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The Florida Statutes

The 2010 Florida Statutes(including Special Session A)

Title XLVIII
K-20 EDUCATION CODE
Chapter 1008
ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
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CHAPTER 1008
CHAPTER 1008
ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
PART I
ASSESSMENT, K-20
(ss. 1008.22-1008.30)
PART II
ACCOUNTABILITY, K-20
(ss. 1008.31-1008.46)
PART I
ASSESSMENT, K-20
1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.
1008.23 Confidentiality of assessment instruments.
1008.24 Test security.
1008.25 Public school student progression; remedial instruction; reporting requirements.
1008.30 Common placement testing for public postsecondary education.
1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.
(1) PURPOSE.The primary purposes of the student assessment program are to provide information needed to improve the public schools by enhancing the learning gains of all students and to inform parents of the educational progress of their public school children. The program must be designed to:
(a) Assess the annual learning gains of each student toward achieving the Sunshine State Standards appropriate for the student’s grade level.
(b) Provide data for making decisions regarding school accountability and recognition.
(c) Identify the educational strengths and needs of students and the readiness of students to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate from high school with a standard or special high school diploma.
(d) Assess how well educational goals and curricular standards are met at the school, district, and state levels.
(e) Provide information to aid in the evaluation and development of educational programs and policies.
(f) Provide information on the performance of Florida students compared with that of other students across the United States.
(2) NATIONAL EDUCATION COMPARISONS.It is Florida’s intent to participate in the measurement of national educational goals. The Commissioner of Education shall direct Florida school districts to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or a similar national assessment program, both for the national sample and for any state-by-state comparison programs which may be initiated. The assessments must be conducted using the data collection procedures, the student surveys, the educator surveys, and other instruments included in the National Assessment of Educational Progress or similar program being administered in Florida. The results of these assessments shall be included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Education specified in this section. The administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress or similar program shall be in addition to and separate from the administration of the statewide assessment program.
(3) STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.The commissioner shall design and implement a statewide program of educational assessment that provides information for the improvement of the operation and management of the public schools, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs. The commissioner may enter into contracts for the continued administration of the assessment, testing, and evaluation programs authorized and funded by the Legislature. Contracts may be initiated in 1 fiscal year and continue into the next and may be paid from the appropriations of either or both fiscal years. The commissioner is authorized to negotiate for the sale or lease of tests, scoring protocols, test scoring services, and related materials developed pursuant to law. Pursuant to the statewide assessment program, the commissioner shall:
(a) Submit proposed Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to the State Board of Education for adoption and periodic review and revision under s. 1003.41.
(b) Develop and implement a uniform system of indicators to describe the performance of public school students and the characteristics of the public school districts and the public schools. These indicators must include, without limitation, information gathered by the comprehensive management information system created pursuant to s. 1008.385 and student achievement information obtained pursuant to this section.
(c) Develop and implement a student achievement testing program as follows:
1. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) measures a student’s content knowledge and skills in reading, writing, science, and mathematics. The content knowledge and skills assessed by the FCAT must be aligned to the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Other content areas may be included as directed by the commissioner. Comprehensive assessments of reading and mathematics shall be administered annually in grades 3 through 10 except, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the administration of grade 9 FCAT Mathematics shall be discontinued, and beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the administration of grade 10 FCAT Mathematics shall be discontinued, except as required for students who have not attained minimum performance expectations for graduation as provided in paragraph (9)(c). FCAT Writing and FCAT Science shall be administered at least once at the elementary, middle, and high school levels except, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the administration of FCAT Science at the high school level shall be discontinued.
