Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 114
       By the Committee on Rules; and Senators Hutson, Simpson, and
       595-03838-19                                           2019114c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to high school graduation
    3         requirements; providing a short title; amending s.
    4         1002.3105, F.S.; revising the requirements for award
    5         of a standard high school diploma through Academically
    6         Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL)
    7         options; amending s. 1003.41, F.S.; revising the
    8         social studies standards for the Next Generation
    9         Sunshine State Standards to include financial literacy
   10         as a separate subject; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.;
   11         revising the required credits for a standard high
   12         school diploma to include one-half credit in financial
   13         literacy and seven and one-half, rather than eight,
   14         credits in electives; requiring the state board to
   15         identify certain assessments for credit acceleration
   16         purposes; exempting certain students from meeting the
   17         financial literacy requirement under certain
   18         circumstances; amending s. 1003.4295, F.S.; providing
   19         that certain assessments identified in State Board of
   20         Education rule may be used by students to earn high
   21         school credit for certain courses; providing an
   22         effective date.
   24  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   26         Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Dorothy L. Hukill
   27  Financial Literacy Act.”
   28         Section 2. Subsection (5) of section 1002.3105, Florida
   29  Statutes, is amended to read:
   30         1002.3105 Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance
   31  Learning (ACCEL) options.—
   32         (5) AWARD OF A STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.—A student who
   33  meets the applicable grade 9 cohort graduation requirements of
   34  s. 1003.4282(3)(a)-(e) or s. 1003.4282(9)(a)1.-5., (b)1.-5.,
   35  (c)1.-5., or (d)1.-5., earns two and one-half three credits in
   36  electives, and earns a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of
   37  2.0 on a 4.0 scale shall be awarded a standard high school
   38  diploma in a form prescribed by the State Board of Education.
   39         Section 3. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
   40  1003.41, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   41         1003.41 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.—
   42         (2) Next Generation Sunshine State Standards must meet the
   43  following requirements:
   44         (d) Social Studies standards must establish specific
   45  curricular content for, at a minimum, geography, United States
   46  and world history, government, civics, humanities, and
   47  economics, and including financial literacy. Financial literacy
   48  includes the knowledge, understanding, skills, behaviors,
   49  attitudes, and values that will enable a student to make
   50  responsible and effective financial decisions on a daily basis.
   51  Financial literacy instruction shall be an integral part of
   52  instruction throughout the entire economics course and include
   53  information regarding earning income; buying goods and services;
   54  saving and financial investing; taxes; the use of credit and
   55  credit cards; budgeting and debt management, including student
   56  loans and secured loans; banking and financial services;
   57  planning for one’s financial future, including higher education
   58  and career planning; credit reports and scores; and fraud and
   59  identity theft prevention.
   60         Section 4. Paragraphs (d) and (g) of subsection (3) of
   61  section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   62         1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.—
   65         (d) Three and one-half credits in social studies.—A student
   66  must earn one credit in United States History; one credit in
   67  World History; one-half credit in economics; one-half credit in,
   68  which must include financial literacy; and one-half credit in
   69  United States Government. The United States History EOC
   70  assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course
   71  grade. Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2019-2020
   72  school year, a student must earn one-half credit in financial
   73  literacy. Students must earn the one-half credit in financial
   74  literacy in grades 11 or 12. The State Board of Education shall
   75  identify in rule one or more financial literacy assessments that
   76  are aligned to the state’s financial literacy standards for the
   77  purposes of credit acceleration under s. 1003.4295(3). A high
   78  school student who transfers into the state’s public school
   79  system from another country, another state, a private school, or
   80  a home education program is not required to meet the financial
   81  literacy requirement to earn a standard high school diploma if
   82  the student’s transcript documents passage of a course for
   83  financial literacy.
   84         (g) Seven and one-half Eight credits in electives.—School
   85  districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a
   86  student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of
   87  interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus.
   88  Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn
   89  college credit, including industry-certified career education
   90  programs or series of career-themed courses that result in
   91  industry certification or articulate into the award of college
   92  credit, or career education courses for which there is a
   93  statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to
   94  college credit. A student entering grade 9 before the 2019-2020
   95  school year must earn eight credits in electives. A student
   96  entering grade 9 in the 2019-2020 school year or thereafter must
   97  earn seven and one-half credits in electives.
   98         Section 5. Subsection (3) of section 1003.4295, Florida
   99  Statutes, is amended to read:
  100         1003.4295 Acceleration options.—
  101         (3) The Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) is created for
  102  the purpose of allowing a student to earn high school credit in
  103  courses required for high school graduation through passage of
  104  an end-of-course assessment administered under s. 1008.22;, an
  105  Advanced Placement Examination;, or a College Level Examination
  106  Program (CLEP); or, for a financial literacy course, an
  107  appropriate assessment identified in state board rule.
  108  Notwithstanding s. 1003.436, a school district shall award
  109  course credit to a student who is not enrolled in the course, or
  110  who has not completed the course, if the student attains a
  111  passing score on the corresponding end-of-course assessment;,
  112  Advanced Placement Examination;, or CLEP; or, for a financial
  113  literacy course, an appropriate assessment identified in state
  114  board rule. The school district shall permit a public school or
  115  home education student who is not enrolled in the course, or who
  116  has not completed the course, to take the assessment or
  117  examination during the regular administration of the assessment
  118  or examination.
  119         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.