Florida Senate - 2024                             CS for SB 7004
       By the Committees on Fiscal Policy; and Education Pre-K -12
       594-01837-24                                          20247004c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to deregulation of public
    3         schools/assessment and accountability, instruction,
    4         and education choice; amending s. 1002.31, F.S.;
    5         revising how often a school district or charter school
    6         must update its school capacity determination;
    7         deleting a requirement relating to school capacity
    8         determination by district school boards; amending s.
    9         1002.3105, F.S.; deleting a requirement that a
   10         performance contract be completed if a student
   11         participates in an Academically Challenging Curriculum
   12         to Enhance Learning option; providing that a
   13         performance contract may be used at the discretion of
   14         the principal; repealing s. 1002.311, F.S., relating
   15         to single-gender programs; amending s. 1002.34, F.S.;
   16         deleting a requirement for the Commissioner of
   17         Education to provide for an annual comparative
   18         evaluation of charter technical career centers and
   19         public technical centers; amending s. 1002.45, F.S.;
   20         deleting the requirement that a notification to
   21         parents regarding virtual instruction be written;
   22         providing construction; amending s. 1002.53, F.S.;
   23         deleting a requirement for a school district to
   24         provide for admission of certain students to a summer
   25         prekindergarten program; amending s. 1002.61, F.S.;
   26         authorizing, rather than requiring, a school district
   27         to administer the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
   28         Program; providing that a student is eligible for
   29         summer reading camp under certain conditions; amending
   30         s. 1002.63, F.S.; deleting a requirement for an early
   31         learning coalition to verify that certain public
   32         schools comply with specified provisions; amending s.
   33         1002.71, F.S.; deleting a requirement for school
   34         district funding for certain programs; deleting a
   35         requirement for district school board attendance
   36         policies for Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
   37         Programs; requiring a school district to certify its
   38         attendance records for a Voluntary Prekindergarten
   39         Education Program; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.;
   40         revising requirements for assessments needed for a
   41         student to earn a high school diploma; deleting a
   42         requirement for a student who transfers into a public
   43         high school to take specified assessments; revising
   44         the courses for which the transferring course final
   45         grade must be honored for a transfer student under
   46         certain conditions; amending s. 1003.433, F.S.;
   47         deleting requirements that must be met by students who
   48         transfer to a public school for 11th or 12th grade;
   49         amending s. 1003.435, F.S.; deleting an exception for
   50         the high school equivalency diploma program; requiring
   51         school districts to adopt a policy that allows
   52         specified students to take the high school equivalency
   53         examination; amending s. 1003.4935, F.S.; deleting a
   54         requirement that the Department of Education collect
   55         and report certain data relating to a middle school
   56         career and professional academy or career-themed
   57         course; repealing s. 1003.4995, F.S., relating to the
   58         fine arts report prepared by the Commissioner of
   59         Education; repealing s. 1003.4996, F.S., relating to
   60         the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program; amending
   61         s. 1003.49965, F.S.; authorizing, rather than
   62         requiring, a school district to hold an Art in the
   63         Capitol Competition; amending s. 1003.51, F.S.;
   64         deleting a requirement regarding assessment procedures
   65         for Department of Juvenile Justice education programs;
   66         revising requirements for which assessment results
   67         must be included in a student’s discharge packet;
   68         revising requirements for when a district school board
   69         must face sanctions for unsatisfactory performance in
   70         its Department of Juvenile Justice programs; amending
   71         s. 1003.621, F.S.; deleting a requirement for
   72         academically high-performing school districts to
   73         submit an annual report to the State Board of
   74         Education and the Legislature; amending s. 1006.28,
   75         F.S.; revising the definition of the term “adequate
   76         instructional materials”; revising a timeframe
   77         requirement for each district school superintendent to
   78         notify the department about instructional materials;
   79         deleting a requirement for such notification;
   80         authorizing, rather than requiring, a school principal
   81         to collect the purchase price of instructional
   82         materials lost, destroyed, or damaged by a student;
   83         amending s. 1006.283, F.S.; revising a timeframe
   84         requirement for a district school superintendent to
   85         certify to the Department of Education that
   86         instructional materials are aligned with state
   87         standards; amending s. 1006.33, F.S.; requiring the
   88         Department of Education to advertise bids or proposals
   89         for instructional materials within a specified
   90         timeframe beginning in a specified instructional
   91         materials adoption cycle; requiring the department to
   92         publish specifications for subject areas within a
   93         specified timeframe; amending s. 1006.34, F.S.;
   94         requiring the commissioner to publish a list of
   95         adopted instructional materials within a specified
   96         timeframe beginning in a specified instructional
   97         materials adoption cycle; amending s. 1006.40, F.S.;
   98         authorizing district school boards to approve an
   99         exemption to the purchase of certain instructional
  100         materials; revising the timeframe between purchases of
  101         instructional materials; amending s. 1008.212, F.S.;
  102         providing that certain assessments are not subject to
  103         specified requirements; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.;
  104         deleting a requirement that a student pass a certain
  105         assessment to earn a high school diploma; deleting
  106         requirements relating to a uniform calendar that must
  107         be published by the commissioner each year; revising a
  108         time requirement for each school district to establish
  109         schedules for the administration of statewide,
  110         standardized assessments; revising the information
  111         that must be included with the schedules; conforming
  112         provisions to changes made by the act; deleting a
  113         requirement for the commissioner to identify which SAT
  114         and ACT scores would satisfy graduation requirements;
  115         deleting a requirement for the commissioner to
  116         identify comparative scores for the Algebra I end-of
  117         course assessment; amending s. 1008.25, F.S.;
  118         providing conditions under which a student must be
  119         promoted to grade 4; requiring two administrations of
  120         the coordinated screening and progress monitoring
  121         system for students in a summer prekindergarten
  122         program; conforming cross-references; amending s.
  123         1008.33, F.S.; prohibiting a school from being
  124         required to use a certain parameter as the sole
  125         determining factor to recruit instructional personnel;
  126         providing requirements for a rule adopted by the State
  127         Board of Education; revising the date by which a
  128         school district must submit a memorandum of
  129         understanding to the Department of Education;
  130         increasing the length of time for which certain school
  131         districts must continue a turnaround plan; revising an
  132         authorization for the state board to allow a school
  133         additional time before implementing a turnaround
  134         option; revising requirements for schools that
  135         complete a plan cycle; providing additional options
  136         for a school that completes a plan cycle but does meet
  137         certain requirements; providing that implementation of
  138         a turnaround option is not required under certain
  139         conditions; amending s. 1008.332, F.S.; revising a
  140         provision of the No Child Left Behind Act to conform
  141         to the Every Student Succeeds Act; deleting a
  142         requirement for certain committee members to annually
  143         report to specified entities; amending s. 1008.34,
  144         F.S.; requiring that certain changes made by the state
  145         board to the school grades model or school grading
  146         scale go into effect in the following school year or
  147         later; conforming cross-references; amending s.
  148         1008.345, F.S.; deleting a requirement for the
  149         Department of Education to develop an annual feedback
  150         report; deleting a requirement for the Commissioner of
  151         Education to review specified feedback reports and
  152         submit findings to the State Board of Education;
  153         deleting certain requirements for a report the
  154         commissioner produces annually for the state board;
  155         conforming a cross reference; amending s. 1000.05,
  156         F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing effective
  157         dates.
  159  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  161         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
  162  1002.31, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  163         1002.31 Controlled open enrollment; public school parental
  164  choice.—
  165         (2)
  166         (b) Each school district and charter school capacity
  167  determinations for its schools, by grade level, must be updated
  168  at least twice annually every 12 weeks and be identified on the
  169  school district and charter school’s websites. In determining
  170  the capacity of each district school, the district school board
  171  shall incorporate the specifications, plans, elements, and
  172  commitments contained in the school district educational
  173  facilities plan and the long-term work programs required under
  174  s. 1013.35. Each charter school governing board shall determine
  175  capacity based upon its charter school contract. Each virtual
  176  charter school and each school district with a contract with an
  177  approved virtual instruction program provider shall determine
  178  capacity based upon the enrollment requirements established
  179  under s. 1002.45(1)(e)4.
  180         Section 2. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (4) of
  181  section 1002.3105, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  182         1002.3105 Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance
  183  Learning (ACCEL) options.—
  184         (4) ACCEL REQUIREMENTS.—
  185         (c) If a student participates in an ACCEL option pursuant
  186  to the parental request under subparagraph (b)1., a performance
  187  contract is not required but may be used at the discretion of
  188  the principal must be executed by the student, the parent, and
  189  the principal. At a minimum, the performance contract must
  190  require compliance with:
  191         1. Minimum student attendance requirements.
  192         2. Minimum student conduct requirements.
  193         3.ACCEL option requirements established by the principal,
  194  which may include participation in extracurricular activities,
  195  educational outings, field trips, interscholastic competitions,
  196  and other activities related to the ACCEL option selected.