2.a. End-of-course assessments for a subject shall be administered in addition to the comprehensive assessments required under subparagraph 1. End-of-course assessments must be rigorous, statewide, standardized, and developed or approved by the department. The content knowledge and skills assessed by end-of-course assessments must be aligned to the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
(I) Statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments in mathematics shall be administered according to this sub-sub-subparagraph. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, all students enrolled in Algebra I or an equivalent course must take the Algebra I end-of-course assessment. Students who earned high school credit in Algebra I while in grades 6 through 8 during the 2007-2008 through 2009-2010 school years and who have not taken Grade 10 FCAT Mathematics must take the Algebra I end-of-course assessment during the 2010-2011 school year. For students entering grade 9 during the 2010-2011 school year and who are enrolled in Algebra I or an equivalent, each student’s performance on the end-of-course assessment in Algebra I shall constitute 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2011-2012 school year, a student who is enrolled in Algebra I or an equivalent must earn a passing score on the end-of-course assessment in Algebra I or attain an equivalent score as described in subsection (11) in order to earn course credit. Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, all students enrolled in geometry or an equivalent course must take the geometry end-of-course assessment. For students entering grade 9 during the 2011-2012 school year, each student’s performance on the end-of-course assessment in geometry shall constitute 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. Beginning with students entering grade 9 during the 2012-2013 school year, a student must earn a passing score on the end-of-course assessment in geometry or attain an equivalent score as described in subsection (11) in order to earn course credit.
(II) Statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments in science shall be administered according to this sub-sub-subparagraph. Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, all students enrolled in Biology I or an equivalent course must take the Biology I end-of-course assessment. For the 2011-2012 school year, each student’s performance on the end-of-course assessment in Biology I shall constitute 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. Beginning with students entering grade 9 during the 2012-2013 school year, a student must earn a passing score on the end-of-course assessment in Biology I in order to earn course credit.
b. During the 2012-2013 school year, an end-of-course assessment in civics education shall be administered as a field test at the middle school level. During the 2013-2014 school year, each student’s performance on the statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment in civics education shall constitute 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, a student must earn a passing score on the end-of-course assessment in civics education in order to pass the course and receive course credit.
c. The commissioner may select one or more nationally developed comprehensive examinations, which may include, but need not be limited to, examinations for a College Board Advanced Placement course, International Baccalaureate course, or Advanced International Certificate of Education course, or industry-approved examinations to earn national industry certifications identified in the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education, for use as end-of-course assessments under this paragraph, if the commissioner determines that the content knowledge and skills assessed by the examinations meet or exceed the grade level expectations for the core curricular content established for the course in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The commissioner may collaborate with the American Diploma Project in the adoption or development of rigorous end-of-course assessments that are aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
d. Contingent upon funding provided in the General Appropriations Act, including the appropriation of funds received through federal grants, the Commissioner of Education shall establish an implementation schedule for the development and administration of additional statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments in English/Language Arts II, Algebra II, chemistry, physics, earth/space science, United States history, and world history. Priority shall be given to the development of end-of-course assessments in English/Language Arts II. The Commissioner of Education shall evaluate the feasibility and effect of transitioning from the grade 9 and grade 10 FCAT Reading and high school level FCAT Writing to an end-of-course assessment in English/Language Arts II. The commissioner shall report the results of the evaluation to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than July 1, 2011.
3. The testing program shall measure student content knowledge and skills adopted by the State Board of Education as specified in paragraph (a) and measure and report student performance levels of all students assessed in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The commissioner shall provide for the tests to be developed or obtained, as appropriate, through contracts and project agreements with private vendors, public vendors, public agencies, postsecondary educational institutions, or school districts. The commissioner shall obtain input with respect to the design and implementation of the testing program from state educators, assistive technology experts, and the public.
4. The testing program shall be composed of criterion-referenced tests that shall, to the extent determined by the commissioner, include test items that require the student to produce information or perform tasks in such a way that the core content knowledge and skills he or she uses can be measured.
5. FCAT Reading, Mathematics, and Science and all statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments shall measure the content knowledge and skills a student has attained on the assessment by the use of scaled scores and achievement levels. Achievement levels shall range from 1 through 5, with level 1 being the lowest achievement level, level 5 being the highest achievement level, and level 3 indicating satisfactory performance on an assessment. For purposes of FCAT Writing, student achievement shall be scored using a scale of 1 through 6 and the score earned shall be used in calculating school grades. A score shall be designated for each subject area tested, below which score a student’s performance is deemed inadequate. The school districts shall provide appropriate remedial instruction to students who score below these levels.
6. The State Board of Education shall, by rule, designate a passing score for each part of the grade 10 assessment test and end-of-course assessments. Any rule that has the effect of raising the required passing scores may apply only to students taking the assessment for the first time after the rule is adopted by the State Board of Education. Except as otherwise provided in this subparagraph and as provided in s. 1003.428(8)(b) or s. 1003.43(11)(b), students must earn a passing score on grade 10 FCAT Reading and grade 10 FCAT Mathematics or attain concordant scores as described in subsection (10) in order to qualify for a standard high school diploma.
