Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1576
       By Senator Lee
       20-00963B-19                                          20191576__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to education; amending s. 1002.33,
    3         F.S.; revising services required to be provided by
    4         charter school sponsors; amending s. 1004.04, F.S.;
    5         revising requirements for rules that establish uniform
    6         core curricula for state-approved teacher preparation
    7         programs; revising criteria required for continued
    8         approval of teacher preparation programs; revising
    9         requirements relating to preservice field experience;
   10         amending s. 1004.85, F.S.; revising requirements for
   11         educator preparation programs; revising requirements
   12         relating to annual performance evaluations that
   13         educator preparation institutes are required to submit
   14         to the Department of Education; amending s. 1012.05,
   15         F.S.; revising duties of the department for developing
   16         guidelines relating to teacher recruitment and
   17         retention; deleting a requirement for the department
   18         to consult with specified entities in the development
   19         of the guidelines; revising duties of school boards to
   20         adopt policies relating to mentors and support for
   21         first-time teachers; authorizing the Commissioner of
   22         Education to use certain funds to publish specified
   23         survey results; amending s. 1012.22, F.S.; requiring
   24         district school boards to incorporate certain support
   25         programs in the establishment of programs for staff
   26         development; amending s. 1012.56, F.S.; expanding
   27         acceptable means of demonstrating mastery of general
   28         knowledge to include documentation that a candidate
   29         meets specified requirements; deleting a requirement
   30         specifying that a holder of a temporary educator
   31         certificate meet a certain requirement within a
   32         specified time; conforming a provision to changes made
   33         by the act; revising information required by the
   34         department to include in a professional development
   35         certification and education competency program;
   36         authorizing district school boards to waive a certain
   37         requirement under specified conditions; requiring the
   38         department to provide aspiring teachers with specified
   39         resources; amending s. 1012.59, F.S.; requiring
   40         certification examination fees to be apportioned to
   41         each part of a multipart examination; requiring
   42         applicants to retake parts of the multipart exam which
   43         they failed and to repay any apportioned fees;
   44         amending s. 1012.98, F.S.; revising information
   45         required for the department to include in the
   46         dissemination of certain programs; providing an
   47         effective date.
   49  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   51         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (20) of section
   52  1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   53         1002.33 Charter schools.—
   54         (20) SERVICES.—
   55         (a)1. A sponsor shall provide certain administrative and
   56  educational services to charter schools. These services shall
   57  include contract management services; full-time equivalent and
   58  data reporting services; exceptional student education
   59  administration services; services related to eligibility and
   60  reporting duties required to ensure that school lunch services
   61  under the National School Lunch Program, consistent with the
   62  needs of the charter school, are provided by the school district
   63  at the request of the charter school, that any funds due to the
   64  charter school under the National School Lunch Program be paid
   65  to the charter school as soon as the charter school begins
   66  serving food under the National School Lunch Program, and that
   67  the charter school is paid at the same time and in the same
   68  manner under the National School Lunch Program as other public
   69  schools serviced by the sponsor or the school district; test
   70  administration services, including payment of the costs of
   71  state-required or district-required student assessments;
   72  processing of teacher certificate data services; access to the
   73  school district teacher preparation program; and information
   74  services, including equal access to student information systems
   75  that are used by public schools in the district in which the
   76  charter school is located. Student performance data for each
   77  student in a charter school, including, but not limited to, FCAT
   78  scores, standardized test scores, previous public school student
   79  report cards, and student performance measures, shall be
   80  provided by the sponsor to a charter school in the same manner
   81  provided to other public schools in the district.
   82         2. A sponsor may withhold an administrative fee for the
   83  provision of such services which shall be a percentage of the
   84  available funds defined in paragraph (17)(b) calculated based on
   85  weighted full-time equivalent students. If the charter school
   86  serves 75 percent or more exceptional education students as
   87  defined in s. 1003.01(3), the percentage shall be calculated
   88  based on unweighted full-time equivalent students. The
   89  administrative fee shall be calculated as follows:
   90         a. Up to 5 percent for:
   91         (I) Enrollment of up to and including 250 students in a
   92  charter school as defined in this section.
   93         (II) Enrollment of up to and including 500 students within
   94  a charter school system which meets all of the following:
   95         (A) Includes conversion charter schools and nonconversion
   96  charter schools.
   97         (B) Has all of its schools located in the same county.
   98         (C) Has a total enrollment exceeding the total enrollment
   99  of at least one school district in the state.
