Florida Senate - 2021 SB 200 By Senator Berman 31-00413-21 2021200__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to student retention; authorizing a 3 parent to request that his or her student be retained 4 in a grade level for a specified school year; 5 requiring such request to be submitted in a specified 6 manner; requiring school district superintendents to 7 grant such requests if they are timely received; 8 authorizing school district superintendents to grant 9 requests that are not timely received; requiring 10 school districts to administer a certain assessment to 11 specified students; requiring such students to 12 participate in the assessment; clarifying that 13 specified students may qualify for midyear promotion; 14 authorizing a parent to request such promotion or to 15 request that his or her student continue to be 16 retained; requiring school districts to approve such 17 requests; requiring school districts to report certain 18 data to the Department of Education by a specified 19 date; providing for future repeal; providing an 20 effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a 25 parent may choose to retain his or her K-12 public school 26 student in the grade level to which the student was assigned at 27 the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year for the 2021-2022 28 school year. 29 (1) A parent who wishes for his or her student to be 30 retained under this act shall submit a retention request in 31 writing to the school district superintendent. Only requests 32 received by the superintendent on or before June 1, 2021, must 33 be considered. A school district superintendent who timely 34 receives such a request shall grant the request. A school 35 district superintendent who receives such a written request 36 after the deadline for receipt may grant the request upon his or 37 her discretion. 38 (2) School districts shall administer a midyear assessment 39 to a student retained pursuant to this act. Such assessment 40 shall evaluate the student’s progression to mastery of the 41 standards imposed under s. 1003.41, Florida Statutes. A student 42 retained pursuant to this act shall participate in such midyear 43 assessment, the statewide, standardized assessments administered 44 under s. 1008.22, Florida Statutes, and any other statewide 45 educational tests required by law. 46 (3) A student for whom a parent requests retention may 47 qualify for whole-grade promotion, midyear promotion, or 48 subject-matter acceleration pursuant to s. 1002.3105, Florida 49 Statutes, during the 2021-2022 school year. In such case, the 50 parent may request that the school district promote his or her 51 student accordingly or that his or her student be retained 52 pursuant to the parent’s retention request. School districts 53 shall grant all such requests. 54 (4) By June 1, 2022, school districts shall report to the 55 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 56 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 57 (5) This act shall stand repealed on June 30, 2022, unless 58 reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 59 Legislature. 60 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.