CS/HB 1085

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to career and education planning; amending
3s. 1003.4156, F.S.; revising the general requirements for
4middle grades promotion to require that a course in career
5and education planning must include career exploration
6aligned to the National Career Clusters; deleting an
7obsolete provision; providing an effective date.
9Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
11     Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
121003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
13     1003.4156  General requirements for middle grades
15     (1)  Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2006-
162007 school year, promotion from a school composed of middle
17grades 6, 7, and 8 requires that:
18     (a)  The student must successfully complete academic
19courses as follows:
20     1.  Three middle school or higher courses in English. These
21courses shall emphasize literature, composition, and technical
23     2.  Three middle school or higher courses in mathematics.
24Each middle school must offer at least one high school level
25mathematics course for which students may earn high school
27     3.  Three middle school or higher courses in social
28studies, one semester of which must include the study of state
29and federal government and civics education.
30     4.  Three middle school or higher courses in science.
31     5.  One course in career and education planning to be
32completed in 7th or 8th grade. The course may be taught by any
33member of the instructional staff; must include career
34exploration aligned to the National Career Clusters supported by
35Florida's Career Clusters Initiative; must include career
36exploration using CHOICES for the 21st Century or a comparable
37cost-effective program; must include educational planning using
38the online student advising system known as Florida Academic
39Counseling and Tracking for Students at the Internet website
40FACTS.org; and shall result in the completion of a personalized
41academic and career plan.
43Each school must hold a parent meeting either in the evening or
44on a weekend to inform parents about the course curriculum and
45activities. Each student shall complete an electronic personal
46education plan that must be signed by the student; the student's
47instructor, guidance counselor, or academic advisor; and the
48student's parent. By January 1, 2007, the Department of
49Education shall develop course frameworks and professional
50development materials for the career exploration and education
51planning course. The course may be implemented as a stand-alone
52course or integrated into another course or courses. The
53Commissioner of Education shall collect longitudinal high school
54course enrollment data by student ethnicity in order to analyze
55course-taking patterns.
56     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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