  100         (D) Has the same governing board for all of its schools.
  101         (E) Does not contract with a for-profit service provider
  102  for management of school operations.
  103         (III) Enrollment of up to and including 250 students in a
  104  virtual charter school.
  105         b. Up to 2 percent for enrollment of up to and including
  106  250 students in a high-performing charter school as defined in
  107  s. 1002.331.
  108         3. A sponsor may not charge charter schools any additional
  109  fees or surcharges for administrative and educational services
  110  in addition to the maximum percentage of administrative fees
  111  withheld pursuant to this paragraph.
  112         4. A sponsor shall provide to the department by September
  113  15 of each year the total amount of funding withheld from
  114  charter schools pursuant to this subsection for the prior fiscal
  115  year. The department must include the information in the report
  116  required under sub-sub-subparagraph (5)(b)1.k.(III).
  117         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2), paragraphs (a),
  118  (b), and (e) of subsection (4), and paragraphs (c) and (d) of
  119  subsection (5) of section 1004.04, Florida Statutes, are amended
  120  to read:
  121         1004.04 Public accountability and state approval for
  122  teacher preparation programs.—
  124         (b) The rules to establish uniform core curricula for each
  125  state-approved teacher preparation program must include, but are
  126  not limited to, the following:
  127         1. Participant instruction and assessment in the Florida
  128  Educator Accomplished Practices across content areas.
  129         2. The use of state-adopted content standards to guide
  130  curricula and instruction.
  131         3. Scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
  132  instructional strategies that improve reading performance for
  133  all students, including explicit, systematic, and sequential
  134  approaches to teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
  135  fluency, and text comprehension and multisensory intervention
  136  strategies.
  137         4. Content literacy and mathematics practices.
  138         5. Strategies appropriate for the instruction of English
  139  language learners.
  140         6. Strategies appropriate for the instruction of students
  141  with disabilities.
  142         7. Strategies to differentiate instruction School safety.
  143         8.The use of character-based classroom management.
  144         (4) CONTINUED PROGRAM APPROVAL.—Continued approval of a
  145  teacher preparation program shall be based upon evidence that
  146  the program continues to implement the requirements for initial
  147  approval and upon significant, objective, and quantifiable
  148  measures of the program and the performance of the program
  149  completers.
  150         (a) The criteria for continued approval must include each
  151  of the following:
  152         1. Documentation from the program that each program
  153  candidate met the admission requirements provided in subsection
  154  (3).
  155         2. Documentation from the program that the program and each
  156  program completer have met the requirements provided in
  157  subsection (2).
  158         3. Evidence of performance in each of the following areas:
  159         a. Placement rate of program completers into instructional
  160  positions in Florida public schools and private schools, if
  161  available.
  162         b. Rate of retention for employed program completers in
  163  instructional positions in Florida public schools.
  164         c. Performance of students in prekindergarten through grade
  165  12 who are assigned to in-field program completers on statewide
  166  assessments using the results of the student learning growth
  167  formula adopted under s. 1012.34.
  168         d. Performance of students in prekindergarten through grade
  169  12 who are assigned to in-field program completers aggregated by
  170  student subgroup, as defined in the federal Elementary and
  171  Secondary Education Act (ESEA), 20 U.S.C. s.
  172  6311(b)(2)(C)(v)(II), as a measure of how well the program
  173  prepares teachers to work with a diverse population of students
  174  in a variety of settings in Florida public schools.
  175         e. Results of program completers’ annual evaluations in
  176  accordance with the timeline as set forth in s. 1012.34.
  177         f. Production of program completers in statewide critical
  178  teacher shortage areas as identified in s. 1012.07.
  179         4. Surveys of program completers’ satisfaction with
  180  preparation for the realities of the classroom and employers’
  181  satisfaction with, and the programs’ responsiveness to, local
  182  school districts.
  183         (b) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for
  184  continued approval of teacher preparation programs which include
  185  the program review process, the continued approval timelines,
  186  and the performance level targets for each of the continued
  187  approval criteria in paragraph (a). Additional criteria may be
  188  approved by the State Board of Education. Such criteria may
  189  include a program completer’s satisfaction with instruction and
  190  an employer’s satisfaction with, and the program’s
  191  responsiveness to, local school districts. The Commissioner of
  192  Education shall determine the continued approval of each program
  193  based on the data collected pursuant to this section and the
  194  rules of the State Board of Education.
