Florida Senate - 2019 CS for SB 1480 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Stargel 581-03745-19 20191480c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to civics education; amending s. 3 1003.4156, F.S.; requiring that instructional 4 materials for certain civics education courses be 5 reviewed and approved by the Commissioner of Education 6 in consultation with certain entities and individuals; 7 requiring the commissioner to identify errors and 8 inaccuracies in state-adopted materials; requiring 9 such errors and inaccuracies to be corrected; 10 requiring the commissioner to consult with specified 11 organizations and stakeholders to review civics 12 instructional materials and test specifications by a 13 specified date; requiring the commissioner to make 14 recommendations for improving such materials and test 15 specifications by a specified date; requiring the 16 department to review statewide civics education course 17 standards by a specified date; deleting obsolete 18 language; providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 23 1003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 24 1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades 25 promotion.— 26 (1) In order for a student to be promoted to high school 27 from a school that includes middle grades 6, 7, and 8, the 28 student must successfully complete the following courses: 29 (c) Three middle grades or higher courses in social 30 studies.
Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 201231 2013 school year,One of these courses must be at least a one 32 semester civics education course that includes the roles and 33 responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the 34 structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and 35 judicial branches of government; and the meaning and 36 significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of 37 Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the 38 Constitution of the United States. The instructional materials 39 for the civics education course must be reviewed and approved by 40 the Commissioner of Education in consultation with organizations 41 that may include, but are not limited to, the Florida Joint 42 Center for Citizenship, the Bill of Rights Institute, Hillsdale 43 College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 44 iCivics, and the Constitutional Sources Project, and in 45 consultation with educators, school administrators, 46 postsecondary education representatives, elected officials, 47 business and industry leaders, parents, and the public. Any 48 errors and inaccuracies the commissioner identifies in state 49 adopted materials must be corrected pursuant to s. 1006.35. 50 After consulting with such entities and individuals, the 51 commissioner shall review the current state-approved civics 52 education course instructional materials and the statewide EOC 53 assessment test specifications and shall make recommendations 54 for improvements to the materials and test specifications by 55 December 31, 2019. By December 31, 2020, the department shall 56 complete a review of the statewide civics education course 57 standards. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year,Each 58 student’s performance on the statewide, standardized EOC 59 assessment in civics education required under s. 1008.22 60 constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. A 61 middle grades student who transfers into the state’s public 62 school system from out of country, out of state, a private 63 school, or a home education program after the beginning of the 64 second term of grade 8 is not required to meet the civics 65 education requirement for promotion from the middle grades if 66 the student’s transcript documents passage of three courses in 67 social studies or two year-long courses in social studies that 68 include coverage of civics education. 69 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.