Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1590 By Senator Taddeo 40-00945-19 20191590__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to native language assessments; 3 amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; requiring the Commissioner 4 of Education, upon request by a school district, to 5 provide statewide, standardized assessments in any 6 language to be administered to students with limited 7 English proficiency; authorizing such students to 8 choose to be administered the statewide, standardized 9 assessments in their native language or in English; 10 authorizing such students to choose to be administered 11 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in their native 12 language or in English; requiring the Department of 13 Education, upon request by a school district, to 14 develop and provide EOC assessments in any language to 15 be administered to students with limited English 16 proficiency; reenacting ss. 120.81(1)(c), 17 1002.395(10)(b), 1002.421(2)(a), 1003.433(1) and (3), 18 1003.4996(5)(b), 1008.34(1)(a) and (c), 1008.345(7), 19 and 1012.34(7)(a), F.S., relating to exceptions, 20 special requirements, and general areas of the 21 Administrative Procedure Act; the Florida Tax Credit 22 Scholarship Program; state school choice scholarship 23 program accountability and oversight; learning 24 opportunities for out-of-state and out-of-country 25 transfer students and students needing additional 26 instruction to meet high school graduation 27 requirements; the Competency-Based Education Pilot 28 Program; the school grading system, school report 29 cards, and district grade; implementation of a state 30 system of school improvement and education 31 accountability and personnel evaluation procedures and 32 criteria, respectively, to incorporate the amendments 33 made to s. 1008.22, F.S., in references thereto; 34 providing an effective date. 35 36 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 37 38 Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (3) of 39 section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, are amended, to read: 40 1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.— 41 (3) STATEWIDE, STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.—The 42 Commissioner of Education shall design and implement a 43 statewide, standardized assessment program aligned to the core 44 curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine 45 State Standards. The commissioner also must develop or select 46 and implement a common battery of assessment tools that will be 47 used in all juvenile justice education programs in the state. 48 These tools must accurately measure the core curricular content 49 established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. 50 Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all 51 school districts and all students attending public schools, 52 including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma 53 under s. 1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile 54 Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. 55 If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the 56 school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the 57 parent with information regarding the implications of such 58 nonparticipation. The statewide, standardized assessment program 59 shall be designed and implemented as follows: 60 (a) Statewide, standardized comprehensive assessments.—The 61 statewide, standardized Reading assessment shall be administered 62 annually in grades 3 through 10. The statewide, standardized 63 Writing assessment shall be administered annually at least once 64 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. When the 65 Reading and Writing assessments are replaced by English Language 66 Arts (ELA) assessments, ELA assessments shall be administered to 67 students in grades 3 through 10. Retake opportunities for the 68 grade 10 Reading assessment or, upon implementation, the grade 69 10 ELA assessment must be provided. Students taking the ELA 70 assessments shall not take the statewide, standardized 71 assessments in Reading or Writing. Reading passages and writing 72 prompts for ELA assessments shall incorporate grade-level core 73 curricula content from social studies. The statewide, 74 standardized Mathematics assessments shall be administered 75 annually in grades 3 through 8. Students taking a revised 76 Mathematics assessment shall not take the discontinued 77 assessment. The statewide, standardized Science assessment shall 78 be administered annually at least once at the elementary and 79 middle grades levels. In order to earn a standard high school 80 diploma, a student who has not earned a passing score on the 81 grade 10 Reading assessment or, upon implementation, the grade 82 10 ELA assessment must earn a passing score on the assessment 83 retake or earn a concordant score as authorized under subsection 84 (9). Upon request by a school district, the commissioner shall 85 provide any statewide, standardized assessment in any language 86 to be administered in the native language of a student with 87 limited English proficiency. A student with limited English 88 proficiency is entitled to choose to be administered the 89 statewide, standardized assessments in his or her native 90 language or in English. 91 (b) End-of-course (EOC) assessments.