HB 1483

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to high school graduation rates; amending
3ss. 1003.435 and 1008.34 F.S.; revising provisions
4relating to the high school equivalency diploma program
5and the school rating system to include students who
6receive a high school equivalency diploma in the high
7school graduation rates for purposes of determining a
8school's grade; providing an effective date.
10Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12     Section 1.  Subsection (6) of section 1003.435, Florida
13Statutes, is amended to read:
14     1003.435  High school equivalency diploma program.-
15     (6)(a)  All high school equivalency diplomas issued under
16the provisions of this section shall have equal status with
17other high school diplomas for all state purposes, including
18admission to any state university or community college.
19     (b)  Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, students who
20earn a high school equivalency diploma shall be included in the
21high school graduation rate for purposes of determining a
22school's grade pursuant to s. 1008.34(3)(b).
23     (c)(b)  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
24providing for the award of a standard high school diploma to
25holders of high school equivalency diplomas who are assessed as
26meeting designated criteria, and the commissioner shall
27establish procedures for administering the assessment.
28     Section 2.  Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
291008.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
30     1008.34  School grading system; school report cards;
31district grade.-
33     (b)1.  A school's grade shall be based on a combination of:
34     a.  Student achievement scores, including achievement on
35all FCAT assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3)(c)1., end-
36of-course assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a.,
37and achievement scores for students seeking a special diploma.
38     b.  Student learning gains in reading and mathematics as
39measured by FCAT and end-of-course assessments, as described in
40s. 1008.22(3)(c)1. and 2.a. Learning gains for students seeking
41a special diploma, as measured by an alternate assessment tool,
42shall be included not later than the 2009-2010 school year.
43     c.  Improvement of the lowest 25th percentile of students
44in the school in reading and mathematics on the FCAT or end-of-
45course assessments described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a., unless
46these students are exhibiting satisfactory performance.
47     2.  Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year for schools
48comprised of high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or grades 10,
4911, and 12, 50 percent of the school grade shall be based on a
50combination of the factors listed in sub-subparagraphs 1.a.-c.
51and the remaining 50 percent on the following factors:
52     a.  The high school graduation rate of the school.
53Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, at least 75 percent of
54the students who earn a high school equivalency diploma pursuant
55to s. 1003.435 shall be included in the calculation of the high
56school graduation rate;
57     b.  As valid data becomes available, the performance and
58participation of the school's students in College Board Advanced
59Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, dual
60enrollment courses, and Advanced International Certificate of
61Education courses; and the students' achievement of national
62industry certification identified in the Industry Certification
63Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of
65     c.  Postsecondary readiness of the school's students as
66measured by the SAT, ACT, or the common placement test;
67     d.  The high school graduation rate of at-risk students who
68scored at Level 2 or lower on the grade 8 FCAT Reading and
69Mathematics examinations;
70     e.  As valid data becomes available, the performance of the
71school's students on statewide standardized end-of-course
72assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.b. and c.; and
73     f.  The growth or decline in the components listed in sub-
74subparagraphs a.-e. from year to year.
75     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.

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