7. In addition to designating a passing score under subparagraph 6., the State Board of Education shall also designate, by rule, a score for each statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment which indicates that a student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college-readiness standards by the time the student graduates from high school.
8. Participation in the testing program is mandatory for all students attending public school, including students served in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, except as otherwise prescribed by the commissioner. A student who has not earned passing scores on the grade 10 FCAT as provided in subparagraph 6. must participate in each retake of the assessment until the student earns passing scores or achieves scores on a standardized assessment which are concordant with passing scores pursuant to subsection (10). If a student does not participate in the statewide assessment, the district must notify the student’s parent and provide the parent with information regarding the implications of such nonparticipation. A parent must provide signed consent for a student to receive classroom instructional accommodations that would not be available or permitted on the statewide assessments and must acknowledge in writing that he or she understands the implications of such instructional accommodations. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules, based upon recommendations of the commissioner, for the provision of test accommodations for students in exceptional education programs and for students who have limited English proficiency. Accommodations that negate the validity of a statewide assessment are not allowable in the administration of the FCAT or an end-of-course assessment. However, instructional accommodations are allowable in the classroom if included in a student’s individual education plan. Students using instructional accommodations in the classroom that are not allowable as accommodations on the FCAT or an end-of-course assessment may have the FCAT or an end-of-course assessment requirement waived pursuant to the requirements of s. 1003.428(8)(b) or s. 1003.43(11)(b).
9. A student seeking an adult high school diploma must meet the same testing requirements that a regular high school student must meet.
10. District school boards must provide instruction to prepare students in the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards adopted under s. 1003.41, including the core content knowledge and skills necessary for successful grade-to-grade progression and high school graduation. If a student is provided with instructional accommodations in the classroom that are not allowable as accommodations in the statewide assessment program, as described in the test manuals, the district must inform the parent in writing and must provide the parent with information regarding the impact on the student’s ability to meet expected performance levels in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The commissioner shall conduct studies as necessary to verify that the required core curricular content is part of the district instructional programs.
11. District school boards must provide opportunities for students to demonstrate an acceptable performance level on an alternative standardized assessment approved by the State Board of Education following enrollment in summer academies.
12. The Department of Education must develop, or select, and implement a common battery of assessment tools that will be used in all juvenile justice programs in the state. These tools must accurately measure the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
13. For students seeking a special diploma pursuant to s. 1003.438, the Department of Education must develop or select and implement an alternate assessment tool that accurately measures the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for students with disabilities under s. 1003.438.
14. The Commissioner of Education shall establish schedules for the administration of statewide assessments and the reporting of student test results. When establishing the schedules for the administration of statewide assessments, the commissioner shall consider the observance of religious and school holidays. The commissioner shall, by August 1 of each year, notify each school district in writing and publish on the department’s Internet website the testing and reporting schedules for, at a minimum, the school year following the upcoming school year. The testing and reporting schedules shall require that:
a. There is the latest possible administration of statewide assessments and the earliest possible reporting to the school districts of student test results which is feasible within available technology and specific appropriations; however, test results for the FCAT must be made available no later than the week of June 8. Student results for end-of-course assessments must be provided no later than 1 week after the school district completes testing for each course.
b. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, FCAT Writing is not administered earlier than the week of March 1 and a comprehensive statewide assessment of any other subject is not administered earlier than the week of April 15.
c. A statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment is administered during a 3-week period at the end of the course. The commissioner shall select a 3-week administration period for assessments that meets the intent of end-of-course assessments and provides student results prior to the end of the course. School districts shall select 1 testing week within the 3-week administration period for each end-of-course assessment. For an end-of-course assessment administered at the end of the first semester, the commissioner shall determine the most appropriate testing dates based on a school district’s academic calendar.