  197         (d) If a principal initiates a student’s participation in
  198  an ACCEL option, the student’s parent must be notified. A
  199  performance contract, pursuant to paragraph (c), is not required
  200  when a principal initiates participation but may be used at the
  201  discretion of the principal.
  202         Section 3. Section 1002.311, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
  203         Section 4. Subsection (19) of section 1002.34, Florida
  204  Statutes, is amended to read:
  205         1002.34 Charter technical career centers.—
  206         (19) EVALUATION; REPORT.—The Commissioner of Education
  207  shall provide for an annual comparative evaluation of charter
  208  technical career centers and public technical centers. The
  209  evaluation may be conducted in cooperation with the sponsor,
  210  through private contracts, or by department staff. At a minimum,
  211  the comparative evaluation must address the demographic and
  212  socioeconomic characteristics of the students served, the types
  213  and costs of services provided, and the outcomes achieved. By
  214  December 30 of each year, the Commissioner of Education shall
  215  submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker
  216  of the House of Representatives, and the Senate and House
  217  committees that have responsibility for secondary and
  218  postsecondary career and technical education a report of the
  219  comparative evaluation completed for the previous school year.
  220         Section 5. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and paragraph
  221  (d) of subsection (3) of section 1002.45, Florida Statutes, are
  222  amended to read:
  223         1002.45 Virtual instruction programs.—
  224         (1) PROGRAM.—
  225         (b)1. Each school district shall provide at least one
  226  option for part-time and full-time virtual instruction for
  227  students residing within the school district. All school
  228  districts must provide parents with timely written notification
  229  of at least one open enrollment period for full-time students of
  230  90 days or more which ends 30 days before the first day of the
  231  school year. A school district virtual instruction program shall
  232  consist of the following:
  233         a. Full-time and part-time virtual instruction for students
  234  enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.
  235         b. Full-time or part-time virtual instruction for students
  236  enrolled in dropout prevention and academic intervention
  237  programs under s. 1003.53, Department of Juvenile Justice
  238  education programs under s. 1003.52, core-curricula courses to
  239  meet class size requirements under s. 1003.03, or Florida
  240  College System institutions under this section.
  241         2. Each virtual instruction program established under
  242  paragraph (c) by a school district either directly or through a
  243  contract with an approved virtual instruction program provider
  244  shall operate under its own Master School Identification Number
  245  as prescribed by the department.
  247  instruction program under this section must:
  248         (d) Provide each full-time student enrolled in the virtual
  249  instruction program who qualifies for free or reduced-price
  250  school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, or who is on
  251  the direct certification list, and who does not have a computer
  252  or Internet access in his or her home with:
  253         1. All equipment necessary for participants in the virtual
  254  instruction program, including, but not limited to, a computer,
  255  computer monitor, and printer, if a printer is necessary to
  256  participate in the virtual instruction program; and
  257         2. Access to or reimbursement for all Internet services
  258  necessary for online delivery of instruction.
  260  This paragraph does not prohibit a school district virtual
  261  instruction program from providing such equipment to any student
  262  enrolled in a virtual instruction program.
  263         Section 6. Paragraph (b) of subsection (6) of section
  264  1002.53, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  265         1002.53 Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program;
  266  eligibility and enrollment.—
  267         (6)
  268         (b) A parent may enroll his or her child with any public
  269  school within the school district which is eligible to deliver
  270  the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program under this part,
  271  subject to available space. Each school district may limit the
  272  number of students admitted by any public school for enrollment
  273  in the school-year program; however, the school district must
  274  provide for the admission of every eligible child within the
  275  district whose parent enrolls the child in a summer
  276  prekindergarten program delivered by a public school under s.
  277  1002.61.
  278         Section 7. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and paragraph
  279  (a) of subsection (10) of section 1002.61, Florida Statutes, are
  280  amended, and subsection (11) is added to that section, to read:
  281         1002.61 Summer prekindergarten program delivered by public
  282  schools and private prekindergarten providers.—
  283         (1)(a) Each school district may shall administer the
  284  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program at the district
  285  level for students enrolled under s. 1002.53(3)(b) in a summer
  286  prekindergarten program delivered by a public school.
  287         (10)(a) Each early learning coalition shall verify that
  288  each private prekindergarten provider and public school
  289  delivering the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
  290  within the coalition’s county or multicounty region complies
  291  with this part.
  292         (11)A student who did not attend the school year Voluntary
  293  Prekindergarten Education Program and lacks access to summer
  294  prekindergarten in the county in which he or she resides is
  295  eligible to enroll in the summer reading camp provided by the
  296  district school board under s. 1008.25.
  297         Section 8. Subsection (9) of section 1002.63, Florida
  298  Statutes, is amended to read:
  299         1002.63 School-year prekindergarten program delivered by
  300  public schools.—
  301         (9)(a) Each early learning coalition shall verify that each
  302  public school delivering the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
  303  Program within the coalition’s service area complies with this
  304  part.
  305         (b) If a public school fails or refuses to comply with this
  306  part or engages in misconduct, the department must shall require
  307  that the school district to remove the school from eligibility
  308  to deliver the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program and
  309  receive state funds under this part for a period of at least 2
  310  years but no more than 5 years.
  311         Section 9. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3), paragraph (b)
  312  of subsection (6), and subsection (7) of section 1002.71,
  313  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  314         1002.71 Funding; financial and attendance reporting.—
  315         (3)
  316         (d) For programs offered by school districts pursuant to s.
  317  1002.61, each district’s funding shall be based on a student
  318  enrollment that is evenly divisible by 12. If the result of
  319  dividing a district’s student enrollment by 12 is not a whole
  320  number, the district’s enrollment calculation shall be adjusted
  321  by adding the minimum number of students to produce a student
  322  enrollment calculation that is evenly divisible by 12.
  323         (6)
  324         (b)1. Each private prekindergarten provider’s and district
  325  school board’s attendance policy must require the parent of each
  326  student in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program to
  327  verify, each month, the student’s attendance on the prior
  328  month’s certified student attendance.
  329         2. The parent must submit the verification of the student’s
  330  attendance to the private prekindergarten provider or public
  331  school on forms prescribed by the department. The forms must
  332  include, in addition to the verification of the student’s
  333  attendance, a certification, in substantially the following
  334  form, that the parent continues to choose the private
  335  prekindergarten provider or public school in accordance with s.
  336  1002.53 and directs that payments for the program be made to the
  337  provider or school:
  339                VERIFICATION OF STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE               
  340                AND CERTIFICATION OF PARENTAL CHOICE               
  342  I, ...(Name of Parent)..., swear (or affirm) that my child,
  343  ...(Name of Student)..., attended the Voluntary Prekindergarten
  344  Education Program on the days listed above and certify that I
  345  continue to choose ...(Name of Provider or School)... to deliver
  346  the program for my child and direct that program funds be paid
  347  to the provider or school for my child.
  348  ...(Signature of Parent)...
  349  ...(Date)...
  351         3. The private prekindergarten provider or public school
  352  must keep each original signed form for at least 2 years. Each
  353  private prekindergarten provider must permit the early learning
  354  coalition, and each public school must permit the school
  355  district, to inspect the original signed forms during normal
  356  business hours. The department shall adopt procedures for early
  357  learning coalitions and school districts to review the original
  358  signed forms against the certified student attendance. The
  359  review procedures must shall provide for the use of selective
  360  inspection techniques, including, but not limited to, random
  361  sampling. Each early learning coalition and the school districts
  362  must comply with the review procedures.
  363         (7) The department shall require that administrative
  364  expenditures be kept to the minimum necessary for efficient and
  365  effective administration of the Voluntary Prekindergarten
  366  Education Program. Administrative policies and procedures must
  367  shall be revised, to the maximum extent practicable, be revised
  368  to incorporate the use of automation and electronic submission
  369  of forms, including those required for child eligibility and
  370  enrollment, provider and class registration, and monthly
  371  certification of attendance for payment. A school district may
  372  use its automated daily attendance reporting system for the
  373  purpose of maintaining and transmitting attendance records to
  374  the early learning coalition in a mutually agreed-upon format.
  375  Each school district shall certify the correctness of attendance
  376  data submitted to the single point of entry system described in
  377  paragraph (5)(a) as required by the department. In addition,
  378  actions must shall be taken to reduce paperwork, eliminate the
  379  duplication of reports, and eliminate other duplicative
  380  activities. Each early learning coalition may retain and expend
  381  no more than 4.0 percent of the funds paid by the coalition to
  382  private prekindergarten providers and public schools under
  383  paragraph (5)(b). Funds retained by an early learning coalition
  384  under this subsection may be used only for administering the
  385  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program and may not be used
  386  for the school readiness program or other programs.