—EOC assessments must 92 be statewide, standardized, and developed or approved by the 93 Department of Education as follows: 94 1. EOC assessments for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology I, 95 United States History, and Civics shall be administered to 96 students enrolled in such courses as specified in the course 97 code directory. 98 2. Students enrolled in a course, as specified in the 99 course code directory, with an associated statewide, 100 standardized EOC assessment must take the EOC assessment for 101 such course and may not take the corresponding subject or grade 102 level statewide, standardized assessment pursuant to paragraph 103 (a). Sections 1003.4156 and 1003.4282 govern the use of 104 statewide, standardized EOC assessment results for students. 105 3. The commissioner may select one or more nationally 106 developed comprehensive examinations, which may include 107 examinations for a College Board Advanced Placement course, 108 International Baccalaureate course, or Advanced International 109 Certificate of Education course, or industry-approved 110 examinations to earn national industry certifications identified 111 in the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List, for use as EOC 112 assessments under this paragraph if the commissioner determines 113 that the content knowledge and skills assessed by the 114 examinations meet or exceed the grade-level expectations for the 115 core curricular content established for the course in the Next 116 Generation Sunshine State Standards. Use of any such examination 117 as an EOC assessment must be approved by the state board in 118 rule. 119 4. Contingent upon funding provided in the General 120 Appropriations Act, including the appropriation of funds 121 received through federal grants, the commissioner may establish 122 an implementation schedule for the development and 123 administration of additional statewide, standardized EOC 124 assessments that must be approved by the state board in rule. If 125 approved by the state board, student performance on such 126 assessments constitutes 30 percent of a student’s final course 127 grade. 128 5. All statewide, standardized EOC assessments must be 129 administered online except as otherwise provided in paragraph 130 (c). 131 6. A student enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP), 132 International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced International 133 Certificate of Education (AICE) course who takes the respective 134 AP, IB, or AICE assessment and earns the minimum score necessary 135 to earn college credit, as identified in s. 1007.27(2), meets 136 the requirements of this paragraph and does not have to take the 137 EOC assessment for the corresponding course. 138 7. A student with limited English proficiency is entitled 139 to choose to be administered any EOC assessment in English or in 140 his or her native language. Upon request by a school district, 141 the department must develop and provide any EOC assessment in 142 any language to the school district to be administered to the 143 student in his or her native language. 144 Section 2. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 145 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 146 reference thereto, paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 147 120.81, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read: 148 120.81 Exceptions and special requirements; general areas.— 149 (1) EDUCATIONAL UNITS.— 150 (c) Notwithstanding s. 120.52(16), any tests, test scoring 151 criteria, or testing procedures relating to student assessment 152 which are developed or administered by the Department of 153 Education pursuant to s. 1003.4282, s. 1008.22, or s. 1008.25, 154 or any other statewide educational tests required by law, are 155 not rules. 156 Section 3. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 157 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 158 reference thereto, paragraph (b) of subsection (10) of section 159 1002.395, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read: 160 1002.395 Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.— 161 (10) SCHOOL DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS; PARENTAL OPTIONS.— 162 (b) Upon the request of the Department of Education, a 163 school district shall coordinate with the department to provide 164 to a participating private school the statewide assessments 165 administered under s. 1008.22 and any related materials for 166 administering the assessments. A school district is responsible 167 for implementing test administrations at a participating private 168 school, including the: 169 1. Provision of training for private school staff on test 170 security and assessment administration procedures; 171 2. Distribution of testing materials to a private school; 172 3. Retrieval of testing materials from a private school; 173 4. Provision of the required format for a private school to 174 submit information to the district for test administration and 175 enrollment purposes; and 176 5. Provision of any required assistance, monitoring, or 177 investigation at a private school. 178 Section 4. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 179 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 180 reference thereto, paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 181 1002.421, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read: 182 1002.421 State school choice scholarship program 183 accountability and oversight.