The commissioner may, based on collaboration and input from school districts, design and implement student testing programs, for any grade level and subject area, necessary to effectively monitor educational achievement in the state, including the measurement of educational achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for students with disabilities. Development and refinement of assessments shall include universal design principles and accessibility standards that will prevent any unintended obstacles for students with disabilities while ensuring the validity and reliability of the test. These principles should be applicable to all technology platforms and assistive devices available for the assessments. The field testing process and psychometric analyses for the statewide assessment program must include an appropriate percentage of students with disabilities and an evaluation or determination of the effect of test items on such students.

(d) Conduct ongoing research to develop improved methods of assessing student performance, including, without limitation, the use of technology to administer tests, score, or report the results of, the use of electronic transfer of data, the development of work-product assessments, and the development of process assessments.
(e) Conduct ongoing research and analysis of student achievement data, including, without limitation, monitoring trends in student achievement by grade level and overall student achievement, identifying school programs that are successful, and analyzing correlates of school achievement.
(f) Provide technical assistance to school districts in the implementation of state and district testing programs and the use of the data produced pursuant to such programs.
(g) Study the cost and student achievement impact of secondary end-of-course assessments, including web-based and performance formats, and report to the Legislature prior to implementation.
(4) STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT PREPARATION; PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES.Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, a district school board shall prohibit each public school from suspending a regular program of curricula for purposes of administering practice tests or engaging in other test-preparation activities for a statewide assessment. However, a district school board may authorize a public school to engage in the following test-preparation activities for a statewide assessment:
(a) Distributing to students the sample test books and answer keys published by the Department of Education.
(b) Providing individualized instruction in test-taking strategies, without suspending the school’s regular program of curricula, for a student who scores at Level 1 or Level 2 on a prior administration of the statewide assessment.
(c) Providing individualized instruction in the content knowledge and skills assessed, without suspending the school’s regular program of curricula, for a student who scores at Level 1 or Level 2 on a prior administration of the statewide assessment or a student who, through a diagnostic assessment administered by the school district, is identified as having a deficiency in the content knowledge and skills assessed.
(d) Incorporating test-taking exercises and strategies into curricula for intensive reading and mathematics intervention courses.
(e) Administering a practice test or engaging in other test-preparation activities for the statewide assessment which are determined necessary to familiarize students with the organization of the assessment, the format of the test items, and the test directions, or which are otherwise necessary for the valid and reliable administration of the assessment, as set forth in rules adopted by the State Board of Education with specific reference to this paragraph.
(5) DISTRICT TESTING PROGRAMS.Each district school board shall periodically assess student performance and achievement within each school of the district. The assessment programs must be based on the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and any local goals and objectives that are compatible with the state plan for education and that supplement the core content knowledge and skills necessary for successful grade-to-grade progression and high school graduation. All school districts must participate in the statewide assessment program designed to measure annual student learning and school performance. All district school boards shall report assessment results as required by the state management information system.
(6) SCHOOL TESTING PROGRAMS.Each public school shall participate in the statewide assessment program in accordance with the testing and reporting schedules published by the Commissioner of Education under subparagraph (3)(c)14. unless specifically exempted by state board rule based on serving a specialized population for which standardized testing is not appropriate. Student performance data shall be analyzed and reported to parents, the community, and the state. Student performance data shall be used in developing objectives of the school improvement plan, evaluation of instructional personnel, evaluation of administrative personnel, assignment of staff, allocation of resources, acquisition of instructional materials and technology, performance-based budgeting, and promotion and assignment of students into educational programs. The analysis of student performance data also must identify strengths and needs in the educational program and trends over time. The analysis must be used in conjunction with the budgetary planning processes developed pursuant to s. 1008.385 and the development of the programs of remediation.
(7) REQUIRED ANALYSES.The commissioner shall provide, at a minimum, for the following analyses of data produced by the student achievement testing program:
(a) The statistical system for the annual assessments shall use measures of student learning, such as the FCAT, to determine teacher, school, and school district statistical distributions, which shall be determined using available data from the FCAT, and other data collection as deemed appropriate by the Department of Education, to measure the differences in student prior year achievement compared to the current year achievement for the purposes of accountability and recognition.
(b) The statistical system shall provide the best estimates of teacher, school, and school district effects on student progress. The approach used by the department shall be approved by the commissioner before implementation.
