Florida Senate - 2018 SB 180 By Senator Brandes 24-00273-18 2018180__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; authorizing, but not 4 requiring, high schools to offer students 5 opportunities to take specified computer coding 6 courses beginning with a specified school year; 7 requiring the Commissioner of Education to identify 8 such courses that satisfy two credits of sequential 9 foreign language instruction under certain 10 circumstances; requiring Florida College System 11 institutions and state universities to recognize the 12 credits as foreign language credits; requiring each 13 student and his or her parent to sign a specified 14 statement; requiring the inclusion of certain computer 15 coding courses in the Course Code Directory; 16 authorizing the Florida Virtual School to offer 17 computer coding courses identified in the Course Code 18 Directory; requiring the Department of Education to 19 annually report certain information to the Board of 20 Governors and the Legislature; providing an effective 21 date. 22 23 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 24 25 Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 1007.2616, 26 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new 27 subsection (4) is added to that section, to read: 28 1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.— 29 (4) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, high schools 30 may, but will not be required to, provide students with 31 opportunities to take two credits in computer coding courses of 32 sufficient rigor, as identified by the commissioner, that along 33 with the earning of a related industry certification satisfy two 34 credits of sequential foreign language instruction. Florida 35 College System institutions and state universities must 36 recognize the credits as foreign language credits; however, each 37 student and his or her parent must sign a statement that they 38 acknowledge and accept that a computer coding course taken as a 39 foreign language may not meet out-of-state college and 40 university foreign language requirements. Computer coding 41 courses identified by the commissioner and computer coding 42 courses taken to earn the related industry certification shall 43 be included in the Course Code Directory. 44 (a) The Florida Virtual School may offer computer coding 45 courses identified in the Course Code Directory. If a school 46 district does not offer an identified course, it may provide 47 students with access to the course through the Florida Virtual 48 School or through other means. 49 (b) The Department of Education shall annually report to 50 the Board of Governors and the Legislature: 51 1. The courses identified in the Course Code Directory 52 which meet the academic standards for computer coding; and 53 2. The number of students, by district, including students 54 enrolled in the Florida Virtual School, who are enrolled in a 55 course identified in the Course Code Directory which meets the 56 academic standards for computer coding. 57 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.