Democracy School. 184 (2) The state board shall establish the criteria for 185 designation as a Democracy School. The criteria must include all 186 of the following: 187 (a) Offering the United States Government and Civic 188 Engagement course as a year-long course. 189 (b) The extent to which strategies to develop high-quality 190 civic learning, including civic-engagement skills, are 191 integrated into the classroom using best instructional 192 practices. 193 (c) The scope of integration of high-quality civic 194 learning, including civic-engagement skills, across the school’s 195 curricula. 196 (d) The extent to which school administrators and 197 instructional personnel have made high-quality civic learning, 198 including civic-engagement skills, an instructional priority. 199 (e) The extent to which the school supports 200 interdisciplinary, teacher-led professional learning communities 201 to support continuous improvement in instruction and student 202 achievement. 203 (3) The state board shall adopt rules to administer this 204 section. 205 Section 6. Subsection (4) of section 1007.25, Florida 206 Statutes, is amended to read: 207 1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites; 208 other degree requirements.— 209 (4) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida 210 College System institution or state university in the 2018-2019 211 school year and thereafter, each student must demonstrate 212 competency in civic literacy. Students must have the option to 213 demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic 214 literacy course,
orby achieving a passing score on an 215 assessment, or, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, by 216 earning the Seal of Civic Engagement pursuant to s. 1003.4321. 217 The State Board of Education must adopt in rule and the Board of 218 Governors must adopt in regulation at least one existing 219 assessment that measures competencies consistent with the 220 required course competencies outlined in paragraph (b). The 221 chair of the State Board of Education and the chair of the Board 222 of Governors, or their respective designees, shall jointly 223 appoint a faculty committee, representing faculty from public 224 postsecondary educational institutions located in counties of 225 varying size and demographic makeup, to: 226 (a) Develop a new course in civic literacy or revise an 227 existing general education core course in American History or 228 American Government to include civic literacy. 229 (b) Establish course competencies and identify outcomes 230 that include, at a minimum, an understanding of the basic 231 principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our 232 republican form of government, an understanding of the United 233 States Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how 234 they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of 235 self-governance, and an understanding of landmark Supreme Court 236 cases and their impact on law and society. 237 Section 7. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 238 1008.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 239 1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; 240 district grade.— 241 (3) DESIGNATION OF SCHOOL GRADES.— 242 (b)1. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, a school’s 243 grade shall be based on the following components, each worth 100 244 points: 245 a. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 246 standardized assessments in English Language Arts under s. 247 1008.22(3). 248 b. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 249 standardized assessments in mathematics under s. 1008.22(3). 250 c. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 251 standardized assessments in science under s. 1008.22(3). 252 d. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 253 standardized assessments in social studies under s. 1008.22(3). 254 e. The percentage of eligible students who make Learning 255 Gains in English Language Arts as measured by statewide, 256 standardized assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 257 f. The percentage of eligible students who make Learning 258 Gains in mathematics as measured by statewide, standardized 259 assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 260 g. The percentage of eligible students in the lowest 25 261 percent in English Language Arts, as identified by prior year 262 performance on statewide, standardized assessments, who make 263 Learning Gains as measured by statewide, standardized English 264 Language Arts assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 265 h. The percentage of eligible students in the lowest 25 266 percent in mathematics, as identified by prior year performance 267 on statewide, standardized assessments, who make Learning Gains 268 as measured by statewide, standardized Mathematics assessments 269 administered under s. 1008.22(3). 270 i. For schools comprised of middle grades 6 through 8 or 271 grades 7 and 8, the percentage of eligible students passing high 272 school level statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments 273 or attaining national industry certifications identified in the 274 CAPE Industry Certification Funding List pursuant to rules 275 adopted by the State Board of Education. 276 277 In calculating Learning Gains for the components listed in sub 278 subparagraphs e.-h., the State Board of Education shall require 279 that learning growth toward achievement levels 3, 4, and 5 is 280 demonstrated by students who scored below each of those levels 281 in the prior year. In calculating the components in sub 282 subparagraphs a.-d., the state board shall include the 283 performance of English language learners only if they have been 284 enrolled in a school in the United States for more than 2 years. 285 2. For a school comprised of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or 286 grades 10, 11, and 12, the school’s grade shall also be based on 287 the following components, each worth 100 points: 288 a. The 4-year high school graduation rate of the school as 289 defined by state board rule. 290 b. The percentage of students who were eligible to earn 291 college and career credit through College Board Advanced 292 Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate 293 examinations, dual enrollment courses, or Advanced International 294 Certificate of Education examinations; orwho, at any time 295 during high school, earned national industry certification 296 identified in the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List, 297 pursuant to rules adopted by the state board; or, beginning with 298 the 2020-2021 school year, who complete the United States 299 Government and Civic Engagement course with a grade of “B” or 300 higher. For a school that is designated as a Democracy School 301 pursuant to s. 1003.632, the percentage of students who 302 completed the United States Government and Civic Engagement 303 course with a grade of “B” or higher shall be multiplied by a 304 weight of 1.2 for purposes of this sub-subparagraph. 305 Section 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.