(c) The annual testing program shall be administered to provide for valid statewide comparisons of learning gains to be made for purposes of accountability and recognition. District school boards shall not establish school calendars that jeopardize or limit the valid testing and comparison of student learning gains.
(8) LOCAL ASSESSMENTS.Measurement of the learning gains of students in all subjects and grade levels other than subjects and grade levels required for the state student achievement testing program is the responsibility of the school districts.
(9) APPLICABILITY OF TESTING STANDARDS.
(a) If the Commissioner of Education revises a statewide assessment and the revisions require the State Board of Education to modify the assessment’s performance levels or modify the passing scores, until the state board adopts the modifications by rule, the commissioner shall use calculations for scoring the assessment which adjust student scores on the revised assessment for statistical equivalence to student scores on the former assessment.
(b) A student must attain the passing scores on the statewide assessment required for a standard high school diploma or for high school course credits under sub-sub-subparagraphs (3)(c)2.a.(I) and (II) which are in effect at the time the student enters grade 9. If a student transfers into a high school, the school principal shall determine, in accordance with State Board of Education rule, whether the student must take an end-of-course assessment in a course for which the student has credit that was earned from the previous school.
(c) If the commissioner revises a statewide assessment and the revisions require the State Board of Education to modify the passing scores required for a standard high school diploma or for high school course credits under sub-sub-subparagraphs (3)(c)2.a.(I) and (II), the commissioner may, with approval of the state board, discontinue administration of the former assessment upon the graduation, based on normal student progression, of students participating in the final regular administration of the former assessment. The state board shall adopt by rule passing scores for the revised assessment which are statistically equivalent to passing scores on the discontinued assessment for a student required under paragraph (b) to attain passing scores on the discontinued assessment.
(10) CONCORDANT SCORES FOR THE FCAT.
(a) The Commissioner of Education shall analyze the content and concordant data sets for nationally recognized high school achievement tests, including, but not limited to, the PSAT, PLAN, SAT, ACT, and College Placement Test, to assess if concordant scores for FCAT scores can be determined for high school graduation. When content alignment and concordant scores can be determined, the Commissioner of Education shall adopt those scores as meeting the graduation requirement in lieu of achieving the FCAT passing score and may adopt those scores as being sufficient to achieve additional purposes as determined by rule. Each time that test content or scoring procedures change for the FCAT or for a high school achievement test for which a concordant score is determined, new concordant scores must be determined.
(b) The State Board of Education may define by rule the allowable uses, other than to satisfy the high school graduation requirement, for concordant scores as described in this subsection. Such uses may include, but need not be limited to, achieving appropriate standardized test scores required for the awarding of Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and college placement.
(11) EQUIVALENT SCORES FOR END-OF-COURSE ASSESSMENTS.
(a) The Commissioner of Education shall analyze the content and equivalent data sets for nationally recognized high school achievement tests and industry certification tests under the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education, including, but not limited to, grade 10 FCAT Mathematics retakes until such retakes are discontinued pursuant to subsection (9), the PSAT, the PLAN, the SAT, the ACT, and the College Placement Test, to assess if equivalent scores for end-of-course assessment scores can be determined for passage of an end-of-course assessment. When content alignment and equivalent scores can be determined, the Commissioner of Education shall adopt those scores as meeting the requirement to pass the end-of-course assessment and as being sufficient to achieve additional purposes as determined by rule. Each time that assessment content or scoring procedures change for an end-of-course assessment or for a high school achievement test or an industry certification test under the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education for which an equivalent score is determined, new equivalent scores must be determined.
(b) Use of an equivalent score adopted by the State Board of Education under paragraph (a) for purposes of grade adjustment, grade forgiveness, or course credit recovery is contingent upon and subject to district school board rules.
(12) REPORTS.The Department of Education shall annually provide a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the following:
(a) Longitudinal performance of students in mathematics and reading.
(b) Longitudinal performance of students by grade level in mathematics and reading.
(c) Longitudinal performance regarding efforts to close the achievement gap.
(d) Other student performance data based on national norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests, when available, and numbers of students who after 8th grade enroll in adult education rather than other secondary education.
(13) RULES.The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this section.