  387         Section 10. Effective upon becoming a law, paragraphs (a)
  388  and (b) of subsection (3), paragraph (c) of subsection (5), and
  389  subsection (6) of section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, are
  390  amended to read:
  391         1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.—
  394         (a) Four credits in English Language Arts (ELA).—The four
  395  credits must be in ELA I, II, III, and IV. A student must pass
  396  the statewide, standardized grade 10 ELA assessment, or earn a
  397  concordant score, in order to earn a standard high school
  398  diploma. A student’s performance on the statewide, standardized
  399  grade 10 ELA assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s
  400  final course grade.
  401         (b) Four credits in mathematics.—
  402         1. A student must earn one credit in Algebra I and one
  403  credit in Geometry. A student’s performance on the statewide,
  404  standardized Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) assessment
  405  constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. A
  406  student must pass the statewide, standardized Algebra I EOC
  407  assessment, or earn a comparative score, in order to earn a
  408  standard high school diploma. A student’s performance on the
  409  statewide, standardized Geometry EOC assessment constitutes 30
  410  percent of the student’s final course grade.
  411         2. A student who earns an industry certification for which
  412  there is a statewide college credit articulation agreement
  413  approved by the State Board of Education may substitute the
  414  certification for one mathematics credit. Substitution may occur
  415  for up to two mathematics credits, except for Algebra I and
  416  Geometry. A student may earn two mathematics credits by
  417  successfully completing Algebra I through two full-year courses.
  418  A certified school counselor or the principal’s designee shall
  419  must advise the student that admission to a state university may
  420  require the student to earn 3 additional mathematics credits
  421  that are at least as rigorous as Algebra I.
  422         3. A student who earns a computer science credit may
  423  substitute the credit for up to one credit of the mathematics
  424  requirement, with the exception of Algebra I and Geometry, if
  425  the commissioner identifies the computer science credit as being
  426  equivalent in rigor to the mathematics credit. An identified
  427  computer science credit may not be used to substitute for both a
  428  mathematics and a science credit. A student who earns an
  429  industry certification in 3D rapid prototype printing may
  430  satisfy up to two credits of the mathematics requirement, with
  431  the exception of Algebra I, if the commissioner identifies the
  432  certification as being equivalent in rigor to the mathematics
  433  credit or credits.
  435         (c) A student who earns the required 24 credits, or the
  436  required 18 credits under s. 1002.3105(5), but fails to pass the
  437  assessments required under s. 1008.22(3) or achieve a 2.0 GPA
  438  shall be awarded a certificate of completion in a form
  439  prescribed by the State Board of Education. However, a student
  440  who is otherwise entitled to a certificate of completion may
  441  elect to remain in high school either as a full-time student or
  442  a part-time student for up to 1 additional year and receive
  443  special instruction designed to remedy his or her identified
  444  deficiencies.
  445         (6) UNIFORM TRANSFER OF HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS.—Beginning with
  446  the 2012-2013 school year, if a student transfers to a Florida
  447  public high school from out of country, out of state, a private
  448  school, or a home education program and the student’s transcript
  449  shows a credit in Algebra I, the student must pass the
  450  statewide, standardized Algebra I EOC assessment in order to
  451  earn a standard high school diploma unless the student earned a
  452  comparative score, passed a statewide assessment in Algebra I
  453  administered by the transferring entity, or passed the statewide
  454  mathematics assessment the transferring entity uses to satisfy
  455  the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,
  456  as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 20 U.S.C.
  457  ss. 6301 et seq. If a student’s transcript shows a credit in
  458  high school reading or English Language Arts II or III, in order
  459  to earn a standard high school diploma, the student must take
  460  and pass the statewide, standardized grade 10 ELA assessment, or
  461  earn a concordant score. If a transfer student’s transcript
  462  shows a final course grade and course credit in Algebra I,
  463  Geometry, Biology I, or United States History, or the equivalent
  464  of a grade 10 ELA course, the transferring course final grade
  465  and credit must shall be honored without the student taking the
  466  requisite statewide, standardized EOC assessment and without the
  467  assessment results constituting 30 percent of the student’s
  468  final course grade.
  469         Section 11. Effective upon becoming a law, section
  470  1003.433, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  471         1003.433 Learning opportunities for out-of-state and out
  472  of-country transfer students and students needing additional
  473  instruction to meet high school graduation requirements.—
  474         (1) Students who enter a Florida public school at the 11th
  475  or 12th grade from out of state or out of country may shall not
  476  be required to spend additional time in a Florida public school
  477  in order to meet the high school course requirements if the
  478  student has met all requirements of the school district, state,
  479  or country from which he or she is transferring. Such students
  480  who are not proficient in English should receive immediate and
  481  intensive instruction in English language acquisition. However,
  482  to receive a standard high school diploma, a transfer student
  483  must earn a 2.0 grade point average and meet the requirements
  484  under s. 1008.22.
  485         (2) Students who earn the required 24 credits for the
  486  standard high school diploma except for passage of any must-pass
  487  assessment under s. 1003.4282 or s. 1008.22 or an alternate
  488  assessment by the end of grade 12 must be provided the following
  489  learning opportunities:
  490         (a) Participation in an accelerated high school equivalency
  491  diploma preparation program during the summer.
  492         (b) Upon receipt of a certificate of completion, be allowed
  493  to take the College Placement Test and be admitted to
  494  developmental education or credit courses at a Florida College
  495  System institution, as appropriate.
  496         (c) Participation in an adult general education program as
  497  provided in s. 1004.93 for such time as the student requires to
  498  master English, reading, mathematics, or any other subject
  499  required for high school graduation. A student attending an
  500  adult general education program shall have the opportunity to
  501  take any must-pass assessment under s. 1003.4282 or s. 1008.22
  502  an unlimited number of times in order to receive a standard high
  503  school diploma.
  504         (3) Students who have been enrolled in an ESOL program for
  505  less than 2 school years and have met all requirements for the
  506  standard high school diploma except for passage of any must-pass
  507  assessment under s. 1003.4282 or s. 1008.22 or alternate
  508  assessment may:
  509         (a) Receive immersion English language instruction during
  510  the summer following their senior year. Students receiving such
  511  instruction are eligible to take the required assessment or
  512  alternate assessment and receive a standard high school diploma
  513  upon passage of the required assessment or alternate assessment.
  514  This paragraph shall be implemented to the extent funding is
  515  provided in the General Appropriations Act.
  516         (b) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, meet the
  517  requirement to pass the statewide, standardized grade 10 English
  518  Language Arts assessment by satisfactorily demonstrating grade
  519  level expectations on formative assessments, in accordance with
  520  state board rule.
  521         Section 12. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
  522  1003.435, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  523         1003.435 High school equivalency diploma program.—
  524         (4)(a) A candidate for a high school equivalency diploma
  525  must shall be at least 18 years of age on the date of the
  526  examination, except that in extraordinary circumstances, as
  527  provided for in rules of the district school board of the
  528  district in which the candidate resides or attends school, a
  529  candidate may take the examination after reaching the age of 16
  530  with the written permission of his or her parent or guardian.
  531  School districts shall adopt a policy to allow for such written
  532  permission by a parent or guardian.
  533         Section 13. Subsection (3) of section 1003.4935, Florida
  534  Statutes, is amended to read:
  535         1003.4935 Middle grades career and professional academy
  536  courses and career-themed courses.—
  537         (3) Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, if a school
  538  district implements a middle school career and professional
  539  academy or a career-themed course, the Department of Education
  540  shall collect and report student achievement data pursuant to
  541  performance factors identified under s. 1003.492(3) for students
  542  enrolled in an academy or a career-themed course.
  543         Section 14. Section 1003.4995, Florida Statutes, is
  544  repealed.
  545         Section 15. Section 1003.4996, Florida Statutes, is
  546  repealed.
  547         Section 16. Subsection (2) of section 1003.49965, Florida
  548  Statutes, is amended to read:
  549         1003.49965 Art in the Capitol Competition.—
  550         (2) A Each school district may shall annually hold an Art
  551  in the Capitol Competition for all public, private, and home
  552  education students in grades 6 through 8. Submissions must shall
  553  be judged by a selection committee consisting of art teachers
  554  whose students have not submitted artwork for consideration.
  555         Section 17. Paragraphs (g) and (r) of subsection (2) of
  556  section 1003.51, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  557         1003.51 Other public educational services.—
  558         (2) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  559  articulating expectations for effective education programs for
  560  students in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, including,
  561  but not limited to, education programs in juvenile justice
  562  prevention, day treatment, residential, and detention programs.
  563  The rule shall establish policies and standards for education
  564  programs for students in Department of Juvenile Justice programs
  565  and shall include the following:
  566         (g) Assessment procedures, which:
  567         1. For prevention, day treatment, and residential programs,
  568  include appropriate academic and career assessments administered
  569  at program entry and exit that are selected by the Department of
  570  Education in partnership with representatives from the
  571  Department of Juvenile Justice, district school boards, and
  572  education providers. Assessments must be completed within the
  573  first 10 school days after a student’s entry into the program.