— 184 (2) DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OBLIGATIONS.— 185 (a) The Department of Education shall: 186 1. Annually verify the eligibility of private schools that 187 meet the requirements of this section, specific requirements 188 identified within respective scholarship program laws, and other 189 provisions of state law that apply to private schools. 190 2. Establish a toll-free hotline that provides parents and 191 private schools with information on participation in the 192 scholarship programs. 193 3. Establish a process by which individuals may notify the 194 department of any violation by a parent, private school, or 195 school district of state laws relating to program participation. 196 If the department has reasonable cause to believe that a 197 violation of this section or any rule adopted by the State Board 198 of Education has occurred, it shall conduct an inquiry or make a 199 referral to the appropriate agency for an investigation. A 200 department inquiry is not subject to the requirements of chapter 201 120. 202 4. Require an annual, notarized, sworn compliance statement 203 from participating private schools certifying compliance with 204 state laws, and retain such records. 205 5. Coordinate with the entities conducting the health 206 inspection for a private school to obtain copies of the 207 inspection reports. 208 6. Conduct site visits to private schools entering a 209 scholarship program for the first time. Beginning with the 2019 210 2020 school year, a private school is not eligible to receive 211 scholarship payments until a satisfactory site visit has been 212 conducted and the school is in compliance with all other 213 requirements of this section. 214 7. Coordinate with the State Fire Marshal to obtain access 215 to fire inspection reports for private schools. The authority 216 conducting the fire safety inspection shall certify to the State 217 Fire Marshal that the annual inspection has been completed and 218 that the school is in full compliance. The certification shall 219 be made electronically or by such other means as directed by the 220 State Fire Marshal. 221 8. Upon the request of a participating private school 222 authorized to administer statewide assessments, provide at no 223 cost to the school the statewide assessments administered under 224 s. 1008.22 and any related materials for administering the 225 assessments. Students at a private school may be assessed using 226 the statewide assessments if the addition of those students and 227 the school does not cause the state to exceed its contractual 228 caps for the number of students tested and the number of testing 229 sites. The state shall provide the same materials and support to 230 a private school that it provides to a public school. A private 231 school that chooses to administer statewide assessments under s. 232 1008.22 shall follow the requirements set forth in ss. 1008.22 233 and 1008.24, rules adopted by the State Board of Education to 234 implement those sections, and district-level testing policies 235 established by the district school board. 236 Section 5. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 237 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in 238 references thereto, subsections (1) and (3) of section 1003.433, 239 Florida Statutes, are reenacted to read: 240 1003.433 Learning opportunities for out-of-state and out 241 of-country transfer students and students needing additional 242 instruction to meet high school graduation requirements.— 243 (1) Students who enter a Florida public school at the 11th 244 or 12th grade from out of state or out of country shall not be 245 required to spend additional time in a Florida public school in 246 order to meet the high school course requirements if the student 247 has met all requirements of the school district, state, or 248 country from which he or she is transferring. Such students who 249 are not proficient in English should receive immediate and 250 intensive instruction in English language acquisition. However, 251 to receive a standard high school diploma, a transfer student 252 must earn a 2.0 grade point average and meet the requirements 253 under s. 1008.22. 254 (3) Students who have been enrolled in an ESOL program for 255 less than 2 school years and have met all requirements for the 256 standard high school diploma except for passage of any must-pass 257 assessment under s. 1003.4282 or s. 1008.22 or alternate 258 assessment may receive immersion English language instruction 259 during the summer following their senior year. Students 260 receiving such instruction are eligible to take the required 261 assessment or alternate assessment and receive a standard high 262 school diploma upon passage of the required assessment or 263 alternate assessment. This subsection shall be implemented to 264 the extent funding is provided in the General Appropriations 265 Act. 266 Section 6. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 267 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 268 reference thereto, paragraph (b) of subsection (5) of section 269 1003.4996, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read: 270 1003.4996 Competency-Based Education Pilot Program. 