Florida Senate - 2019 SB 416 By Senator Gruters 23-00760-19 2019416__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to high school graduation 3 requirements; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; revising 4 the required credits for certain students for a 5 standard high school diploma to include one-half 6 credit of instruction in civics and seven and one 7 half, rather than eight, credits in electives; 8 requiring certain students to correctly answer a 9 minimum number of questions on a test identical to the 10 civics portion of the naturalization test used by the 11 United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 12 Services; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Paragraphs (d) and (g) of subsection (3) of 17 section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 18 1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.— 19 (3) STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA; COURSE AND ASSESSMENT 20 REQUIREMENTS.— 21 (d) Three and one-half credits in social studies.—A student 22 must earn one credit in United States History; one credit in 23 World History; one-half credit in economics, which must include 24 financial literacy;
andone-half credit in United States 25 Government; and, beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 26 2019-2020 school year, one-half credit in civics. The United 27 States History EOC assessment constitutes 30 percent of the 28 student’s final course grade. Beginning with students entering 29 grade 9 in the 2019-2020 school year, in order to obtain a high 30 school diploma or its equivalent, a student must also correctly 31 answer at least 60 of the 100 questions listed on a test that is 32 identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used 33 by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 34 Services. 35 (g) EightCredits in electives.—School districts must 36 develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may 37 develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, 38 such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such 39 electives must include opportunities for students to earn 40 college credit, including industry-certified career education 41 programs or series of career-themed courses that result in 42 industry certification or articulate into the award of college 43 credit, or career education courses for which there is a 44 statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to 45 college credit. A student entering grade 9 before the 2019-2020 46 school year must earn eight credits in electives. A student 47 entering grade 9 in the 2019-2020 school year or thereafter must 48 earn seven and one-half credits in electives. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.