  574         2. provide for determination of the areas of academic need
  575  and strategies for appropriate intervention and instruction for
  576  each student in a detention facility within 5 school days after
  577  the student’s entry into the program and administer a research
  578  based assessment that will assist the student in determining his
  579  or her educational and career options and goals within 22 school
  580  days after the student’s entry into the program.
  582  The results of the these assessments required under this
  583  paragraph and under s. 1003.52(3)(d), together with a portfolio
  584  depicting the student’s academic and career accomplishments,
  585  must shall be included in the discharge packet assembled for
  586  each student.
  587         (r) A series of graduated sanctions for district school
  588  boards whose educational programs in Department of Juvenile
  589  Justice programs are considered to be unsatisfactory and for
  590  instances in which district school boards fail to meet standards
  591  prescribed by law, rule, or State Board of Education policy.
  592  These sanctions must shall include the option of requiring a
  593  district school board to contract with a provider or another
  594  district school board if the educational program at the
  595  Department of Juvenile Justice program is performing below
  596  minimum standards and, after 6 months, is still performing below
  597  minimum standards.
  598         Section 18. Subsection (4) of section 1003.621, Florida
  599  Statutes, is amended to read:
  600         1003.621 Academically high-performing school districts.—It
  601  is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and reward school
  602  districts that demonstrate the ability to consistently maintain
  603  or improve their high-performing status. The purpose of this
  604  section is to provide high-performing school districts with
  605  flexibility in meeting the specific requirements in statute and
  606  rules of the State Board of Education.
  607         (4) REPORTS.—The academically high-performing school
  608  district shall submit to the State Board of Education and the
  609  Legislature an annual report on December 1 which delineates the
  610  performance of the school district relative to the academic
  611  performance of students at each grade level in reading, writing,
  612  mathematics, science, and any other subject that is included as
  613  a part of the statewide assessment program in s. 1008.22. The
  614  annual report shall be submitted in a format prescribed by the
  615  Department of Education and shall include:
  616         (a) Longitudinal performance of students on statewide,
  617  standardized assessments taken under s. 1008.22;
  618         (b) Longitudinal performance of students by grade level and
  619  subgroup on statewide, standardized assessments taken under s.
  620  1008.22;
  621         (c) Longitudinal performance regarding efforts to close the
  622  achievement gap;
  623         (d)1. Number and percentage of students who take an
  624  Advanced Placement Examination; and
  625         2. Longitudinal performance regarding students who take an
  626  Advanced Placement Examination by demographic group,
  627  specifically by age, gender, race, and Hispanic origin, and by
  628  participation in the National School Lunch Program;
  629         (e) Evidence of compliance with subsection (1); and
  630         (f) A description of each waiver and the status of each
  631  waiver.
  632         Section 19. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1), paragraph (b)
  633  of subsection (3), and paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of
  634  section 1006.28, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  635         1006.28 Duties of district school board, district school
  636  superintendent; and school principal regarding K-12
  637  instructional materials.—
  638         (1) DEFINITIONS.—
  639         (a) As used in this section, the term:
  640         1. “Adequate instructional materials” means a sufficient
  641  number of student or site licenses or sets of materials that are
  642  available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may
  643  consist of hardbacked or softbacked textbooks, electronic
  644  content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives,
  645  electronic media, and computer courseware or software that serve
  646  as the basis for instruction for each student in the core
  647  subject areas of mathematics, language arts, social studies,
  648  science, reading, and literature.
  649         2. “Instructional materials” has the same meaning as in s.
  650  1006.29(2).
  651         3. “Library media center” means any collection of books,
  652  ebooks, periodicals, or videos maintained and accessible on the
  653  site of a school, including in classrooms.
  655         (b) Each district school superintendent shall annually
  656  notify the department by April 1 of each year the state-adopted
  657  instructional materials that will be requisitioned for use in
  658  his or her school district. The notification shall include a
  659  district school board plan for instructional materials use to
  660  assist in determining if adequate instructional materials have
  661  been requisitioned.
  662         (4) SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.—The school principal has the
  663  following duties for the management and care of materials at the
  664  school:
  665         (b) Money collected for lost or damaged instructional
  666  materials; enforcement.—The school principal may shall collect
  667  from each student or the student’s parent the purchase price of
  668  any instructional material the student has lost, destroyed, or
  669  unnecessarily damaged and to report and transmit the money
  670  collected to the district school superintendent. The failure to
  671  collect such sum upon reasonable effort by the school principal
  672  may result in the suspension of the student from participation
  673  in extracurricular activities or satisfaction of the debt by the
  674  student through community service activities at the school site
  675  as determined by the school principal, pursuant to policies
  676  adopted by district school board rule.
  677         Section 20. Subsection (1) of section 1006.283, Florida
  678  Statutes, is amended to read:
  679         1006.283 District school board instructional materials
  680  review process.—
  681         (1) A district school board or consortium of school
  682  districts may implement an instructional materials program that
  683  includes the review, recommendation, adoption, and purchase of
  684  instructional materials. The district school superintendent
  685  shall annually certify to the department by March 31 of each
  686  year that all instructional materials for core courses used by
  687  the district are aligned with applicable state standards. A list
  688  of the core instructional materials that will be used or
  689  purchased for use by the school district shall be included in
  690  the certification.
  691         Section 21. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
  692  1006.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  693         1006.33 Bids or proposals; advertisement and its contents.—
  694         (1)(a)1. Beginning on or before May 15 of any year in which
  695  an instructional materials adoption is to be initiated, the
  696  department shall advertise in the Florida Administrative
  697  Register 4 weeks preceding the date on which the bids shall be
  698  received, that at a certain designated time, not later than June
  699  15, sealed bids or proposals to be deposited with the department
  700  will be received from publishers or manufacturers for the
  701  furnishing of instructional materials proposed to be adopted as
  702  listed in the advertisement beginning April 1 following the
  703  adoption.
  704         2.Beginning with the 2026 instructional materials adoption
  705  cycle, on or before October 15 of any year and 2 years before
  706  any instructional materials adoption period, the department
  707  shall advertise in the Florida Administrative Register 4 weeks
  708  preceding the date on which the bids must be received that at a
  709  certain designated time not later than November 15, sealed bids
  710  or proposals to be deposited with the department will be
  711  received from publishers or manufacturers for the furnishing of
  712  instructional materials proposed to be adopted as listed in the
  713  advertisement beginning April 1 following the adoption. The
  714  department shall publish its specifications for each subject for
  715  which instructional materials are to be adopted a minimum of 180
  716  days before the date on which it will place such advertisement.
  717         Section 22. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  718  1006.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  719         1006.34 Powers and duties of the commissioner and the
  720  department in selecting and adopting instructional materials.—
  722         (a) The department shall notify all publishers and
  723  manufacturers of instructional materials who have submitted bids
  724  that within 3 weeks after the deadline for receiving bids, at a
  725  designated time and place, it will open the bids submitted and
  726  deposited with it. At the time and place designated, the bids
  727  must shall be opened, read, and tabulated in the presence of the
  728  bidders or their representatives. No one may revise his or her
  729  bid after the bids have been filed. When all bids have been
  730  carefully considered, the commissioner shall, from the list of
  731  suitable, usable, and desirable instructional materials reported
  732  by the state instructional materials reviewers, select and adopt
  733  instructional materials for each grade and subject field in the
  734  curriculum of public elementary, middle, and high schools in
  735  which adoptions are made and in the subject areas designated in
  736  the advertisement. Beginning with the 2026 instructional
  737  materials adoption cycle, the commissioner shall publish the
  738  list of adopted instructional materials not later than July 31
  739  of the year preceding the beginning of the adoption period. The
  740  adoption must shall continue for the period specified in the
  741  advertisement, beginning on the ensuing April 1. The adoption
  742  may shall not prevent the extension of a contract as provided in
  743  subsection (3). The commissioner shall always reserve the right
  744  to reject any and all bids. The commissioner may ask for new
  745  sealed bids from publishers or manufacturers whose instructional
  746  materials were recommended by the state instructional materials
  747  reviewers as suitable, usable, and desirable; specify the dates
  748  for filing such bids and the date on which they must shall be
  749  opened; and proceed in all matters regarding the opening of bids
  750  and the awarding of contracts as required by this part. In all
  751  cases, bids must shall be accompanied by a cash deposit or
  752  certified check of from $500 to $2,500, as the department may
  753  direct. The department shall, in adopting instructional
  754  materials, shall give due consideration both to the prices bid
  755  for furnishing instructional materials and to the report and
  756  recommendations of the state instructional materials reviewers.
  757  When the commissioner has finished with the report of the state
  758  instructional materials reviewers, the report must shall be
  759  filed and preserved with the department and must shall be
  760  available at all times for public inspection.
