Florida Senate - 2019 CS for SB 1316 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Brandes 581-03237-19 20191316c1 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 amending s. 1007.25, F.S.; providing that earning the 31 Seal of Civic Engagement demonstrates competency in 32 civic literacy for specified purposes; providing 33 membership requirements for a specified faculty 34 committee; amending s. 1008.34, F.S.; revising school 35 grade components to include students who complete a 36 specified course with a grade of “B” or higher; 37 providing an effective date. 38 39 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 40 41 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) of section 42 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 43 1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.— 44 (3) STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA; COURSE AND ASSESSMENT 45 REQUIREMENTS.— 46 (d) Three credits in social studies.—A student must earn 47 one credit in United States History; one credit in World 48 History; one-half credit in economics, which must include 49 financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States 50 Government or, beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 51 2020-2021 school year, one-half credit in United States 52 Government and Civic Engagement. The United States History EOC 53 assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course 54 grade. The one-half credit in United States Government and Civic 55 Engagement must include an individual or group nonpartisan civic 56 literacy project pursuant to s. 1003.4971 as a laboratory 57 component. The state board shall approve and identify in the 58 Course Code Directory the United States Government and Civic 59 Engagement course. Such course may be offered as a semester 60 course or a year-long course. 61 Section 2. Section 1003.4321, Florida Statutes, is created 62 to read: 63 1003.4321 Florida Seal of Civic Engagement Program.— 64 (1) The Florida Seal of Civic Engagement Program is 65 established to recognize each high school graduate who has 66 attained a high level of community involvement and academic 67 achievement in civics. 68 (2) The purpose of the Florida Seal of Civic Engagement 69 Program is to encourage students to understand the basic 70 principles of American democracy and to foster a sense of 71 citizenship and community involvement. 72 (3) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Seal of 73 Civic Engagement shall be awarded to a high school student who 74 earns a standard high school diploma and who meets the 75 requirements established by the State Board of Education. In 76 establishing the criteria for awarding the Seal of Civic 77 Engagement, the state board shall include all of the following: 78 (a) Completion of the United States Government and Civic 79 Engagement course with a grade of “B” or higher. 80 (b) Community service or extracurricular activities that 81 are related to civic engagement. 82 (c) Additional academic achievement in courses that include 83 the study of civics and the United States Government. 84 (4) The Commissioner of Education shall: 85 (a) Prepare and provide to each school district an 86 appropriate insignia to affix to a student’s diploma indicating 87 that the student has been awarded the Seal of Civic Engagement. 88 (b) Provide information necessary for school districts to 89 successfully implement the program. 90 (5) Each school district shall: 91 (a) Maintain appropriate records to identify students who 92 have met the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic 93 Engagement. 94 (b) Provide the commissioner with the number of students 95 who have met the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic 96 Engagement. 97 (c) Affix the appropriate insignia to the student’s diploma 98 and indicate on the student’s transcript that the student has 99 earned the Seal of Civic Engagement. 100 (6) A school district or the Department of Education may 101 not charge a fee for the Seal of Civic Engagement. 102 (7) The state board shall adopt rules to implement this 103 section. Such rules must, at a minimum, include all of the 104 following: 105 (a) The requirements a student must meet to be awarded the 106 Seal of Civic Engagement. 107 (b) A process to confirm a student’s successful completion 108 of the requirements to receive the Seal of Civic Engagement. 109 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 1003.497, Florida 110 Statutes, is amended to read: 111 1003.497 Service learning.— 112 (1) The Department of Education shall encourage school 113 districts to initiate, adopt, expand, and institutionalize 114 service-learning programs, activities, and policies in 115 kindergarten through grade 12, including nonpartisan civic 116 literacy projects under s. 1003.4971. Service learning refers to 117 a student-centered, research-based teaching and learning 118 strategy that engages students in meaningful service activities 119 in their schools or communities. Service-learning activities are 120 directly tied to academic curricula, standards, and course, 121 district, or state assessments. Service-learning activities 122 foster academic achievement, character development, civic 123 engagement, and career exploration and enable students to apply 124 curriculum content, skills, and behaviors taught in the 125 classroom. 126 Section 4. Section 1003.4971, Florida Statutes, is created 127 to read: 128 1003.4971 Nonpartisan Civic Literacy Projects.— 129 (1) Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2020 130 2021 school year, students shall complete a nonpartisan civic 131 literacy project as the laboratory component of the United 132 States Government and Civic Engagement course offered under s. 133 1003.4282. The State Board of Education shall develop the 134 minimum criteria for a nonpartisan civic literacy project and a 135 process for a district school board to confirm a student’s 136 completion of the project. The criteria for nonpartisan civic 137 literacy projects must, at a minimum, require a student to: 138 (a) Identify a civic issue that impacts his or her 139 community. 140 (b) Rigorously research the issue from multiple 141 perspectives and develop a plan for his or her personal 142 involvement in addressing the issue. 143 (c) Create a portfolio to evaluate and reflect upon his or 144 her experience and the outcomes of his or her involvement. 145 (2)(a) A nonpartisan civic literacy project must be 146 nonpartisan in nature and focus on addressing at least one 147 community issue. 