Florida Senate - 2017                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/CS/CS/HB 549, 1st Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: WD/2R          .                                
             05/04/2017 04:00 PM       .                                

       Senator Rodriguez moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (244350) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 1877 and 1878
    5  insert:
    6         Section 29. Paragraph (b) of subsection (7) of section
    7  1008.25, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    8         1008.25 Public school student progression; student support;
    9  reporting requirements.—
   11  STUDENTS.—
   12         (b) Each school district shall:
   13         1. Provide third grade students who are retained under the
   14  provisions of paragraph (5)(b) with intensive instructional
   15  services and supports to remediate the identified areas of
   16  reading deficiency, including participation in the school
   17  district’s summer reading camp as required under paragraph (a)
   18  and a minimum of 90 minutes of daily, uninterrupted,
   19  scientifically research-based reading instruction which includes
   20  phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and
   21  comprehension and other strategies prescribed by the school
   22  district, which may include, but are not limited to:
   23         a. Integration of science and social studies content within
   24  the 90-minute block.
   25         b. Small group instruction.
   26         c. Reduced teacher-student ratios.
   27         d. More frequent progress monitoring.
   28         e. Tutoring or mentoring.
   29         f. Transition classes containing 3rd and 4th grade
   30  students.
   31         g. Extended school day, week, or year.
   32         2. Provide written notification to the parent of a student
   33  who is retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) that
   34  his or her child has not met the proficiency level required for
   35  promotion and the reasons the child is not eligible for a good
   36  cause exemption as provided in paragraph (6)(b). The
   37  notification must comply with the provisions of s. 1002.20(15)
   38  and must include a description of proposed interventions and
   39  supports that will be provided to the child to remediate the
   40  identified areas of reading deficiency.
   41         3. Implement a policy for the midyear promotion of a
   42  student retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) who
   43  can demonstrate that he or she is a successful and independent
   44  reader and performing at or above grade level in reading or,
   45  upon implementation of English Language Arts assessments,
   46  performing at or above grade level in English Language Arts.
   47  Tools that school districts may use in reevaluating a student
   48  retained may include subsequent assessments, alternative
   49  assessments, and portfolio reviews, in accordance with rules of
   50  the State Board of Education. Students promoted during the
   51  school year after November 1 must demonstrate proficiency levels
   52  in reading equivalent to the level necessary for the beginning
   53  of grade 4. The rules adopted by the State Board of Education
   54  must include standards that provide a reasonable expectation
   55  that the student’s progress is sufficient to master appropriate
   56  grade 4 level reading skills.
   57         4. Provide students who are retained under the provisions
   58  of paragraph (5)(b) with a highly effective teacher as
   59  determined by the teacher’s performance evaluation under s.
   60  1012.34.
   61         5. Establish at each school, when applicable, an Intensive
   62  Acceleration Class for retained grade 3 students who
   63  subsequently score Level 1 on the required statewide,
   64  standardized assessment identified in s. 1008.22. The focus of
   65  the Intensive Acceleration Class shall be to increase a child’s
   66  reading and English Language Arts skill level at least two grade
   67  levels in 1 school year. The Intensive Acceleration Class shall:
   68         a. Be provided to a student in grade 3 who scores Level 1
   69  on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment
   70  and who was retained in grade 3 the prior year because of
   71  scoring Level 1.
   72         b. Have a reduced teacher-student ratio.
   73         c. Provide uninterrupted reading instruction for the
   74  majority of student contact time each day and incorporate
   75  opportunities to master the grade 4 Next Generation Sunshine
   76  State Standards in other core subject areas.
   77         d. Use a reading program that is scientifically research
   78  based and has proven results in accelerating student reading
   79  achievement within the same school year.
   80         e. Provide intensive language and vocabulary instruction
   81  using a scientifically research-based program, including use of
   82  a speech-language therapist.
   84  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   85  And the title is amended as follows:
   86         Delete line 2057
   87  and insert:
   88         a specified date; amending s. 1008.25, F.S.; removing
   89         a requirement that certain reading instruction be
   90         uninterrupted; providing an effective date.