  761         Section 23. Subsection (2) of section 1006.40, Florida
  762  Statutes, is amended to read:
  763         1006.40 Purchase of instructional materials.—
  764         (2) Each district school board must purchase current
  765  instructional materials to provide students each student in
  766  kindergarten through grade 12 with a major tool of instruction
  767  in core courses of the subject areas of mathematics, language
  768  arts, science, social studies, reading, and literature. If
  769  deemed appropriate by the district school board, it may approve
  770  an exemption to such purchase for certain courses. Such purchase
  771  must be made within the first 5 3 years after the effective date
  772  of the adoption cycle unless a district school board or a
  773  consortium of school districts has implemented an instructional
  774  materials program pursuant to s. 1006.283.
  775         Section 24. Subsection (2) of section 1008.212, Florida
  776  Statutes, is amended to read:
  777         1008.212 Students with disabilities; extraordinary
  778  exemption.—
  779         (2) A student with a disability for whom the individual
  780  education plan (IEP) team determines is prevented by a
  781  circumstance or condition from physically demonstrating the
  782  mastery of skills that have been acquired and are measured by
  783  the statewide standardized assessment, a statewide standardized
  784  end-of-course assessment, or an alternate assessment pursuant to
  785  s. 1008.22(3)(d) shall be granted an extraordinary exemption
  786  from the administration of the assessment. A learning,
  787  emotional, behavioral, or significant cognitive disability, or
  788  the receipt of services through the homebound or hospitalized
  789  program in accordance with rule 6A-6.03020, Florida
  790  Administrative Code, is not, in and of itself, an adequate
  791  criterion for the granting of an extraordinary exemption. The
  792  first two administrations of the coordinated screening and
  793  progress monitoring system under s. 1008.25(9) or any alternate
  794  assessments used in lieu of such administrations are not subject
  795  to the requirements of this section.
  796         Section 25. Paragraphs (a) and (d) of subsection (3),
  797  paragraphs (b), (d), (e), (h) of subsection (7), and subsections
  798  (9) and (10) of section 1008.22, Florida Statutes, are amended
  799  to read:
  800         1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.—
  802  Commissioner of Education shall design and implement a
  803  statewide, standardized assessment program aligned to the core
  804  curricular content established in the state academic standards.
  805  The commissioner also must develop or select and implement a
  806  common battery of assessment tools that will be used in all
  807  juvenile justice education programs in the state. These tools
  808  must accurately measure the core curricular content established
  809  in the state academic standards. Participation in the assessment
  810  program is mandatory for all school districts and all students
  811  attending public schools, including adult students seeking a
  812  standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282 and students in
  813  Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as
  814  otherwise provided by law. If a student does not participate in
  815  the assessment program, the school district must notify the
  816  student’s parent and provide the parent with information
  817  regarding the implications of such nonparticipation. The
  818  statewide, standardized assessment program shall be designed and
  819  implemented as follows:
  820         (a) Statewide, standardized comprehensive assessments.—
  821         1. The statewide, standardized English Language Arts (ELA)
  822  assessments shall be administered to students in grades 3
  823  through 10. Retake opportunities for the grade 10 ELA assessment
  824  must be provided. Reading passages and writing prompts for ELA
  825  assessments shall incorporate grade-level core curricula content
  826  from social studies. The statewide, standardized Mathematics
  827  assessments shall be administered annually in grades 3 through
  828  8. The statewide, standardized Science assessment shall be
  829  administered annually at least once at the elementary and middle
  830  grades levels. In order to earn a standard high school diploma,
  831  a student who has not earned a passing score on the grade 10 ELA
  832  assessment must earn a passing score on the assessment retake or
  833  earn a concordant score as authorized under subsection (9).
  834         2. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the end-of
  835  year comprehensive progress monitoring assessment administered
  836  pursuant to s. 1008.25(9)(b)2. is the statewide, standardized
  837  ELA assessment for students in grades 3 through 10 and the
  838  statewide, standardized Mathematics assessment for students in
  839  grades 3 through 8.
  840         (d) Students with disabilities; Florida Alternate
  841  Assessment.—
  842         1. Each district school board must provide instruction to
  843  prepare students with disabilities in the core content knowledge
  844  and skills necessary for successful grade-to-grade progression
  845  and high school graduation.
  846         2. A student with a disability, as defined in s. 1007.02,
  847  for whom the individual education plan (IEP) team determines
  848  that the statewide, standardized assessments under this section
  849  cannot accurately measure the student’s abilities, taking into
  850  consideration all allowable accommodations, shall have
  851  assessment results waived for the purpose of receiving a course
  852  grade and a standard high school diploma. Such waiver shall be
  853  designated on the student’s transcript. The statement of waiver
  854  shall be limited to a statement that performance on an
  855  assessment was waived for the purpose of receiving a course
  856  grade or a standard high school diploma, as applicable.
  857         3. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules, based
  858  upon recommendations of the commissioner, for the provision of
  859  assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and for
  860  students who have limited English proficiency.
  861         a. Accommodations that negate the validity of a statewide,
  862  standardized assessment are not allowed during the
  863  administration of the assessment. However, instructional
  864  accommodations are allowed in the classroom if identified in a
  865  student’s IEP. Students using instructional accommodations in
  866  the classroom that are not allowed on a statewide, standardized
  867  assessment may have assessment results waived if the IEP team
  868  determines that the assessment cannot accurately measure the
  869  student’s abilities.
  870         b. If a student is provided with instructional
  871  accommodations in the classroom that are not allowed as
  872  accommodations for statewide, standardized assessments, the
  873  district must inform the parent in writing and provide the
  874  parent with information regarding the impact on the student’s
  875  ability to meet expected performance levels. A parent must
  876  provide signed consent for a student to receive classroom
  877  instructional accommodations that would not be available or
  878  permitted on a statewide, standardized assessment and
  879  acknowledge in writing that he or she understands the
  880  implications of such instructional accommodations.
  881         c. If a student’s IEP states that online administration of
  882  a statewide, standardized assessment will significantly impair
  883  the student’s ability to perform, the assessment must shall be
  884  administered in hard copy.
  885         4. For students with significant cognitive disabilities,
  886  the Department of Education shall provide for implementation of
  887  the Florida Alternate Assessment to accurately measure the core
  888  curricular content established in the state academic standards.
  890         (b) By January of each year, the commissioner shall publish
  891  on the department’s website a uniform calendar that includes the
  892  assessment and reporting schedules for, at a minimum, the next 2
  893  school years. The uniform calendar must be provided to school
  894  districts in an electronic format that allows each school
  895  district and public school to populate the calendar with, at
  896  minimum, the following information for reporting the district
  897  assessment schedules under paragraph (d):
  898         1. Whether the assessment is a district-required assessment
  899  or a state-required assessment.
  900         2. The specific date or dates that each assessment will be
  901  administered, including administrations of the coordinated
  902  screening and progress monitoring system under s. 1008.25(9)(b).
  903         3. The time allotted to administer each assessment.
  904         4. Whether the assessment is a computer-based assessment or
  905  a paper-based assessment.
  906         5. The grade level or subject area associated with the
  907  assessment.
  908         6. The date that the assessment results are expected to be
  909  available to teachers and parents.
  910         7. The type of assessment, the purpose of the assessment,
  911  and the use of the assessment results.
  912         8. A glossary of assessment terminology.
  913         9. Estimates of average time for administering state
  914  required and district-required assessments, by grade level.
  915         (d) Each school district shall, by November 1 of each year,
  916  establish schedules for the administration of any statewide,
  917  standardized assessments and district-required assessments and
  918  approve the schedules as an agenda item at a district school
  919  board meeting. Each school district shall publish the testing
  920  schedules on its website which specify whether an assessment is
  921  a state-required or district-required assessment and the grade
  922  bands or subject area associated with the assessments using the
  923  uniform calendar, including all information required under
  924  paragraph (b), and submit the schedules to the Department of
  925  Education by October 1 of each year. Each public school shall
  926  publish schedules for statewide, standardized assessments and
  927  district-required assessments on its website using the uniform
  928  calendar, including all information required under paragraph
  929  (b). The school board-approved assessment uniform calendar must
  930  be included in the parent guide required by s. 1002.23(5).
  931         (e) A school district may not schedule more than 5 percent
  932  of a student’s total school hours in a school year to administer
  933  statewide, standardized assessments; the coordinated screening
  934  and progress monitoring system under s. 1008.25(9)(b)2.; and
  935  district-required local assessments. The district shall must
  936  secure written consent from a student’s parent before
  937  administering district-required local assessments that, after
  938  applicable statewide, standardized assessments and coordinated
  939  screening and progress monitoring are scheduled, exceed the 5
  940  percent test administration limit for that student under this
  941  paragraph. The 5 percent test administration limit for a student
  942  under this paragraph may be exceeded as needed to provide test
  943  accommodations that are required by an IEP or are appropriate
  944  for an English language learner who is currently receiving
  945  services in a program operated in accordance with an approved
  946  English language learner district plan pursuant to s. 1003.56.
  947  Notwithstanding this paragraph, a student may choose within a
  948  school year to take an examination or assessment adopted by
  949  State Board of Education rule pursuant to this section and ss.
  950  1007.27, 1008.30, and 1008.44.