  195         (e) Each Florida public and private institution that offers
  196  a state-approved teacher preparation program must annually
  197  report information regarding its approved programs to the state
  198  and the general public. The report to the state must include a
  199  list of candidates who are admitted to, who are enrolled in, or
  200  who complete a teacher preparation program; additional evidence
  201  necessary to document requirements for continued approval; and
  202  data necessary to complete applicable federal reporting
  203  requirements. The state reporting requirements must minimize a
  204  program’s reporting burden whenever possible without
  205  compromising data quality. The report to the general public must
  206  include, at a minimum, the annual progress data reported by the
  207  state under this paragraph, the surveys required under
  208  subparagraph (a)4., and may include other information chosen by
  209  the institution or program.
  210         (5) PRESERVICE FIELD EXPERIENCE.—All postsecondary
  211  instructors, school district personnel and instructional
  212  personnel, and school sites preparing instructional personnel
  213  through preservice field experience courses and internships
  214  shall meet special requirements. District school boards may pay
  215  student teachers during their internships.
  216         (c) Preservice field experience must fully prepare a
  217  candidate to manage a classroom by requiring the include
  218  candidate to practice and demonstrate demonstration of the
  219  uniform core curricula specific to the candidate’s candidates’
  220  area or areas of program concentration with a diverse population
  221  of students in a variety of challenging environments settings.
  222  The length of structured field experiences may be extended to
  223  ensure that candidates achieve the competencies needed to meet
  224  certification requirements.
  225         (d) Postsecondary teacher preparation programs in
  226  cooperation with district school boards and approved private
  227  school associations shall select the school sites for preservice
  228  field experience activities based upon the qualifications of the
  229  supervising personnel as described in this subsection and the
  230  needs of the candidates. These sites must represent the full
  231  spectrum of school communities, including, but not limited to,
  232  schools serving low-achieving students located in urban
  233  settings. In order to be selected, school sites must demonstrate
  234  commitment to the education of public school students and to the
  235  preparation of future teachers.
  236         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) and subsection
  237  (5) of section 1004.85, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  238         1004.85 Postsecondary educator preparation institutes.—
  239         (3) Educator preparation institutes approved pursuant to
  240  this section may offer competency-based certification programs
  241  specifically designed for noneducation major baccalaureate
  242  degree holders to enable program participants to meet the
  243  educator certification requirements of s. 1012.56. An educator
  244  preparation institute choosing to offer a competency-based
  245  certification program pursuant to the provisions of this section
  246  must implement a program previously approved by the Department
  247  of Education for this purpose or a program developed by the
  248  institute and approved by the department for this purpose.
  249  Approved programs shall be available for use by other approved
  250  educator preparation institutes.
  251         (a) Within 90 days after receipt of a request for approval,
  252  the Department of Education shall approve a preparation program
  253  pursuant to the requirements of this subsection or issue a
  254  statement of the deficiencies in the request for approval. The
  255  department shall approve a certification program if the
  256  institute provides evidence of the institute’s capacity to
  257  implement a competency-based program that includes each of the
  258  following:
  259         1.a. Participant instruction and assessment in the Florida
  260  Educator Accomplished Practices across content areas.
  261         b. The use of state-adopted student content standards to
  262  guide curriculum and instruction.
  263         c. Scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
  264  instructional strategies that improve reading performance for
  265  all students, including explicit, systematic, and sequential
  266  approaches to teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
  267  fluency, and text comprehension and multisensory intervention
  268  strategies.
  269         d. Content literacy and mathematical practices.
  270         e. Strategies appropriate for instruction of English
  271  language learners.
  272         f. Strategies appropriate for instruction of students with
  273  disabilities.
  274         g. Strategies to differentiate instruction School safety.
  275         h.The use of character-based classroom management.
  276         2. An educational plan for each participant to meet
  277  certification requirements and demonstrate his or her ability to
  278  teach the subject area for which the participant is seeking
  279  certification, which is based on an assessment of his or her
  280  competency in the areas listed in subparagraph 1.
  281         3. Field experiences appropriate to the certification
  282  subject area specified in the educational plan with a diverse
  283  population of students in a variety of challenging settings
  284  under the supervision of qualified educators.
  285         4. A certification ombudsman to facilitate the process and
  286  procedures required for participants who complete the program to
  287  meet any requirements related to the background screening
  288  pursuant to s. 1012.32 and educator professional or temporary
  289  certification pursuant to s. 1012.56.
