Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 226
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Education (Brandes) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
    6  1003.436, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1003.436 Definition of “credit.”—
    8         (1)(a) For the purposes of requirements for high school
    9  graduation, one full credit means a minimum of 135 hours of bona
   10  fide instruction in a designated course of study that contains
   11  student performance standards, except as otherwise provided
   12  through the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) under s.
   13  1003.4295(3). One full credit means a minimum of 120 hours of
   14  bona fide instruction in a designated course of study that
   15  contains student performance standards for purposes of meeting
   16  high school graduation requirements in a district school that
   17  has been authorized to implement block scheduling by the
   18  district school board. However, district school boards
   19  participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot Program under
   20  s. 1003.4996 may determine and award credit based on a student’s
   21  mastery of the core content and skills, consistent with s.
   22  1003.41, as approved by the district school board. The State
   23  Board of Education shall determine the number of postsecondary
   24  credit hours earned through dual enrollment pursuant to s.
   25  1007.271 that satisfy the requirements of a dual enrollment
   26  articulation agreement according to s. 1007.271(21) and that
   27  equal one full credit of the equivalent high school course
   28  identified pursuant to s. 1007.271(9).
   29         Section 2. Section 1003.437, Florida Statutes, is amended
   30  to read:
   31         1003.437 Middle and high school grading system.—
   32         (1) The grading system and interpretation of letter grades
   33  used to measure student success in grade 6 through grade 12
   34  courses for students in public schools is shall be as follows:
   35         (a)(1) Grade “A” equals 90 percent through 100 percent, has
   36  a grade point average value of 4, and is defined as “outstanding
   37  progress.”
   38         (b)(2) Grade “B” equals 80 percent through 89 percent, has
   39  a grade point average value of 3, and is defined as “above
   40  average progress.”
   41         (c)(3) Grade “C” equals 70 percent through 79 percent, has
   42  a grade point average value of 2, and is defined as “average
   43  progress.”
   44         (d)(4) Grade “D” equals 60 percent through 69 percent, has
   45  a grade point average value of 1, and is defined as “lowest
   46  acceptable progress.”
   47         (e)(5) Grade “F” equals zero percent through 59 percent,
   48  has a grade point average value of zero, and is defined as
   49  “failure.”
   50         (f)(6) Grade “I” equals zero percent, has a grade point
   51  average value of zero, and is defined as “incomplete.”
   52         (2)A district school board participating in the Mastery
   53  Based Education Pilot Program under s. 1003.4996 may use an
   54  alternative interpretation of letter grades to measure student
   55  success in grade 6 through grade 12; however, the school board
   56  must continue to use the 4-point scale established in subsection
   57  (1) for calculating a student’s grade point average.
   59  For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may
   60  exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.
   61         Section 3. Section 1003.4996, Florida Statutes, is amended
   62  to read:
   63         1003.4996 Mastery-Based Competency-Based Education Pilot
   64  Program.—Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Mastery
   65  Based Competency-Based Education Pilot Program is created within
   66  the Department of Education to be administered for a period of 5
   67  years. The purpose of the pilot program is to provide an
   68  educational environment that allows students to advance to
   69  higher levels of learning upon the mastery of concepts and
   70  skills through statutory exemptions relating to student
   71  progression and the awarding of credits.
   72         (1) PARTICIPATION.—The P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
   73  School and public school districts, including, but not limited
   74  to, the Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and Seminole County School
   75  Districts, may submit an application in a format prescribed by
   76  the department to participate in the pilot program.
   77         (2) APPLICATION.—The application to participate in the
   78  pilot program must, at a minimum, include:
   79         (a) The vision and timelines for the implementation of
   80  mastery-based competency-based education within the school
   81  district, including a list of the schools that will participate
   82  in the pilot program during the first school year and the list
   83  of schools that will be integrated into the program in
   84  subsequent school years.
   85         (b) The annual goals and performance outcomes for
   86  participating schools, including, but not limited to:
   87         1. Student performance as defined in s. 1008.34.
   88         2. Promotion and retention rates.
   89         3. Graduation rates.
   90         4. Indicators of college and career readiness.
   91         (c) A communication plan for parents and other
   92  stakeholders, including local businesses and community members.
   93         (d) The scope of and timelines for professional development
   94  for school instructional and administrative personnel.
   95         (e) A plan for student progression based on the mastery of
   96  content, including mechanisms that determine and ensure that a
   97  student has satisfied the requirements for grade-level promotion
   98  and content mastery.
   99         (f) A plan for using technology and digital and blended
  100  learning to enhance student achievement and facilitate the
  101  mastery-based competency-based education system.