  951         (h) The results of statewide, standardized assessment in
  952  ELA and mathematics, science, and social studies, including
  953  assessment retakes, must shall be reported in an easy-to-read
  954  and understandable format and delivered in time to provide
  955  useful, actionable information to students, parents, and each
  956  student’s current teacher of record and teacher of record for
  957  the subsequent school year; however, in any case, the district
  958  shall provide the results pursuant to this paragraph within 1
  959  week after receiving the results from the department. A report
  960  of student assessment results must, at a minimum, contain:
  961         1. A clear explanation of the student’s performance on the
  962  applicable statewide, standardized assessments.
  963         2. Information identifying the student’s areas of strength
  964  and areas in need of improvement.
  965         3. Specific actions that may be taken, and the available
  966  resources that may be used, by the student’s parent to assist
  967  his or her child based on the student’s areas of strength and
  968  areas in need of improvement.
  969         4. Longitudinal information, if available, on the student’s
  970  progress in each subject area based on previous statewide,
  971  standardized assessment data.
  972         5. Comparative information showing the student’s score
  973  compared to other students in the school district, in the state,
  974  or, if available, in other states.
  975         6. Predictive information, if available, showing the
  976  linkage between the scores attained by the student on the
  977  statewide, standardized assessments and the scores he or she may
  978  potentially attain on nationally recognized college entrance
  979  examinations.
  981  The information included under this paragraph relating to
  982  results from the statewide, standardized ELA assessments for
  983  grades 3 through 10 and Mathematics assessments for grades 3
  984  through 8 must be included in individual student reports under
  985  s. 1008.25(9)(c).
  986         (9) CONCORDANT SCORES.—The Commissioner of Education must
  987  identify scores on the SAT and ACT that if achieved satisfy the
  988  graduation requirement that a student pass the grade 10 ELA
  989  assessment. The commissioner may identify concordant scores on
  990  assessments other than the SAT and ACT. If the content or
  991  scoring procedures change for the grade 10 ELA assessment, new
  992  concordant scores must be determined. If new concordant scores
  993  are not timely adopted, the last-adopted concordant scores
  994  remain in effect until such time as new scores are adopted. The
  995  state board shall adopt concordant scores in rule.
  997  ASSESSMENT.—The Commissioner of Education must identify one or
  998  more comparative scores for the Algebra I EOC assessment. If the
  999  content or scoring procedures change for the EOC assessment, new
 1000  comparative scores must be determined. If new comparative scores
 1001  are not timely adopted, the last-adopted comparative scores
 1002  remain in effect until such time as new scores are adopted. The
 1003  state board shall adopt comparative scores in rule.
 1004         Section 26. Effective upon becoming a law, paragraph (c) of
 1005  subsection (5), paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsections (7), and
 1006  subsection (9) of section 1008.25, Florida Statutes, are amended
 1007  to read:
 1008         1008.25 Public school student progression; student support;
 1009  coordinated screening and progress monitoring; reporting
 1010  requirements.—
 1012         (c) To be promoted to grade 4, a student must score a Level
 1013  2 or higher on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts
 1014  assessment required under s. 1008.22 for grade 3. If a student’s
 1015  reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of grade 3, as
 1016  demonstrated by scoring Level 2 or higher on the statewide,
 1017  standardized assessment required under s. 1008.22 for grade 3,
 1018  the student must be retained unless the parent determines
 1019  retention is not in the best interest of the student and
 1020  approves a good cause exemption pursuant to paragraph (7)(b).
 1022         (b) The district school board may only exempt students from
 1023  mandatory retention, as provided in paragraph (5)(c), for good
 1024  cause. A student who is promoted to grade 4 with a good cause
 1025  exemption shall be provided intensive reading instruction and
 1026  intervention that include specialized diagnostic information and
 1027  specific reading strategies to meet the needs of each student so
 1028  promoted. The school district shall assist schools and teachers
 1029  with the implementation of explicit, systematic, and
 1030  multisensory reading instruction and intervention strategies for
 1031  students promoted with a good cause exemption which research has
 1032  shown to be successful in improving reading among students who
 1033  have reading difficulties. Good cause exemptions are limited to
 1034  the following:
 1035         1. Limited English proficient students who have had less
 1036  than 2 years of instruction in an English for Speakers of Other
 1037  Languages program based on the initial date of entry into a
 1038  school in the United States.
 1039         2. Students with disabilities whose individual education
 1040  plan indicates that participation in the statewide assessment
 1041  program is not appropriate, consistent with the requirements of
 1042  s. 1008.212.
 1043         3. Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of
 1044  performance on an alternative standardized reading or English
 1045  Language Arts assessment approved by the State Board of
 1046  Education.
 1047         4. A student who demonstrates through a student portfolio
 1048  that he or she is performing at least at Level 2 on the
 1049  statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment.
 1050         5. Students with disabilities who take the statewide,
 1051  standardized English Language Arts assessment and who have an
 1052  individual education plan or a Section 504 plan that reflects
 1053  that the student has received intensive instruction in reading
 1054  or English Language Arts for more than 2 years but still
 1055  demonstrates a deficiency and was previously retained in
 1056  prekindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3.
 1057         6. Students who have received intensive reading
 1058  intervention for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a
 1059  deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in
 1060  kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 for a total of 2
 1061  years. A student may not be retained more than once in grade 3.
 1062         7. A student must be promoted to grade 4 if the parent
 1063  determines promotion is in the best interest of the student. The
 1064  parent and the school must develop a student intervention plan.
 1065  The intervention plan must be approved by the parent and may
 1066  include, but is not limited to, interventions and supports under
 1067  paragraph (5)(e) and subsection (8).
 1068         (c) Requests for good cause exemptions for students from
 1069  the mandatory retention requirement as described in
 1070  subparagraphs (b)3. and 4. shall be made consistent with the
 1071  following:
 1072         1. Documentation shall be submitted from the student’s
 1073  teacher to the school principal that indicates that the
 1074  promotion of the student is appropriate and is based upon the
 1075  student’s academic record. In order to minimize paperwork
 1076  requirements, such documentation shall consist only of the
 1077  existing progress monitoring plan, individual educational plan,
 1078  if applicable, report card, or student portfolio.
 1079         2. The school principal shall review and discuss such
 1080  recommendation with the teacher and make the determination as to
 1081  whether the student should be promoted or retained, subject to a
 1082  parent’s permission pursuant to subparagraph (b)7. If the school
 1083  principal determines that the student should be promoted, the
 1084  school principal shall make such recommendation in writing to
 1085  the district school superintendent. The district school
 1086  superintendent shall accept or reject the school principal’s
 1087  recommendation in writing.
 1089         (a) The Department of Education, in collaboration with the
 1090  Office of Early Learning, shall procure and require the use of a
 1091  statewide, standardized coordinated screening and progress
 1092  monitoring system for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
 1093  Program and public schools. The system must:
 1094         1. Measure student progress in meeting the appropriate
 1095  expectations in early literacy and mathematics skills and in
 1096  English Language Arts and mathematics standards as required by
 1097  ss. 1002.67(1)(a) and 1003.41 and identify the educational
 1098  strengths and needs of students.
 1099         2. For students in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
 1100  Program through grade 3, measure student performance in oral
 1101  language development, phonological and phonemic awareness,
 1102  knowledge of print and letters, decoding, fluency, vocabulary,
 1103  and comprehension, as applicable by grade level, and, at a
 1104  minimum, provide interval level and norm-referenced data that
 1105  measures equivalent levels of growth.
 1106         3. Be a valid, reliable, and developmentally appropriate
 1107  computer-based direct instrument that provides screening and
 1108  diagnostic capabilities for monitoring student progress;
 1109  identifies students who have a substantial deficiency in reading
 1110  or mathematics, including identifying students with
 1111  characteristics of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other learning
 1112  disorders; and informs instruction. Any student identified by
 1113  the system as having characteristics of dyslexia or dyscalculia
 1114  shall undergo further screening. Beginning with the 2023-2024
 1115  school year, the coordinated screening and progress monitoring
 1116  system must be computer-adaptive.
 1117         4. Provide data for Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
 1118  Program accountability as required under s. 1002.68.
 1119         5. Provide Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
 1120  providers, school districts, schools, teachers, and parents with
 1121  data and resources that enhance differentiated instruction and
 1122  parent communication.
 1123         6. Provide baseline data to the department of each
 1124  student’s readiness for kindergarten. The determination of
 1125  kindergarten readiness must be based on the results of each
 1126  student’s initial progress monitoring assessment in
 1127  kindergarten. The methodology for determining a student’s
 1128  readiness for kindergarten must be developed by the department
 1129  and aligned to the methodology adopted pursuant to s.
 1130  1002.68(4).
 1131         7. Assess how well educational goals and curricular
 1132  standards are met at the provider, school, district, and state
 1133  levels and provide information to the department to aid in the
 1134  development of educational programs, policies, and supports for
 1135  providers, districts, and schools.