  290         (5) Each institute approved pursuant to this section shall
  291  submit to the Department of Education annual performance
  292  evaluations that measure the effectiveness of the programs,
  293  including the pass rates of participants on all examinations
  294  required for teacher certification, employment rates,
  295  longitudinal retention rates, and employer satisfaction surveys
  296  of employers and candidates. The employer satisfaction surveys
  297  must be designed to measure the sufficient preparation of the
  298  educator for the realities of to enter the classroom and the
  299  institute’s response to local school districts. These
  300  evaluations shall be used by the Department of Education for
  301  purposes of continued approval of an educator preparation
  302  institute’s certification program.
  303         Section 4. Paragraph (k) of subsection (2), paragraph (a)
  304  of subsection (3), and subsection (5) of section 1012.05,
  305  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  306         1012.05 Teacher recruitment and retention.—
  307         (2) The Department of Education shall:
  308         (k) Create guidelines and identify best practices for the
  309  mentors of first-time teachers and for new teacher-support
  310  programs that focus on the professional assistance needed by
  311  first-time teachers throughout the first 2 years year of
  312  teaching. The department shall consult with the Florida Center
  313  for Reading Research and the Just Read, Florida! Office in
  314  developing the guidelines.
  315         (3)(a) Each school board shall adopt policies relating to
  316  mentors and support for first-time teachers based upon the
  317  department’s guidelines and best practices and materials
  318  published pursuant to s. 1012.98(11) issued by the Department of
  319  Education.
  320         (5) Subject to proviso in the General Appropriations Act,
  321  the Commissioner of Education may use funds appropriated by the
  322  Legislature and funds from federal grants and other sources to:
  323         (a) Provide incentives for teacher recruitment and
  324  preparation programs. The purpose of the use of such funds is to
  325  recruit and prepare individuals who do not graduate from state
  326  approved teacher preparation programs to teach in a Florida
  327  public school. The commissioner may contract with entities other
  328  than, and including, approved teacher preparation programs to
  329  provide intensive teacher training leading to passage of the
  330  required certification exams for the desired subject area or
  331  coverage. The commissioner shall survey school districts to
  332  evaluate the effectiveness of such programs.
  333         (b) Publish state-level, district-level, and school-level
  334  results of an anonymous biennial survey of school-based
  335  instructional and administrative personnel which identifies the
  336  teaching conditions that relate to student learning and teacher
  337  retention.
  338         Section 5. Paragraph (i) of subsection (1) of section
  339  1012.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  340         1012.22 Public school personnel; powers and duties of the
  341  district school board.—The district school board shall:
  342         (1) Designate positions to be filled, prescribe
  343  qualifications for those positions, and provide for the
  344  appointment, compensation, promotion, suspension, and dismissal
  345  of employees as follows, subject to the requirements of this
  346  chapter:
  347         (i) Comprehensive program of staff development.—The
  348  district school board shall establish a comprehensive program of
  349  staff development that incorporates support programs for first
  350  time teachers and school improvement plans pursuant to s.
  351  1001.42 and is aligned with principal leadership training
  352  pursuant to s. 1012.986 as a part of the plan.
  353         Section 6. Paragraph (f) is added to subsection (3) of
  354  section 1012.56, Florida Statutes, and subsection (7), paragraph
  355  (a) of subsection (8), and paragraph (d) of subsection (9) of
  356  that section are amended, to read:
  357         1012.56 Educator certification requirements.—
  358         (3) MASTERY OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.—Acceptable means of
  359  demonstrating mastery of general knowledge are:
  360         (f) Documentation by the mentor and principal that the
  361  candidate has successfully completed a professional development
  362  certification and education competency program pursuant to
  363  subsection (8).
  365         (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional
  366  certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant
  367  who fulfills one of the following:
  368         1. Meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2).
  369         2. For a professional certificate covering grades 6 through
  370  12:
  371         a. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h).
  372         b. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of
  373  science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  374         c. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the
  375  advanced degree.
  376         d. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s
  377  performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on
  378  student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized
  379  assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International
  380  Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate
  381  examination.
  382         e. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional
  383  education competency examination required by state board rule.
  384         3. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h) and
  385  completes a professional preparation and education competence
  386  program approved by the department pursuant to paragraph (8)(c).
  387  An applicant who completes the program and is rated highly
  388  effective as determined by his or her performance evaluation
  389  under s. 1012.34 is not required to take or achieve a passing
  390  score on the professional education competency examination in
  391  order to be awarded a professional certificate.
