Florida Senate - 2013 SB 760 By Senator Bean 4-01232A-13 2013760__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to high school course options; 3 requiring the Office of Program Policy Analysis and 4 Government Accountability, in conjunction with the 5 Department of Education, to conduct a study on the 6 identification or creation of career-technical high 7 school courses of provable equivalency to standard 8 required courses; providing requirements for the 9 study; requiring the office to submit study results to 10 the Legislature; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. (1) The Office of Program Policy Analysis and 15 Government Accountability, in conjunction with the Department of 16 Education, shall conduct a study on the identification or 17 creation of high school courses of provable equivalency to 18 standard required courses at the high school level. The study 19 shall include, but is not limited to: 20 (a) The feasibility of offering students alternative high 21 school courses structured toward career-technical education and 22 workforce development which have provable equivalent rigor and 23 would be substitutable for standard required courses in an 24 effort to provide multiple pathways for the student to best 25 achieve a high school diploma based on his or her learning style 26 or interests. 27 (b) The potential for the courses to be credited towards 28 the attainment of a national industry certification identified 29 in the Industry Certification Funding List pursuant to rules 30 adopted by the State Board of Education and to provide workforce 31 readiness. 32 (c) The identification of requirements for a career 33 technical course and overlapping requirements for a career 34 technical course and the corresponding standard high school 35 course, with a view to enabling a student to substitute one for 36 the other. 37 (d) The potential use of career and professional academies, 38 internships, the Florida Ready to Work Certification Program, 39 and other relevant career and technical education programs. 40 (e) A timeframe for implementing career-technical 41 curriculum options if determined to be feasible. 42 (2) The study shall build upon the information and findings 43 reported in the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government 44 Accountability Report No. 11-05. 45 (3) The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government 46 Accountability shall submit the results of the study to the 47 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of 48 Representatives by December 1, 2013. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.