 1136         (b) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, private
 1137  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program providers and public
 1138  schools must participate in the coordinated screening and
 1139  progress monitoring system pursuant to this paragraph.
 1140         1. For students in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
 1141  Program through grade 2, the coordinated screening and progress
 1142  monitoring system must be administered at least three times
 1143  within a program year or school year, as applicable, with the
 1144  first administration occurring no later than the first 30
 1145  instructional days after a student’s enrollment or the start of
 1146  the program year or school year, the second administration
 1147  occurring midyear, and the third administration occurring within
 1148  the last 30 days of the program or school year pursuant to state
 1149  board rule. The state board may adopt alternate timeframes to
 1150  address nontraditional school year calendars or summer programs
 1151  to ensure the coordinated screening and progress monitoring
 1152  program is administered a minimum of three times within a year
 1153  or program.
 1154         2. For students in the summer prekindergarten program, the
 1155  coordinated screening and progress monitoring system must be
 1156  administered two times, with the first administration occurring
 1157  no later than the first 10 instructional days after a student’s
 1158  enrollment or the start of the summer prekindergarten program,
 1159  and the second administration occurring within the last 10 days
 1160  of the summer prekindergarten program pursuant to state board
 1161  rule.
 1162         3. For grades 3 through 10 English Language Arts and grades
 1163  3 through 8 Mathematics, the coordinated screening and progress
 1164  monitoring system must be administered at the beginning, middle,
 1165  and end of the school year pursuant to state board rule. The
 1166  end-of-year administration of the coordinated screening and
 1167  progress monitoring system must be a comprehensive progress
 1168  monitoring assessment administered in accordance with the
 1169  scheduling requirements under s. 1008.22(7) s. 1008.22(7)(c).
 1170         (c) To facilitate timely interventions and supports
 1171  pursuant to subsection (4), the system must provide results from
 1172  the first two administrations of the progress monitoring to a
 1173  student’s teacher within 1 week and to the student’s parent
 1174  within 2 weeks of the administration of the progress monitoring.
 1175  Delivery of results from the comprehensive, end-of-year progress
 1176  monitoring ELA assessment for grades 3 through 10 and
 1177  Mathematics assessment for grades 3 through 8 must be in
 1178  accordance with s. 1008.22(7) s. 1008.22(7)(h).
 1179         1. A student’s results from the coordinated screening and
 1180  progress monitoring system must be recorded in a written, easy
 1181  to-comprehend individual student report. Each school district
 1182  shall provide a parent secure access to his or her child’s
 1183  individual student reports through a web-based portal as part of
 1184  its student information system. Each early learning coalition
 1185  shall provide parents the individual student report in a format
 1186  determined by state board rule.
 1187         2. In addition to the information under subparagraph (a)5.,
 1188  the report must also include parent resources that explain the
 1189  purpose of progress monitoring, assist the parent in
 1190  interpreting progress monitoring results, and support informed
 1191  parent involvement. Parent resources may include personalized
 1192  video formats.
 1193         3. The department shall annually update school districts
 1194  and early learning coalitions on new system features and
 1195  functionality and collaboratively identify with school districts
 1196  and early learning coalitions strategies for meaningfully
 1197  reporting to parents results from the coordinated screening and
 1198  progress monitoring system. The department shall develop ways to
 1199  increase the utilization, by instructional staff and parents, of
 1200  student assessment data and resources.
 1201         4. An individual student report must be provided in a
 1202  printed format upon a parent’s request.
 1203         (d) Screening and progress monitoring system results,
 1204  including the number of students who demonstrate characteristics
 1205  of dyslexia and dyscalculia, shall be reported to the department
 1206  pursuant to state board rule and maintained in the department’s
 1207  Education Data Warehouse. Results must be provided to a
 1208  student’s teacher and parent in a timely manner as required in
 1209  s. 1008.22(7)(g).
 1210         (e) The department, in collaboration with the Office of
 1211  Early Learning, shall provide training and support for effective
 1212  implementation of the screening and progress monitoring system.
 1213         Section 27. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) and subsection
 1214  (4) of section 1008.33, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1215         1008.33 Authority to enforce public school improvement.—
 1216         (3)
 1217         (c) The state board shall adopt by rule a differentiated
 1218  matrix of intervention and support strategies for assisting
 1219  traditional public schools identified under this section and
 1220  rules for implementing s. 1002.33(9)(n), relating to charter
 1221  schools. The intervention and support strategies must address
 1222  student performance and may include improvement planning;
 1223  leadership quality improvement; educator quality improvement;
 1224  professional development; curriculum review, pacing, and
 1225  alignment across grade levels to improve background knowledge in
 1226  social studies, science, and the arts; and the use of continuous
 1227  improvement and monitoring plans and processes. In addition, the
 1228  state board may prescribe reporting requirements to review and
 1229  monitor the progress of the schools. The rule must define the
 1230  intervention and support strategies for school improvement for
 1231  schools earning a grade of “D” or “F” and the roles for the
 1232  district and department. A school may not be required to use the
 1233  measure of student learning growth in s. 1012.34(7) as the sole
 1234  determinant to recruit instructional personnel. The rule must
 1235  create a timeline for a school district’s school improvement
 1236  plan or district-managed turnaround plan to be approved and for
 1237  the school improvement funds under Title I to be released to the
 1238  school district. The timeline established in rule for the
 1239  release of school improvement funding under Title I may not
 1240  exceed 20 calendar days after the approval of the school
 1241  improvement plan or district-managed turnaround plan.
 1242         (4)(a) The state board shall apply intensive intervention
 1243  and support strategies tailored to the needs of schools earning
 1244  two consecutive grades of “D” or a grade of “F.” In the first
 1245  full school year after a school initially earns a grade of “D,”
 1246  the school district must immediately implement intervention and
 1247  support strategies prescribed in rule under paragraph (3)(c).
 1248  For a school that initially earns a grade of “F” or a second
 1249  consecutive grade of “D,” the school district must either
 1250  continue implementing or immediately begin implementing
 1251  intervention and support strategies prescribed in rule under
 1252  paragraph (3)(c) and provide the department, by September 15 1,
 1253  with the memorandum of understanding negotiated pursuant to s.
 1254  1001.42(21) and, by October 1, a district-managed turnaround
 1255  plan for approval by the state board. The district-managed
 1256  turnaround plan may include a proposal for the district to
 1257  implement an extended school day, a summer program, a
 1258  combination of an extended school day and a summer program, or
 1259  any other option authorized under paragraph (b) for state board
 1260  approval. A school district is not required to wait until a
 1261  school earns a second consecutive grade of “D” to submit a
 1262  turnaround plan for approval by the state board under this
 1263  paragraph. Upon approval by the state board, the school district
 1264  must implement the plan for the remainder of the school year and
 1265  continue the plan for 4 1 full school years year. The state
 1266  board may allow a school an additional year of implementation
 1267  before the school must implement a turnaround option required
 1268  under paragraph (b) if the school earns a first grade of “C” or
 1269  higher after the fourth it determines that the school is likely
 1270  to improve to a grade of “C” or higher after the first full
 1271  school year of implementation.
 1272         (b) Unless an additional year of implementation is provided
 1273  pursuant to paragraph (a), A school that, during the completes a
 1274  plan cycle under paragraph (a), and does not improve to a grade
 1275  of “B” or higher or does not improve and maintain to a grade of
 1276  “C” for 2 consecutive years or higher must implement one of the
 1277  following:
 1278         1. Reassign students to another school and monitor the
 1279  progress of each reassigned student;
 1280         2. Close the school and reopen the school as one or more
 1281  charter schools, each with a governing board that has a
 1282  demonstrated record of effectiveness; or
 1283         3. Contract with an outside entity that has a demonstrated
 1284  record of effectiveness to provide turnaround services
 1285  identified in state board rule, which may include school
 1286  leadership, educational modalities, teacher and leadership
 1287  professional development, curriculum, operation and management
 1288  services, school-based administrative staffing, budgeting,
 1289  scheduling, other educational service provider functions, or any
 1290  combination thereof. Selection of an outside entity may include
 1291  one or a combination of the following:
 1292         a. An external operator, which may be a district-managed
 1293  charter school or a high-performing charter school network in
 1294  which all instructional personnel are not employees of the
 1295  school district, but are employees of an independent governing
 1296  board composed of members who did not participate in the review
 1297  or approval of the charter.
 1298         b. A contractual agreement that allows for a charter school
 1299  network or any of its affiliated subsidiaries to provide
 1300  individualized consultancy services tailored to address the
 1301  identified needs of one or more schools under this section.
 1302         4. Implementation of a community school model as defined in
 1303  s. 1003.64(2)(c).
 1304         a.A school district that intends to implement a community
 1305  school model must apply for a planning grant under s. 1003.64(3)
 1306  by the application deadline established by the center during the
 1307  second year of implementing the district-managed turnaround
 1308  plan. A school district that is not awarded a grant may reapply
 1309  by the application deadline during the third year of
 1310  implementing the district-managed turnaround plan but may not
 1311  receive an extension to implement the community school model.
