Florida Senate - 2018                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/CS/HB 731, 1st Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Baxley moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 352 and 353
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
    6  1003.436, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1003.436 Definition of “credit.”—
    8         (1)(a) For the purposes of requirements for high school
    9  graduation, one full credit means a minimum of 135 hours of bona
   10  fide instruction in a designated course of study that contains
   11  student performance standards, except as otherwise provided
   12  through the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) under s.
   13  1003.4295(3). One full credit means a minimum of 120 hours of
   14  bona fide instruction in a designated course of study that
   15  contains student performance standards for purposes of meeting
   16  high school graduation requirements in a district school that
   17  has been authorized to implement block scheduling by the
   18  district school board. In lieu of the 135- and 120-hour
   19  instruction requirements, district school boards participating
   20  in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot Program under s. 1003.4996,
   21  may determine and award credit based on a student’s mastery of
   22  the core content and skills, consistent with s. 1003.41, as
   23  approved by the district school board. The State Board of
   24  Education shall determine the number of postsecondary credit
   25  hours earned through dual enrollment pursuant to s. 1007.271
   26  that satisfy the requirements of a dual enrollment articulation
   27  agreement according to s. 1007.271(21) and that equal one full
   28  credit of the equivalent high school course identified pursuant
   29  to s. 1007.271(9).
   30         Section 6. Section 1003.437, Florida Statutes, is amended
   31  to read:
   32         1003.437 Middle and high school grading system.—
   33         (1) The grading system and interpretation of letter grades
   34  used to measure student success in grade 6 through grade 12
   35  courses for students in public schools shall be as follows:
   36         (a)(1) Grade “A” equals 90 percent through 100 percent, has
   37  a grade point average value of 4, and is defined as “outstanding
   38  progress.”
   39         (b)(2) Grade “B” equals 80 percent through 89 percent, has
   40  a grade point average value of 3, and is defined as “above
   41  average progress.”
   42         (c)(3) Grade “C” equals 70 percent through 79 percent, has
   43  a grade point average value of 2, and is defined as “average
   44  progress.”
   45         (d)(4) Grade “D” equals 60 percent through 69 percent, has
   46  a grade point average value of 1, and is defined as “lowest
   47  acceptable progress.”
   48         (e)(5) Grade “F” equals zero percent through 59 percent,
   49  has a grade point average value of zero, and is defined as
   50  “failure.”
   51         (f)(6) Grade “I” equals zero percent, has a grade point
   52  average value of zero, and is defined as “incomplete.”
   53         (2)District school boards participating in the Mastery
   54  Based Education Pilot Program under s. 1003.4996 may use an
   55  alternative interpretation of letter grades to measure student
   56  success in grades 6 through 12.
   58  For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may
   59  exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.
   60         Section 7. Section 1003.4996, Florida Statutes, is amended
   61  to read:
   62         1003.4996 Mastery-Based Competency-Based Education Pilot
   63  Program.—Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, The Mastery
   64  Based Competency-Based Education Pilot Program is created within
   65  the Department of Education to be administered for a period of 5
   66  years. The purpose of the pilot program is to provide an
   67  educational environment that allows students to advance to
   68  higher levels of learning upon the mastery of concepts and
   69  skills through statutory exemptions relating to student
   70  progression and the awarding of credits.
   71         (1) PARTICIPATION.—The P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
   72  School and public school districts, including, but not limited
   73  to, the Lake, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and Seminole County School
   74  Districts, may submit an application in a format prescribed by
   75  the department to participate in the pilot program.
   76         (2) APPLICATION.—The application to participate in the
   77  pilot program must, at a minimum, include:
   78         (a) The vision and timelines for the implementation of
   79  mastery-based competency-based education within the school
   80  district, including a list of the schools that will participate
   81  in the pilot program during the first school year and the list
   82  of schools that will be integrated into the program in
   83  subsequent school years.
   84         (b) The annual goals and performance outcomes for
   85  participating schools, including, but not limited to:
   86         1. Student performance as defined in s. 1008.34.
   87         2. Promotion and retention rates.
   88         3. Graduation rates.
   89         4. Indicators of college and career readiness.
   90         (c) A communication plan for parents and other
   91  stakeholders, including local businesses and community members.
   92         (d) The scope of and timelines for professional development
   93  for school instructional and administrative personnel.
   94         (e) A plan for student progression based on the mastery of
   95  content, including mechanisms that determine and ensure that a
   96  student has satisfied the requirements for grade-level promotion
   97  and content mastery.
   98         (f) A plan for using technology and digital and blended
   99  learning to enhance student achievement and facilitate the
  100  mastery-based competency-based education system.
  101         (g) The proposed allocation of resources for the pilot
  102  program at the school and district levels.
  103         (h) The recruitment and selection of participating schools.
  104         (i) The rules to be waived for participating schools
  105  pursuant to subsection (3) to implement the pilot program.
  106         (3) EXEMPTION FROM RULES.—In addition to the waivers
  107  authorized in s. 1001.10(3), the State Board of Education may
  108  authorize the commissioner to grant an additional waiver of
  109  rules relating to student progression and the awarding of
  110  credits.
  112         (a)Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, participating
  113  school districts may amend their applications to include
  114  alternatives for awarding credit, as authorized under s.
  115  1003.436, and for the interpretation of middle and high school
  116  letter grades, as authorized under s. 1003.437.
  117         1.Alternatives to awarding credit must include a
  118  verification of the student’s mastery of the applicable course
  119  content using rigorous scoring rubrics to evaluate the student’s
  120  work.
  121         2.Alternatives to the interpretation of middle and high
  122  school letter grades may substitute the applicable language from
  123  the school district’s rigorous scoring rubric.
  124         (b)An application that is amended pursuant to this
  125  subsection must be approved by the district school board.
  126         (5)(4) STUDENT FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a
  127  participating school shall be reported for and generate funding
  128  pursuant to s. 1011.62.
  129         (6)(5) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall:
  130         (a) Compile the student and staff schedules of
  131  participating schools before and after implementation of the
  132  pilot program.
  133         (b) Provide participating schools with access to statewide,
  134  standardized assessments required under s. 1008.22.
  135         (c) Annually, by June 1, provide to the Governor, the
  136  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  137  Representatives a report summarizing the activities and
  138  accomplishments of the pilot program and any recommendations for
  139  statutory revisions.
  140         (6)RULES.—The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  141  to administer this section.
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  144  And the title is amended as follows:
  145         Delete line 38
  146  and insert:
  147         compulsory school attendance; amending s. 1003.436,
  148         F.S.; authorizing a district school board
  149         participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
  150         Program to award credit based on student mastery of
  151         certain content and skills; amending s. 1003.437,
  152         F.S.; authorizing a district school board
  153         participating in the Mastery-Based Education Pilot
  154         Program to use an alternative interpretation of letter
  155         grades for certain students; amending s. 1003.4996,
  156         F.S.; renaming the Competency-Based Education Pilot
  157         Program as the Mastery-Based Education Pilot Program;
  158         authorizing public school districts to submit
  159         applications for the program; authorizing
  160         participating school districts to amend their
  161         applications to include alternatives for the award
  162         credits and interpretation of letter grades; providing
  163         requirements for such alternatives; deleting a
  164         requirement that the State Board of Education adopt
  165         rules; amending s. 1006.15,