  392         (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to
  393  any applicant who completes the requirements outlined in
  394  paragraphs (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content
  395  requirements specified in state board rule or demonstrates
  396  mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and
  397  holds an accredited degree or a degree approved by the
  398  Department of Education at the level required for the subject
  399  area specialization in state board rule.
  400         (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year
  401  temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional
  402  certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s
  403  degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for
  404  completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language
  405  impairment.
  407  Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years
  408  and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph
  409  (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of
  410  employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are
  411  employed under contract at the end of the 3 1 calendar year time
  412  period may continue to be employed through the end of the school
  413  year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall
  414  not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a
  415  position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond
  416  this time period if the individual has not met the requirement
  417  of paragraph (2)(g). At least 1 year before an individual’s
  418  temporary certificate is set to expire, the department shall
  419  electronically notify the individual of the date on which his or
  420  her certificate will expire and provide a list of each method by
  421  which the qualifications for a professional certificate can be
  422  completed. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
  423  allow the department to extend the validity period of a
  424  temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the
  425  professional certificate, not including the requirement in
  426  paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness
  427  or injury of the applicant, the military service of an
  428  applicant’s spouse, or other extraordinary extenuating
  429  circumstances. The rules must authorize the department to extend
  430  the validity period of a temporary certificate for 1 year if the
  431  certificateholder is rated effective or highly effective based
  432  solely on a student learning growth formula approved by the
  433  Commissioner of Education pursuant to s. 1012.34(8). The
  434  department shall reissue the temporary certificate for 2
  435  additional years upon approval by the Commissioner of Education.
  436  A written request for reissuance of the certificate shall be
  437  submitted by the district school superintendent, the governing
  438  authority of a university lab school, the governing authority of
  439  a state-supported school, or the governing authority of a
  440  private school.
  443         (a) The Department of Education shall develop and each
  444  school district, charter school, and charter management
  445  organization may provide a cohesive competency-based
  446  professional development certification and education competency
  447  program by which instructional staff may satisfy the mastery of
  448  professional preparation and education competence requirements
  449  specified in subsection (6) and rules of the State Board of
  450  Education. Participants must hold a state-issued temporary
  451  certificate. A school district, charter school, or charter
  452  management organization that implements the program shall
  453  provide a competency-based certification program developed by
  454  the Department of Education or developed by the district,
  455  charter school, or charter management organization and approved
  456  by the Department of Education. The program shall include the
  457  following:
  458         1. A minimum period of initial preparation before assuming
  459  duties as the teacher of record.
  460         2. An option for collaboration with other supporting
  461  agencies or educational entities for implementation.
  462         3. A teacher mentorship and induction component.
  463         a. Each individual selected by the district as a mentor:
  464         (I) Must hold a valid professional certificate issued
  465  pursuant to this section;
  466         (II) Must have earned at least 3 years of teaching
  467  experience in prekindergarten through grade 12;
  468         (III) Must have completed specialized training in clinical
  469  supervision and participate in ongoing mentor training provided
  470  through the coordinated system of professional development under
  471  s. 1012.98(3)(e);
  472         (IV) Must have earned an effective or highly effective
  473  rating on the prior year’s performance evaluation under s.
  474  1012.34; and
  475         (V) May be a peer evaluator under the district’s evaluation
  476  system approved under s. 1012.34.
  477         b. The teacher mentorship and induction component must, at
  478  a minimum, provide weekly opportunities for mentoring and
  479  induction activities, including common planning time, ongoing
  480  professional development targeted to a teacher’s needs,
  481  opportunities for a teacher to observe other teachers, co
  482  teaching experiences, and reflection and followup discussions.
  483  Mentorship and induction activities must be provided for an
  484  applicant’s first year in the program and may be provided until
  485  the applicant attains his or her professional certificate in
  486  accordance with this section. A principal who is rated highly
  487  effective as determined by his or her performance evaluation
  488  under s. 1012.34 must be provided flexibility in selecting
  489  professional development activities under this paragraph;
  490  however, the activities must be approved by the department as
  491  part of the district’s, charter school’s, or charter management
  492  organization’s program.
  493         4. Access to materials identified by the department
  494  pursuant to paragraph (9)(d) and support to prepare applicants
  495  for the general knowledge examination.
  496         5. An assessment of teaching performance aligned to the
  497  district’s system for personnel evaluation under s. 1012.34
  498  which provides for:
  499         a. An initial evaluation of each educator’s competencies to
  500  determine an appropriate individualized professional development
  501  plan.