 1312         b.Notwithstanding paragraph (c), a school district that
 1313  receives a grant under s. 1003.64(3) must continue planning to
 1314  implement the community school model regardless of whether the
 1315  school successfully exits the district-managed turnaround plan
 1316  under paragraph (a).
 1317         c.A school district must implement the community school
 1318  model no later than the school year following the fourth year of
 1319  the district managed turnaround plan.
 1320         d. For a school that does not meet the requirements to exit
 1321  turnaround under paragraph (a) and fails to implement a
 1322  community school model, the school district must select another
 1323  turnaround option under paragraph (b).
 1325  A school district and outside entity under this subparagraph 3.
 1326  must enter, at minimum, enter a 2-year, performance-based
 1327  contract. The contract must include school performance and
 1328  growth metrics the outside entity must meet on an annual basis.
 1329  The state board may require the school district to modify or
 1330  cancel the contract.
 1331         (c) Implementation of a turnaround option is not required
 1332  if the school improved and maintained a grade of “C” or higher
 1333  for 2 consecutive years, under paragraph (a). Implementation of
 1334  the turnaround option is not no longer required if the school
 1335  improves to a grade of “C” or higher, under paragraph (b).
 1336         (d) If a school earning two consecutive grades of “D” or a
 1337  grade of “F” does not improve to a grade of “C” or higher after
 1338  2 school years of implementing the turnaround option selected by
 1339  the school district under paragraph (b), the school district
 1340  must implement another turnaround option. Implementation of the
 1341  turnaround option must begin the school year following the
 1342  implementation period of the existing turnaround option, unless
 1343  the state board determines that the school is likely to improve
 1344  to a grade of “C” or higher if additional time is provided to
 1345  implement the existing turnaround option.
 1346         Section 28. Section 1008.332, Florida Statutes, is amended
 1347  to read:
 1348         1008.332 Committee of practitioners pursuant to federal
 1349  Every Student Succeeds No Child Left Behind Act.—The Department
 1350  of Education shall establish a committee of practitioners
 1351  pursuant to federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds
 1352  No Child Left Behind Act of 2015 2001. The committee members
 1353  shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Education and shall
 1354  annually report to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
 1355  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1.
 1356  The committee shall meet regularly and is authorized to review
 1357  potential rules and policies that will be considered by the
 1358  State Board of Education.
 1359         Section 29. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) and subsection
 1360  (5) of section 1008.34, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1361         1008.34 School grading system; school report cards;
 1362  district grade.—
 1364         (c)1. The calculation of a school grade shall be based on
 1365  the percentage of points earned from the components listed in
 1366  subparagraph (b)1. and, if applicable, subparagraph (b)2. The
 1367  State Board of Education shall adopt in rule a school grading
 1368  scale that sets the percentage of points needed to earn each of
 1369  the school grades listed in subsection (2). There shall be at
 1370  least five percentage points separating the percentage
 1371  thresholds needed to earn each of the school grades. The state
 1372  board shall annually review the percentage of school grades of
 1373  “A” and “B” for the school year to determine whether to adjust
 1374  the school grading scale upward for the following school year’s
 1375  school grades. The first adjustment would occur no earlier than
 1376  the 2023-2024 school year. An adjustment must be made if the
 1377  percentage of schools earning a grade of “A” or “B” in the
 1378  current year represents 75 percent or more of all graded schools
 1379  within a particular school type, which consists of elementary,
 1380  middle, high, and combination. The adjustment must reset the
 1381  minimum required percentage of points for each grade of “A,”
 1382  “B,” “C,” or “D” at the next highest percentage ending in the
 1383  numeral 5 or 0, whichever is closest to the current percentage.
 1384  Annual reviews of the percentage of schools earning a grade of
 1385  “A” or “B” and adjustments to the required points must be
 1386  suspended when the following grading scale for a specific school
 1387  type is achieved:
 1388         a. Ninety percent or more of the points for a grade of “A.”
 1389         b. Eighty to eighty-nine percent of the points for a grade
 1390  of “B.”
 1391         c. Seventy to seventy-nine percent of the points for a
 1392  grade of “C.”
 1393         d. Sixty to sixty-nine percent of the points for a grade of
 1394  “D.”
 1396  When the state board adjusts the grading scale upward, the state
 1397  board must inform the public of the degree of the adjustment and
 1398  its anticipated impact on school grades. Any changes made by the
 1399  state board to components in the school grades model or to the
 1400  school grading scale shall go into effect, at the earliest, in
 1401  the following school year.
 1402         2. The calculation of school grades may not include any
 1403  provision that would raise or lower the school’s grade beyond
 1404  the percentage of points earned. Extra weight may not be added
 1405  in the calculation of any components.
 1406         (5) DISTRICT GRADE.—Beginning with the 2014-2015 school
 1407  year, a school district’s grade shall include a district-level
 1408  calculation of the components under paragraph (3)(b). This
 1409  calculation methodology captures each eligible student in the
 1410  district who may have transferred among schools within the
 1411  district or is enrolled in a school that does not receive a
 1412  grade. The department shall develop a district report card that
 1413  includes the district grade; the information required under s.
 1414  1008.345(3) s. 1008.345(5); measures of the district’s progress
 1415  in closing the achievement gap between higher-performing student
 1416  subgroups and lower-performing student subgroups; measures of
 1417  the district’s progress in demonstrating Learning Gains of its
 1418  highest-performing students; measures of the district’s success
 1419  in improving student attendance; the district’s grade-level
 1420  promotion of students scoring achievement levels 1 and 2 on
 1421  statewide, standardized English Language Arts and Mathematics
 1422  assessments; and measures of the district’s performance in
 1423  preparing students for the transition from elementary to middle
 1424  school, middle to high school, and high school to postsecondary
 1425  institutions and careers.
 1426         Section 30. Subsections (3), (4), and (5) of section
 1427  1008.345, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1428         1008.345 Implementation of state system of school
 1429  improvement and education accountability.—
 1430         (3) The annual feedback report shall be developed by the
 1431  Department of Education.
 1432         (4) The commissioner shall review each district school
 1433  board’s feedback report and submit findings to the State Board
 1434  of Education. If adequate progress is not being made toward
 1435  implementing and maintaining a system of school improvement and
 1436  education accountability, the State Board of Education shall
 1437  direct the commissioner to prepare and implement a corrective
 1438  action plan. The commissioner and State Board of Education shall
 1439  monitor the development and implementation of the corrective
 1440  action plan.
 1441         (3)(5) The commissioner shall annually report to the State
 1442  Board of Education and the Legislature and recommend changes in
 1443  state policy necessary to foster school improvement and
 1444  education accountability. The report must shall include:
 1445         (a) for each school district:
 1446         (a)1. The percentage of students, by school and grade
 1447  level, demonstrating learning growth in English Language Arts
 1448  and mathematics.
 1449         (b)2. The percentage of students, by school and grade
 1450  level, in both the highest and lowest quartiles demonstrating
 1451  learning growth in English Language Arts and mathematics.
 1452         (c)3. The information contained in the school district’s
 1453  annual report required pursuant to s. 1008.25(10).
 1454         (b) Intervention and support strategies used by school
 1455  districts whose students in both the highest and lowest
 1456  quartiles exceed the statewide average learning growth for
 1457  students in those quartiles.
 1458         (c) Intervention and support strategies used by school
 1459  districts whose schools provide educational services to youth in
 1460  Department of Juvenile Justice programs that demonstrate
 1461  learning growth in English Language Arts and mathematics that
 1462  exceeds the statewide average learning growth for students in
 1463  those subjects.
 1464         (d) Based upon a review of each school district’s reading
 1465  instruction plan submitted pursuant to s. 1003.4201,
 1466  intervention and support strategies used by school districts
 1467  that were effective in improving the reading performance of
 1468  students, as indicated by student performance data, who are
 1469  identified as having a substantial reading deficiency pursuant
 1470  to s. 1008.25(5)(a).
 1472  School reports must shall be distributed pursuant to this
 1473  subsection and s. 1001.42(18)(c) and according to rules adopted
 1474  by the State Board of Education.
 1475         Section 31. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
 1476  1000.05, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1477         1000.05 Discrimination against students and employees in
 1478  the Florida K-20 public education system prohibited; equality of
 1479  access required.—
 1480         (2)
 1481         (d) Students may be separated by sex for a single-gender
 1482  program as provided under s. 1002.311, for any portion of a
 1483  class that deals with human reproduction, or during
 1484  participation in bodily contact sports. For the purpose of this
 1485  section, bodily contact sports include wrestling, boxing, rugby,
 1486  ice hockey, football, basketball, and other sports in which the
 1487  purpose or major activity involves bodily contact.
 1488         Section 32. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
 1489  act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon
 1490  this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1,
 1491  2024.