  102         (g) The proposed allocation of resources for the pilot
  103  program at the school and district levels.
  104         (h) The recruitment and selection of participating schools.
  105         (i) The rules to be waived for participating schools
  106  pursuant to subsection (3) to implement the pilot program.
  107         (3) EXEMPTION FROM RULES.—In addition to the waivers
  108  authorized in s. 1001.10(3), the State Board of Education may
  109  authorize the commissioner to grant an additional waiver of
  110  rules relating to student progression and the awarding of
  111  credits.
  113         (a) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, participating
  114  school districts may amend their applications to include
  115  alternatives for awarding credit, as authorized under s.
  116  1003.436, and for the interpretation of middle school and high
  117  school letter grades, as authorized under s. 1003.437.
  118         1. Alternatives to awarding credit must include
  119  verification of the student’s mastery of the applicable course
  120  content using rigorous scoring rubrics to evaluate the student’s
  121  work. A participating school district must amend its student
  122  progression plan required by s. 1008.25 to conform to the
  123  alternative awarding of credits pursuant to this section.
  124         2. Alternatives to the interpretation of middle school and
  125  high school letter grades may substitute the applicable language
  126  from the school district’s rigorous scoring rubric; however,
  127  participating school districts must continue to use the 4-point
  128  scale established in s. 1003.437(1) for calculating a student’s
  129  grade point average.
  130         (b) An application that is amended pursuant to this
  131  subsection must be approved by the district school board.
  132         (5)(4) STUDENT FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a
  133  participating school shall be reported for and generate funding
  134  pursuant to s. 1011.62.
  135         (6)(5) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall:
  136         (a) Compile the student and staff schedules of
  137  participating schools before and after implementation of the
  138  pilot program.
  139         (b) Provide participating schools with access to statewide,
  140  standardized assessments required under s. 1008.22.
  141         (c) Annually, by June 1, provide to the Governor, the
  142  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  143  Representatives a report summarizing the activities and
  144  accomplishments of the pilot program and any recommendations for
  145  statutory revisions.
  146         (7)(6) RULES.—The State Board of Education shall adopt
  147  rules to administer this section.
  148         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 1007.23, Florida
  149  Statutes, is amended to read:
  150         1007.23 Statewide articulation agreement.—
  151         (1) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  152  shall enter into a statewide articulation agreement which the
  153  State Board of Education shall adopt by rule. The agreement must
  154  preserve Florida’s “2+2” system of articulation, facilitate the
  155  seamless articulation of student credit across and among
  156  Florida’s educational entities, and reinforce the provisions of
  157  this chapter by governing:
  158         (a) Articulation between secondary and postsecondary
  159  education, including fair and equitable access for students who
  160  have earned high school credit through a mastery-based education
  161  program pursuant to s. 1003.4996 and graduate with a standard
  162  high school diploma;
  163         (b) Admission of associate in arts degree graduates from
  164  Florida College System institutions and state universities;
  165         (c) Admission of applied technology diploma program
  166  graduates from Florida College System institutions or career
  167  centers;
  168         (d) Admission of associate in science degree and associate
  169  in applied science degree graduates from Florida College System
  170  institutions;
  171         (e) The use of acceleration mechanisms, including
  172  nationally standardized examinations through which students may
  173  earn credit;
  174         (f) General education requirements and statewide course
  175  numbers as provided for in ss. 1007.24 and 1007.25; and
  176         (g) Articulation among programs in nursing.
  177         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.
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  180  And the title is amended as follows:
  181         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  182  and insert:
  183                        A bill to be entitled                      
  184         An act relating to mastery-based education; amending
  185         s. 1003.436, F.S.; authorizing a district school board
  186         participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
  187         Program to award credit based on student mastery of
  188         certain content and skills; amending s. 1003.437,
  189         F.S.; authorizing a district school board
  190         participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
  191         Program to use an alternative interpretation of letter
  192         grades for certain students; requiring participating
  193         district school boards to use the current 4-point
  194         scale in determining student grade point averages;
  195         amending s. 1003.4996, F.S.; renaming the Competency
  196         Based Education Pilot Program as the Mastery-Based
  197         Education Pilot Program; authorizing public school
  198         districts to submit applications for the program;
  199         authorizing participating school districts to amend
  200         their applications to include alternatives for the
  201         award credits and interpretation of letter grades;
  202         providing requirements for such alternatives; amending
  203         s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the statewide articulation
  204         agreement to ensure fair and equitable access for
  205         students who have earned high school credit through
  206         mastery-based education and graduate with a standard
  207         high school diploma; providing an effective date.