148 (b) A nonpartisan civic literacy project must promote a 149 student’s ability to consider differing points of view and 150 engage in civil discourse with individuals who hold an opposing 151 opinion. 152 (c) A student may not receive remuneration for his or her 153 work relating to the nonpartisan civic literacy project. 154 (d) The hours that a high school student devotes to a 155 nonpartisan civic literacy project may be counted toward meeting 156 community service requirements for high school graduation and 157 community service requirements for participation in the Florida 158 Bright Futures Scholarship Program. School districts are 159 encouraged to include and accept nonpartisan civic literacy 160 project activities and hours in requirements for academic 161 awards, especially those awards that currently include community 162 service as a criterion or selection factor. 163 (3) The state board shall adopt rules to administer this 164 section. 165 Section 5. Subsection (4) of section 1007.25, Florida 166 Statutes, is amended to read: 167 1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites; 168 other degree requirements.— 169 (4) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida 170 College System institution or state university in the 2018-2019 171 school year and thereafter, each student must demonstrate 172 competency in civic literacy. Students must have the option to 173 demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic 174 literacy course,
orby achieving a passing score on an 175 assessment, or, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, by 176 earning the Seal of Civic Engagement pursuant to s. 1003.4321. 177 The State Board of Education must adopt in rule and the Board of 178 Governors must adopt in regulation at least one existing 179 assessment that measures competencies consistent with the 180 required course competencies outlined in paragraph (b). The 181 chair of the State Board of Education and the chair of the Board 182 of Governors, or their respective designees, shall jointly 183 appoint a faculty committee, representing faculty from public 184 postsecondary educational institutions located in counties of 185 varying size and demographic makeup, to: 186 (a) Develop a new course in civic literacy or revise an 187 existing general education core course in American History or 188 American Government to include civic literacy. 189 (b) Establish course competencies and identify outcomes 190 that include, at a minimum, an understanding of the basic 191 principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our 192 republican form of government, an understanding of the United 193 States Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how 194 they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of 195 self-governance, and an understanding of landmark Supreme Court 196 cases and their impact on law and society. 197 Section 6. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 198 1008.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 199 1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; 200 district grade.— 201 (3) DESIGNATION OF SCHOOL GRADES.— 202 (b)1. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, a school’s 203 grade shall be based on the following components, each worth 100 204 points: 205 a. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 206 standardized assessments in English Language Arts under s. 207 1008.22(3). 208 b. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 209 standardized assessments in mathematics under s. 1008.22(3). 210 c. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 211 standardized assessments in science under s. 1008.22(3). 212 d. The percentage of eligible students passing statewide, 213 standardized assessments in social studies under s. 1008.22(3). 214 e. The percentage of eligible students who make Learning 215 Gains in English Language Arts as measured by statewide, 216 standardized assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 217 f. The percentage of eligible students who make Learning 218 Gains in mathematics as measured by statewide, standardized 219 assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 220 g. The percentage of eligible students in the lowest 25 221 percent in English Language Arts, as identified by prior year 222 performance on statewide, standardized assessments, who make 223 Learning Gains as measured by statewide, standardized English 224 Language Arts assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3). 225 h. The percentage of eligible students in the lowest 25 226 percent in mathematics, as identified by prior year performance 227 on statewide, standardized assessments, who make Learning Gains 228 as measured by statewide, standardized Mathematics assessments 229 administered under s. 1008.22(3). 230 i. For schools comprised of middle grades 6 through 8 or 231 grades 7 and 8, the percentage of eligible students passing high 232 school level statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments 233 or attaining national industry certifications identified in the 234 CAPE Industry Certification Funding List pursuant to rules 235 adopted by the State Board of Education. 236 237 In calculating Learning Gains for the components listed in sub 238 subparagraphs e.-h., the State Board of Education shall require 239 that learning growth toward achievement levels 3, 4, and 5 is 240 demonstrated by students who scored below each of those levels 241 in the prior year. In calculating the components in sub 242 subparagraphs a.-d., the state board shall include the 243 performance of English language learners only if they have been 244 enrolled in a school in the United States for more than 2 years. 245 2. For a school comprised of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or 246 grades 10, 11, and 12, the school’s grade shall also be based on 247 the following components, each worth 100 points: 248 a. The 4-year high school graduation rate of the school as 249 defined by state board rule. 250 b. The percentage of students who were eligible to earn 251 college and career credit through College Board Advanced 252 Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate 253 examinations, dual enrollment courses, or Advanced International 254 Certificate of Education examinations; orwho, at any time 255 during high school, earned national industry certification 256 identified in the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List, 257 pursuant to rules adopted by the state board; or, beginning with 258 the 2020-2021 school year, who complete the United States 259 Government and Civic Engagement course with a grade of “B” or 260 higher. 261 Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.