Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1306
       By Senator Perry
       8-01046-18                                            20181306__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to reading instruction; amending s.
    3         1011.62, F.S.; requiring K-12 comprehensive reading
    4         plans to provide for intensive reading interventions
    5         that are delivered by teachers who meet certain
    6         criteria beginning with a specified school year;
    7         providing requirements for such interventions;
    8         amending s. 1012.586, F.S.; requiring the Department
    9         of Education to consider the award of endorsements for
   10         a teaching certificate to individuals who hold
   11         specified certifications or who complete specified
   12         programs that meet certain criteria in a specified
   13         review; amending s. 1012.98, F.S.; requiring school
   14         districts to provide access to training sufficient for
   15         certain instructional personnel to earn an endorsement
   16         in reading; providing an effective date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (9) of section
   21  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   22         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
   23  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
   24  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
   25  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
   26  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
   27  follows:
   29         (d)1. Annually, by a date determined by the Department of
   30  Education but before May 1, school districts shall submit a K-12
   31  comprehensive reading plan for the specific use of the research
   32  based reading instruction allocation in the format prescribed by
   33  the department for review and approval by the Just Read,
   34  Florida! Office created pursuant to s. 1001.215. The plan
   35  annually submitted by school districts shall be deemed approved
   36  unless the department rejects the plan on or before June 1. If a
   37  school district and the Just Read, Florida! Office cannot reach
   38  agreement on the contents of the plan, the school district may
   39  appeal to the State Board of Education for resolution. School
   40  districts shall be allowed reasonable flexibility in designing
   41  their plans and shall be encouraged to offer reading
   42  intervention through innovative methods, including career
   43  academies. The plan format shall be developed with input from
   44  school district personnel, including teachers and principals,
   45  and shall provide for allow courses in core, career, and
   46  alternative programs that deliver intensive reading
   47  interventions remediation through integrated curricula, provided
   48  that, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the
   49  interventions are delivered by a teacher who is certified or
   50  endorsed in reading. Such interventions must incorporate
   51  strategies identified by the Just Read, Florida! Office pursuant
   52  to s. 1001.215(8) deemed highly qualified to teach reading or
   53  working toward that status. No later than July 1 annually, the
   54  department shall release the school district’s allocation of
   55  appropriated funds to those districts having approved plans. A
   56  school district that spends 100 percent of this allocation on
   57  its approved plan shall be deemed to have been in compliance
   58  with the plan. The department may withhold funds upon a
   59  determination that reading instruction allocation funds are not
   60  being used to implement the approved plan. The department shall
   61  monitor and track the implementation of each district plan,
   62  including conducting site visits and collecting specific data on
   63  expenditures and reading improvement results. By February 1 of
   64  each year, the department shall report its findings to the
   65  Legislature.
   66         2. Each school district that has a school designated as one
   67  of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools as specified in
   68  paragraph (a) shall specifically delineate in the comprehensive
   69  reading plan, or in an addendum to the comprehensive reading
   70  plan, the implementation design and reading intervention
   71  strategies that will be used for the required additional hour of
   72  reading instruction. The term “reading intervention” includes
   73  evidence-based strategies frequently used to remediate reading
   74  deficiencies and also includes individual instruction, tutoring,
   75  mentoring, or the use of technology that targets specific
   76  reading skills and abilities.
   77         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
   78  1012.586, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   79         1012.586 Additions or changes to certificates; duplicate
   80  certificates.—A school district may process via a Department of
   81  Education website certificates for the following applications of
   82  public school employees:
   83         (1) Addition of a subject coverage or endorsement to a
   84  valid Florida certificate on the basis of the completion of the
   85  appropriate subject area testing requirements of s.
   86  1012.56(5)(a) or the completion of the requirements of an
   87  approved school district program or the inservice components for
   88  an endorsement.
   89         (b) By July 1, 2018, and at least once every 5 years
   90  thereafter, the department shall conduct a review of existing
   91  subject coverage or endorsement requirements in the elementary,
   92  reading, and exceptional student educational areas. The review
   93  must include reciprocity requirements for out-of-state
   94  certificates and requirements for demonstrating competency in
   95  the reading instruction professional development topics listed
   96  in s. 1012.98(4)(b)11. The review must also consider the award
   97  of an endorsement to an individual who holds a certificate
   98  issued by an internationally recognized organization that
   99  establishes standards for providing evidence-based interventions
  100  to struggling readers or who completes a postsecondary program
  101  that is accredited by such organization. Any such certificate or
  102  program must require an individual who completes the certificate
  103  or program to demonstrate competence in reading intervention
  104  strategies through clinical experience. At the conclusion of
  105  each review, the department shall recommend to the state board
  106  changes to the subject coverage or endorsement requirements
  107  based upon any identified instruction or intervention strategies
  108  proven to improve student reading performance. This paragraph
  109  does not authorize the state board to establish any new
  110  certification subject coverage.
  112  The employing school district shall charge the employee a fee
  113  not to exceed the amount charged by the Department of Education
  114  for such services. Each district school board shall retain a
  115  portion of the fee as defined in the rules of the State Board of
  116  Education. The portion sent to the department shall be used for
  117  maintenance of the technology system, the web application, and
  118  posting and mailing of the certificate.
