Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 226
       By the Committee on Education; and Senator Brandes
       581-02949-19                                           2019226c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to mastery-based education; amending
    3         s. 1003.436, F.S.; authorizing a district school board
    4         or developmental research school participating in the
    5         Mastery-Based Education Pilot Program to award credit
    6         based on student mastery of certain content and
    7         skills; amending s. 1003.437, F.S.; authorizing a
    8         district school board or developmental research school
    9         participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
   10         Program to use an alternative interpretation of letter
   11         grades for certain students; requiring participating
   12         district school boards and developmental research
   13         schools to use the current 4-point scale in
   14         determining student grade point averages; amending s.
   15         1003.4996, F.S.; renaming the Competency-Based
   16         Education Pilot Program as the Mastery-Based Education
   17         Pilot Program; authorizing public school districts and
   18         developmental research schools to submit applications
   19         for the program; authorizing participating school
   20         districts and developmental research schools to amend
   21         their applications to include alternatives for the
   22         award of credits and interpretation of letter grades;
   23         providing requirements for such alternatives; amending
   24         s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the statewide articulation
   25         agreement to ensure fair and equitable access for
   26         students who have earned high school credit through
   27         mastery-based education and graduate with a standard
   28         high school diploma; providing an effective date.
   30  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   32         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   33  1003.436, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   34         1003.436 Definition of “credit.”—
   35         (1)(a) For the purposes of requirements for high school
   36  graduation, one full credit means a minimum of 135 hours of bona
   37  fide instruction in a designated course of study that contains
   38  student performance standards, except as otherwise provided
   39  through the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) under s.
   40  1003.4295(3). One full credit means a minimum of 120 hours of
   41  bona fide instruction in a designated course of study that
   42  contains student performance standards for purposes of meeting
   43  high school graduation requirements in a district school that
   44  has been authorized to implement block scheduling by the
   45  district school board. However, district school boards and
   46  developmental research schools participating in the Mastery
   47  Based Education Pilot Program under s. 1003.4996 may determine
   48  and award credit based on a student’s mastery of the core
   49  content and skills, consistent with s. 1003.41, as approved by
   50  the district school board. The State Board of Education shall
   51  determine the number of postsecondary credit hours earned
   52  through dual enrollment pursuant to s. 1007.271 that satisfy the
   53  requirements of a dual enrollment articulation agreement
   54  according to s. 1007.271(21) and that equal one full credit of
   55  the equivalent high school course identified pursuant to s.
   56  1007.271(9).
   57         Section 2. Section 1003.437, Florida Statutes, is amended
   58  to read:
   59         1003.437 Middle and high school grading system.—
   60         (1) The grading system and interpretation of letter grades
   61  used to measure student success in grade 6 through grade 12
   62  courses for students in public schools is shall be as follows:
   63         (a)(1) Grade “A” equals 90 percent through 100 percent, has
   64  a grade point average value of 4, and is defined as “outstanding
   65  progress.”
   66         (b)(2) Grade “B” equals 80 percent through 89 percent, has
   67  a grade point average value of 3, and is defined as “above
   68  average progress.”
   69         (c)(3) Grade “C” equals 70 percent through 79 percent, has
   70  a grade point average value of 2, and is defined as “average
   71  progress.”
   72         (d)(4) Grade “D” equals 60 percent through 69 percent, has
   73  a grade point average value of 1, and is defined as “lowest
   74  acceptable progress.”
   75         (e)(5) Grade “F” equals zero percent through 59 percent,
   76  has a grade point average value of zero, and is defined as
   77  “failure.”
   78         (f)(6) Grade “I” equals zero percent, has a grade point
   79  average value of zero, and is defined as “incomplete.”
   80         (2)A district school board and a developmental research
   81  school participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
   82  Program under s. 1003.4996 may use an alternative interpretation
   83  of letter grades to measure student success in grade 6 through
   84  grade 12; however, the school board and developmental research
   85  school must continue to use the 4-point scale established in
   86  subsection (1) for calculating a student’s grade point average.
   88  For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may
   89  exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.
   90         Section 3. Section 1003.4996, Florida Statutes, is amended
   91  to read:
   92         1003.4996 Mastery-Based Competency-Based Education Pilot
   93  Program.—Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Mastery
   94  Based Competency-Based Education Pilot Program is created within
   95  the Department of Education to be administered for a period of 5
   96  years. The purpose of the pilot program is to provide an
   97  educational environment that allows students to advance to
   98  higher levels of learning upon the mastery of concepts and
   99  skills through statutory exemptions relating to student
  100  progression and the awarding of credits.
  101         (1) PARTICIPATION.—Developmental research schools
  102  established under s. 1002.32, including the P.K. Yonge
  103  Developmental Research School, and public school districts,
  104  including, but not limited to, the Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas,
  105  and Seminole County School Districts, may submit an application
  106  in a format prescribed by the department to participate in the
  107  pilot program.
