Florida Senate - 2021 SB 886 By Senator Thurston 33-00877A-21 2021886__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to COVID-19 impact on school 3 accountability; amending s. 1008.34, F.S.; prohibiting 4 a school from being required to select and implement a 5 turnaround option in the 2021-2022 school year based 6 on the school’s 2020-2021 school grade or improvement 7 rating; prohibiting a school or an approved provider 8 from being subject to sanctions or penalties as a 9 result of its 2020-2021 school grade or improvement 10 rating; prohibiting a high-performing charter school 11 system or school district from losing such designation 12 based on 2020-2021 school grades; prohibiting student 13 performance results from the 2020-2021 statewide, 14 standardized assessments from being used for 15 determining grade 3 retention or high school 16 graduation or for calculating student performance 17 measurement and evaluating personnel; providing an 18 effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Present subsection (6) of section 1008.34, 23 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (7), and a new 24 subsection (6) is added to that section, to read: 25 1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; 26 district grade.— 27 (6) HEALTH EMERGENCY PROVISION.—In recognition of the 28 public health emergency caused by COVID-19, and notwithstanding 29 any other provision of law: 30 (a) A school may not be required to select and implement a 31 turnaround option pursuant to s. 1008.33 in the 2021-2022 school 32 year based on the school’s 2020-2021 school grade or school 33 improvement rating pursuant to s. 1008.341, as applicable. 34 (b) A school or approved provider under s. 1002.45 that 35 receives the same or a lower school grade or school improvement 36 rating for the 2020-2021 school year compared to the 2018-2019 37 school year is not subject to sanctions or penalties that would 38 otherwise occur as a result of the 2020-2021 school grade or 39 school improvement rating. A charter school system or a school 40 district designated as high performing may not lose the 41 designation based on the 2020-2021 school grade of any of the 42 schools within the charter school system or school district, as 43 applicable. 44 (c) Student performance results from the 2020-2021 45 statewide, standardized assessments may not be used for purposes 46 of determining grade 3 retention pursuant to s. 1008.25(5) and 47 high school graduation pursuant to s. 1003.4282 or for 48 calculating student performance measurement and evaluating 49 personnel pursuant to s. 1012.34. 50 (d) This subsection is repealed July 1, 2023. 51 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.