  119         Section 3. Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section
  120  1012.98, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  121         1012.98 School Community Professional Development Act.—
  122         (4) The Department of Education, school districts, schools,
  123  Florida College System institutions, and state universities
  124  share the responsibilities described in this section. These
  125  responsibilities include the following:
  126         (b) Each school district shall develop a professional
  127  development system as specified in subsection (3). The system
  128  shall be developed in consultation with teachers, teacher
  129  educators of Florida College System institutions and state
  130  universities, business and community representatives, and local
  131  education foundations, consortia, and professional
  132  organizations. The professional development system must:
  133         1. Be approved by the department. All substantial revisions
  134  to the system shall be submitted to the department for review
  135  for continued approval.
  136         2. Be based on analyses of student achievement data and
  137  instructional strategies and methods that support rigorous,
  138  relevant, and challenging curricula for all students. Schools
  139  and districts, in developing and refining the professional
  140  development system, shall also review and monitor school
  141  discipline data; school environment surveys; assessments of
  142  parental satisfaction; performance appraisal data of teachers,
  143  managers, and administrative personnel; and other performance
  144  indicators to identify school and student needs that can be met
  145  by improved professional performance.
  146         3. Provide inservice activities coupled with followup
  147  support appropriate to accomplish district-level and school
  148  level improvement goals and standards. The inservice activities
  149  for instructional personnel shall focus on analysis of student
  150  achievement data, ongoing formal and informal assessments of
  151  student achievement, identification and use of enhanced and
  152  differentiated instructional strategies that emphasize rigor,
  153  relevance, and reading in the content areas, enhancement of
  154  subject content expertise, integrated use of classroom
  155  technology that enhances teaching and learning, classroom
  156  management, parent involvement, and school safety.
  157         4. Provide inservice activities and support targeted to the
  158  individual needs of new teachers participating in the
  159  professional development certification and education competency
  160  program under s. 1012.56(8)(a).
  161         5. Include a master plan for inservice activities, pursuant
  162  to rules of the State Board of Education, for all district
  163  employees from all fund sources. The master plan shall be
  164  updated annually by September 1, must be based on input from
  165  teachers and district and school instructional leaders, and must
  166  use the latest available student achievement data and research
  167  to enhance rigor and relevance in the classroom. Each district
  168  inservice plan must be aligned to and support the school-based
  169  inservice plans and school improvement plans pursuant to s.
  170  1001.42(18). Each district inservice plan must provide a
  171  description of the training that middle grades instructional
  172  personnel and school administrators receive on the district’s
  173  code of student conduct adopted pursuant to s. 1006.07;
  174  integrated digital instruction and competency-based instruction
  175  and CAPE Digital Tool certificates and CAPE industry
  176  certifications; classroom management; student behavior and
  177  interaction; extended learning opportunities for students; and
  178  instructional leadership. District plans must be approved by the
  179  district school board annually in order to ensure compliance
  180  with subsection (1) and to allow for dissemination of research
  181  based best practices to other districts. District school boards
  182  must submit verification of their approval to the Commissioner
  183  of Education no later than October 1, annually. Each school
  184  principal may establish and maintain an individual professional
  185  development plan for each instructional employee assigned to the
  186  school as a seamless component to the school improvement plans
  187  developed pursuant to s. 1001.42(18). An individual professional
  188  development plan must be related to specific performance data
  189  for the students to whom the teacher is assigned, define the
  190  inservice objectives and specific measurable improvements
  191  expected in student performance as a result of the inservice
  192  activity, and include an evaluation component that determines
  193  the effectiveness of the professional development plan.
  194         6. Include inservice activities for school administrative
  195  personnel that address updated skills necessary for
  196  instructional leadership and effective school management
  197  pursuant to s. 1012.986.
  198         7. Provide for systematic consultation with regional and
  199  state personnel designated to provide technical assistance and
  200  evaluation of local professional development programs.
  201         8. Provide for delivery of professional development by
  202  distance learning and other technology-based delivery systems to
  203  reach more educators at lower costs.
  204         9. Provide for the continuous evaluation of the quality and
  205  effectiveness of professional development programs in order to
  206  eliminate ineffective programs and strategies and to expand
  207  effective ones. Evaluations must consider the impact of such
  208  activities on the performance of participating educators and
  209  their students’ achievement and behavior.
  210         10. For middle grades, emphasize:
  211         a. Interdisciplinary planning, collaboration, and
  212  instruction.
  213         b. Alignment of curriculum and instructional materials to
  214  the state academic standards adopted pursuant to s. 1003.41.
  215         c. Use of small learning communities; problem-solving,
  216  inquiry-driven research and analytical approaches for students;
  217  strategies and tools based on student needs; competency-based
  218  instruction; integrated digital instruction; and project-based
  219  instruction.
  221  Each school that includes any of grades 6, 7, or 8 must include
  222  in its school improvement plan, required under s. 1001.42(18), a
  223  description of the specific strategies used by the school to
  224  implement each item listed in this subparagraph.
  225         11. Provide training to reading coaches, classroom
  226  teachers, and school administrators in effective methods of
  227  identifying characteristics of conditions such as dyslexia and
  228  other causes of diminished phonological processing skills;
  229  incorporating instructional techniques into the general
  230  education setting which are proven to improve reading
  231  performance for all students; and using predictive and other
  232  data to make instructional decisions based on individual student
  233  needs. The training must help teachers integrate phonemic
  234  awareness; phonics, word study, and spelling; reading fluency;
  235  vocabulary, including academic vocabulary; and text
  236  comprehension strategies into an explicit, systematic, and
  237  sequential approach to reading instruction, including
  238  multisensory intervention strategies. Each district must provide
  239  all elementary grades instructional personnel access to training
  240  sufficient to meet the requirements of s. 1012.585(3)(f) and to
  241  earn an endorsement in reading consistent with s.
  242  1012.586(1)(b).
  243         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.