  108         (2) APPLICATION.—The application to participate in the
  109  pilot program must, at a minimum, include:
  110         (a) The vision and timelines for the implementation of
  111  mastery-based competency-based education within the school
  112  district, including a list of the schools that will participate
  113  in the pilot program during the first school year and the list
  114  of schools that will be integrated into the program in
  115  subsequent school years.
  116         (b) The annual goals and performance outcomes for
  117  participating schools, including, but not limited to:
  118         1. Student performance as defined in s. 1008.34.
  119         2. Promotion and retention rates.
  120         3. Graduation rates.
  121         4. Indicators of college and career readiness.
  122         (c) A communication plan for parents and other
  123  stakeholders, including local businesses and community members.
  124         (d) The scope of and timelines for professional development
  125  for school instructional and administrative personnel.
  126         (e) A plan for student progression based on the mastery of
  127  content, including mechanisms that determine and ensure that a
  128  student has satisfied the requirements for grade-level promotion
  129  and content mastery.
  130         (f) A plan for using technology and digital and blended
  131  learning to enhance student achievement and facilitate the
  132  mastery-based competency-based education system.
  133         (g) The proposed allocation of resources for the pilot
  134  program at the school and district levels.
  135         (h) The recruitment and selection of participating schools.
  136         (i) The rules to be waived for participating schools
  137  pursuant to subsection (3) to implement the pilot program.
  138         (3) EXEMPTION FROM RULES.—In addition to the waivers
  139  authorized in s. 1001.10(3), the State Board of Education may
  140  authorize the commissioner to grant an additional waiver of
  141  rules relating to student progression and the awarding of
  142  credits.
  144         (a) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, participating
  145  school districts and developmental research schools may amend
  146  their applications to include alternatives for awarding credit,
  147  as authorized under s. 1003.436, and for the interpretation of
  148  middle school and high school letter grades, as authorized under
  149  s. 1003.437.
  150         1. Alternatives to awarding credit must include
  151  verification of the student’s mastery of the applicable course
  152  content using rigorous scoring rubrics to evaluate the student’s
  153  work. A participating school district and developmental research
  154  school must amend its student progression plan required by s.
  155  1008.25 to conform to the alternative awarding of credits
  156  pursuant to this section.
  157         2. Alternatives to the interpretation of middle school and
  158  high school letter grades may substitute the applicable language
  159  from the school district’s rigorous scoring rubric; however,
  160  participating school districts and developmental research
  161  schools must continue to use the 4-point scale established in s.
  162  1003.437(1) for calculating a student’s grade point average.
  163         (b) An application that is amended pursuant to this
  164  subsection must be approved by the district school board or
  165  developmental research school governing authority, as
  166  applicable.
  167         (5)(4) STUDENT FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a
  168  participating school shall be reported for and generate funding
  169  pursuant to s. 1011.62.
  170         (6)(5) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall:
  171         (a) Compile the student and staff schedules of
  172  participating schools before and after implementation of the
  173  pilot program.
  174         (b) Provide participating schools with access to statewide,
  175  standardized assessments required under s. 1008.22.
  176         (c) Annually, by June 1, provide to the Governor, the
  177  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  178  Representatives a report summarizing the activities and
  179  accomplishments of the pilot program and any recommendations for
  180  statutory revisions.
  181         (7)(6) RULES.—The State Board of Education shall adopt
  182  rules to administer this section.
  183         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 1007.23, Florida
  184  Statutes, is amended to read:
  185         1007.23 Statewide articulation agreement.—
  186         (1) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  187  shall enter into a statewide articulation agreement which the
  188  State Board of Education shall adopt by rule. The agreement must
  189  preserve Florida’s “2+2” system of articulation, facilitate the
  190  seamless articulation of student credit across and among
  191  Florida’s educational entities, and reinforce the provisions of
  192  this chapter by governing:
  193         (a) Articulation between secondary and postsecondary
  194  education, including fair and equitable access for students who
  195  have earned high school credit through a mastery-based education
  196  program pursuant to s. 1003.4996 and graduate with a standard
  197  high school diploma;
  198         (b) Admission of associate in arts degree graduates from
  199  Florida College System institutions and state universities;
  200         (c) Admission of applied technology diploma program
  201  graduates from Florida College System institutions or career
  202  centers;
  203         (d) Admission of associate in science degree and associate
  204  in applied science degree graduates from Florida College System
  205  institutions;
  206         (e) The use of acceleration mechanisms, including
  207  nationally standardized examinations through which students may
  208  earn credit;
  209         (f) General education requirements and statewide course
  210  numbers as provided for in ss. 1007.24 and 1007.25; and
  211         (g) Articulation among programs in nursing.
  212         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.