271 Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Competency-Based 272 Education Pilot Program is created within the Department of 273 Education to be administered for a period of 5 years. The 274 purpose of the pilot program is to provide an educational 275 environment that allows students to advance to higher levels of 276 learning upon the mastery of concepts and skills through 277 statutory exemptions relating to student progression and the 278 awarding of credits. 279 (5) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall: 280 (b) Provide participating schools with access to statewide, 281 standardized assessments required under s. 1008.22. 282 Section 7. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 283 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in 284 references thereto, paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (1) of 285 section 1008.34, Florida Statutes, are reenacted to read: 286 1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; 287 district grade.— 288 (1) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of the statewide, 289 standardized assessment program and school grading system, the 290 following terms are defined: 291 (a) “Achievement level,” “student achievement,” or 292 “achievement” describes the level of content mastery a student 293 has acquired in a particular subject as measured by a statewide, 294 standardized assessment administered pursuant to s. 295 1008.22(3)(a) and (b). There are five achievement levels. Level 296 1 is the lowest achievement level, level 5 is the highest 297 achievement level, and level 3 indicates satisfactory 298 performance. A student passes an assessment if the student 299 achieves a level 3, level 4, or level 5. For purposes of the 300 Florida Alternate Assessment administered pursuant to s. 301 1008.22(3)(c), the state board shall provide, in rule, the 302 number of achievement levels and identify the achievement levels 303 that are considered passing. 304 (c) “Student performance,” “student academic performance,” 305 or “academic performance” includes, but is not limited to, 306 student learning growth, achievement levels, and Learning Gains 307 on statewide, standardized assessments administered pursuant to 308 s. 1008.22. 309 Section 8. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 310 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 311 reference thereto, subsection (7) of section 1008.345, Florida 312 Statutes, is reenacted to read: 313 1008.345 Implementation of state system of school 314 improvement and education accountability.— 315 (7) As a part of the system of educational accountability, 316 the Department of Education shall: 317 (a) Develop minimum standards for various grades and 318 subject areas, as required in ss. 1001.03, 1008.22, and 1008.34. 319 (b) Administer the statewide assessment program created by 320 s. 1008.22. 321 (c) Review the school advisory councils of each district as 322 required by s. 1001.452. 323 (d) Conduct the program evaluations required by s. 1001.03. 324 (e) Maintain a listing of college-level communication and 325 mathematics skills associated with successful student 326 performance through the baccalaureate level and submit it to the 327 State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for 328 approval. 329 (f) Perform any other functions that may be involved in 330 educational planning, research, and evaluation or that may be 331 required by the commissioner, the State Board of Education, the 332 Board of Governors, or law. 333 Section 9. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment 334 made by this act to section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, in a 335 reference thereto, paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section 336 1012.34, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read: 337 1012.34 Personnel evaluation procedures and criteria.— 338 (7) MEASUREMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE.— 339 (a) The Commissioner of Education shall approve a formula 340 to measure individual student learning growth on the statewide, 341 standardized assessments in English Language Arts and 342 mathematics administered under s. 1008.22. A third party, 343 independent of the assessment developer, must analyze student 344 learning growth data calculated using the formula and provide 345 access to a data visualization tool that enables teachers to 346 understand and evaluate the data and school administrators to 347 improve instruction, evaluate programs, allocate resources, plan 348 professional development, and communicate with stakeholders. The 349 formula must take into consideration each student’s prior 350 academic performance. The formula must not set different 351 expectations for student learning growth based upon a student’s 352 gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. In the 353 development of the formula, the commissioner shall consider 354 other factors such as a student’s attendance record, disability 355 status, or status as an English language learner. The 356 commissioner may select additional formulas to measure student 357 performance as appropriate for the remainder of the statewide, 358 standardized assessments included under s. 1008.22 and continue 359 to select formulas as new assessments are implemented in the 360 state system. 361 Section 10. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.