Florida Senate - 2021 SB 190 By Senator Berman 31-00111B-21 2021190__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to required instruction; creating s. 3 1003.4551, F.S.; beginning in a specified school year, 4 requiring the Department of Education to annually 5 verify that school districts, charter schools, and 6 specified private schools implement certain 7 instruction relating to the history of African 8 Americans; defining the term “private school”; 9 specifying requirements for school districts, charter 10 schools, and specified private schools relating to 11 such instruction; requiring district school boards, 12 charter school governing boards, and private school 13 directors to adopt certain implementation plans; 14 requiring district school superintendents, charter 15 school principals, and private school directors to 16 annually provide specified evidence to the department 17 by a certain date; authorizing the State Board of 18 Education to adopt rules; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; 19 requiring certain statewide, standardized assessments 20 to include, when appropriate, curricula content from 21 the history of African Americans; providing an 22 effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Section 1003.4551, Florida Statutes, is created 27 to read: 28 1003.4551 School district, charter school, and private 29 school implementation of required instruction on the history of 30 African Americans.— 31 (1) Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, the department 32 shall annually verify that each school district, charter school, 33 and private school implements the instruction required under s. 34 1003.42(2)(h), relating to the history of African Americans, 35 efficiently and faithfully throughout the school district’s, 36 charter school’s, or private school’s entire curriculum, as 37 appropriate. For purposes of this section, the term “private 38 school” means a private school that accepts scholarship students 39 who participate in a state scholarship program under chapter 40 1002. 41 (2) Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, each school 42 district, charter school, and private school must: 43 (a) Develop, and each school board, charter school 44 governing board, and private school director or similar 45 administrator must adopt, a plan for the implementation of 46 required instruction on the history of African Americans and 47 publicize the plan in the school district’s, charter school’s, 48 or private school’s curriculum guides and on its website. 49 (b) Develop and implement an ongoing professional 50 development plan for training instructional staff in strategies 51 for teaching the history of African Americans. The school 52 district, charter school, or private school must allocate 53 adequate resources to structured professional development 54 programs and for enhancing the instruction of the history of 55 African Americans in an infused format. 56 (c) Integrate curricula for teaching the history of African 57 Americans which meet the requirements of s. 1003.42(2)(h) as 58 part of the school district’s, charter school’s, or private 59 school’s curriculum. Such curricula must be distributed to 60 curriculum specialists, teachers, media specialists, and other 61 instructional staff. The school district, charter school, or 62 private school must ensure that adequate instructional 63 resources, including, but not limited to, books, compact discs, 64 digital media, and lesson plans, are available to support such 65 instruction. 66 (d) Include content on the history of African Americans in 67 lesson plans for the entire school year, as appropriate. 68 (e) Approve methods for teaching and assessing curricula on 69 the history of African Americans. 70 (f) Include content on the history of African Americans in 71 any preparations for statewide assessments, when appropriate. 72 (g) Include content on the history of African Americans in 73 all appropriate subject areas. 74 (h) Partner with a state university for the development and 75 implementation of professional development, curricula, and 76 instructional support, including jointly seeking external 77 funding and preparing teachers and other instructional staff to 78 teach the history of African Americans. 79 (i) Develop strategies to involve parents in the 80 implementation of the curricula for the history of African 81 Americans, including through awareness information sessions. 82 (j) Partner with community members in the development and 83 ongoing implementation of curricula on the history of African 84 Americans. 85 (3) By August 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, each 86 district school superintendent, charter school principal, and 87 private school director or similar administrator shall provide 88 to the department, in a format prescribed by the department, 89 evidence of school district, charter school, and private school 90 compliance with subsection (2). 91 (4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to 92 administer this section. 93 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 94 1008.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 95 1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.— 96 (3) STATEWIDE, STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.—The 97 Commissioner of Education shall design and implement a 98 statewide, standardized assessment program aligned to the core 99 curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine 100 State Standards. The commissioner also must develop or select 101 and implement a common battery of assessment tools that will be 102 used in all juvenile justice education programs in the state. 103 These tools must accurately measure the core curricular content 104 established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. 105 Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all 106 school districts and all students attending public schools, 107 including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma 108 under s. 1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile 109 Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. 110 If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the 111 school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the 112 parent with information regarding the implications of such 113 nonparticipation. The statewide, standardized assessment program 114 shall be designed and implemented as follows: 115 (a) Statewide, standardized comprehensive assessments.—The 116 statewide, standardized Reading assessment shall be administered 117 annually in grades 3 through 10. The statewide, standardized 118 Writing assessment shall be administered annually at least once 119 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. When the 120 Reading and Writing assessments are replaced by English Language 121 Arts (ELA) assessments, ELA assessments shall be administered to 122 students in grades 3 through 10. Retake opportunities for the 123 grade 10 Reading assessment or, upon implementation, the grade 124 10 ELA assessment must be provided. Students taking the ELA 125 assessments shall not take the statewide, standardized 126 assessments in Reading or Writing. Reading passages and writing 127 prompts for ELA assessments shall incorporate grade-level core 128 curricula content from social studies and, when appropriate, 129 curricula content from the history of African Americans. The 130 statewide, standardized Mathematics assessments shall be 131 administered annually in grades 3 through 8. Students taking a 132 revised Mathematics assessment shall not take the discontinued 133 assessment. The statewide, standardized Science assessment shall 134 be administered annually at least once at the elementary and 135 middle grades levels. In order to earn a standard high school 136 diploma, a student who has not earned a passing score on the 137 grade 10 Reading assessment or, upon implementation, the grade 138 10 ELA assessment must earn a passing score on the assessment 139 retake or earn a concordant score as authorized under subsection 140 (9). 141 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.