  502         b. A summative evaluation to assure successful completion
  503  of the program.
  504         6.5. Professional education preparation content knowledge,
  505  which must be included in the mentoring and induction activities
  506  under subparagraph 3., that includes, but is not limited to, the
  507  following:
  508         a. The state standards provided under s. 1003.41, including
  509  scientifically based reading instruction, content literacy, and
  510  mathematical practices, for each subject identified on the
  511  temporary certificate.
  512         b. The educator-accomplished practices approved by the
  513  state board.
  514         c. A variety of data indicators for monitoring student
  515  progress.
  516         d. Methodologies for teaching students with disabilities.
  517         e. Methodologies for teaching students of limited English
  518  proficiency appropriate for each subject area identified on the
  519  temporary certificate.
  520         f. Techniques and strategies for operationalizing the role
  521  of the teacher in assuring a safe learning environment for
  522  students.
  523         7.6. Required achievement of passing scores on the subject
  524  area and professional education competency examination required
  525  by State Board of Education rule. Mastery of general knowledge
  526  must be demonstrated as described in subsection (3). If the
  527  applicant has failed to achieve the required passing scores
  528  after receiving support from the school district, the district
  529  school board may waive this requirement upon the applicant’s
  530  completion of a 2-year mentorship program and the recommendation
  531  of the mentor and principal.
  532         (9) EXAMINATIONS.—
  533         (d) The department shall provide procedures for an
  534  applicant who fails an examination developed by the department
  535  or by an entity under contract with the department to review his
  536  or her examination questions and his or her incorrectly answered
  537  responses to the questions. The applicant bears the actual cost
  538  for the department to provide an examination review pursuant to
  539  this subsection. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law,
  540  only an applicant who fails an examination within a score range
  541  established by rule of the State Board of Education is entitled
  542  to an examination review under this paragraph or to challenge
  543  the validity of the examination. The department shall provide
  544  free access to resources that prepare aspiring teachers to
  545  succeed on the general knowledge examination required by state
  546  board rule.
  547         Section 7. Subsection (1) of section 1012.59, Florida
  548  Statutes, is amended to read:
  549         1012.59 Certification fees.—
  550         (1) The State Board of Education, by rule, shall establish
  551  separate fees for applications, examinations, certification,
  552  certification renewal, late renewal, recordmaking, and
  553  recordkeeping, and may establish procedures for scheduling and
  554  administering an examination upon an applicant’s request. Each
  555  fee shall be based on department estimates of the revenue
  556  required to implement the provisions of law with respect to
  557  certification of school personnel. The application fee shall be
  558  nonrefundable. Each examination fee shall be sufficient to cover
  559  the actual cost of developing and administering the examination
  560  and shall be apportioned to each part of a multipart
  561  examination. If an applicant fails one part of a multipart
  562  examination, he or she is required to retake that part of the
  563  examination and repay the apportioned fee.
  564         Section 8. Subsection (11) of section 1012.98, Florida
  565  Statutes, is amended to read:
  566         1012.98 School Community Professional Development Act.—
  567         (11) The department shall disseminate to the school
  568  community proven model professional development programs that
  569  have demonstrated success in increasing rigorous and relevant
  570  content, increasing student achievement and engagement, meeting
  571  identified student needs, and providing effective mentorship
  572  activities to new teachers and training to teacher mentors. The
  573  methods of dissemination must include a web-based statewide
  574  performance-support system including a database of exemplary
  575  teacher induction and mentorship models and standards,
  576  professional development activities, a listing of available
  577  professional development resources and, training programs, and
  578  available technical assistance. Professional development
  579  resources must include sample course-at-a-glance and unit
  580  overview templates that school districts may use when developing
  581  curriculum. The templates must provide an organized structure
  582  for addressing the Florida Standards, grade-level expectations,
  583  evidence outcomes, and 21st century skills that build to
  584  students’ mastery of the standards at each grade level. Each
  585  template must support teaching to greater intellectual depth and
  586  emphasize transfer and application of concepts, content, and
  587  skills. At a minimum, each template must:
  588         (a) Provide course or year-long sequencing of concept-based
  589  unit overviews based on the Florida Standards.
  590         (b) Describe the knowledge and vocabulary necessary for
  591  comprehension.
  592         (c) Promote the instructional shifts required within the
  593  Florida Standards.
  594         (d) Illustrate the interdependence of grade level
  595  expectations within and across content areas within a grade.
  596         Section 9. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.