History.s. 368, ch. 2002-387; s. 7, ch. 2003-8; s. 2, ch. 2003-413; s. 49, ch. 2004-41; s. 3, ch. 2004-42; s. 5, ch. 2004-271; s. 40, ch. 2006-74; s. 174, ch. 2007-5; s. 7, ch. 2008-142; s. 18, ch. 2008-235; s. 99, ch. 2009-21; s. 8, ch. 2010-22; s. 4, ch. 2010-48.
1008.23 Confidentiality of assessment instruments.All examination and assessment instruments, including developmental materials and workpapers directly related thereto, which are prepared, prescribed, or administered pursuant to ss. 1003.43, 1008.22, and 1008.25 shall be confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and from s. 1001.52. Provisions governing access, maintenance, and destruction of such instruments and related materials shall be prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education.
History.s. 369, ch. 2002-387.
1008.24 Test security.
(1) It is unlawful for anyone knowingly and willfully to violate test security rules adopted by the State Board of Education for mandatory tests administered by or through the State Board of Education or the Commissioner of Education to students, educators, or applicants for certification or administered by school districts pursuant to s. 1008.22, or, with respect to any such test, knowingly and willfully to:
(a) Give examinees access to test questions prior to testing;
(b) Copy, reproduce, or use in any manner inconsistent with test security rules all or any portion of any secure test booklet;
(c) Coach examinees during testing or alter or interfere with examinees’ responses in any way;
(d) Make answer keys available to examinees;
(e) Fail to follow security rules for distribution and return of secure test as directed, or fail to account for all secure test materials before, during, and after testing;
(f) Fail to follow test administration directions specified in the test administration manuals; or
(g) Participate in, direct, aid, counsel, assist in, or encourage any of the acts prohibited in this section.
(2) Any person who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3)(a) A district school superintendent, a president of a public postsecondary educational institution, or a president of a nonpublic postsecondary educational institution shall cooperate with the Commissioner of Education in any investigation concerning the administration of a test administered pursuant to state statute or rule.
(b) The identity of a school or postsecondary educational institution, the personally identifiable information of any personnel of any school district or postsecondary educational institution, or any specific allegations of misconduct obtained or reported pursuant to an investigation conducted by the Department of Education of a testing impropriety are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution until the conclusion of the investigation or until such time as the investigation ceases to be active. For the purpose of this paragraph, an investigation shall be deemed concluded upon a finding that no impropriety has occurred, upon the conclusion of any resulting preliminary investigation pursuant to s. 1012.796, upon the completion of any resulting investigation by a law enforcement agency, or upon the referral of the matter to an employer who has the authority to take disciplinary action against an individual who is suspected of a testing impropriety. For the purpose of this paragraph, an investigation shall be considered active so long as it is ongoing and there is a reasonable, good faith anticipation that an administrative finding will be made in the foreseeable future. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2014, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
History.s. 370, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2009-143.
1008.25 Public school student progression; remedial instruction; reporting requirements.
(1) INTENT.It is the intent of the Legislature that each student’s progression from one grade to another be determined, in part, upon proficiency in reading, writing, science, and mathematics; that district school board policies facilitate such proficiency; and that each student and his or her parent be informed of that student’s academic progress.
(2) COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM.Each district school board shall establish a comprehensive program for student progression which must include:
(a) Standards for evaluating each student’s performance, including how well he or she masters the performance standards approved by the State Board of Education.
(b) Specific levels of performance in reading, writing, science, and mathematics for each grade level, including the levels of performance on statewide assessments as defined by the commissioner, below which a student must receive remediation, or be retained within an intensive program that is different from the previous year’s program and that takes into account the student’s learning style.
(c) Appropriate alternative placement for a student who has been retained 2 or more years.
(3) ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.District school boards shall allocate remedial and supplemental instruction resources to students in the following priority:
(a) Students who are deficient in reading by the end of grade 3.
(b) Students who fail to meet performance levels required for promotion consistent with the district school board’s plan for student progression required in paragraph (2)(b).
(4) ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION.
(a) Each student must participate in the statewide assessment tests required by s. 1008.22. Each student who does not meet specific levels of performance as determined by the district school board in FCAT reading, writing, science, and mathematics for each grade level, or who scores below Level 3 in FCAT reading or FCAT mathematics, must be provided with additional diagnostic assessments to determine the nature of the student’s difficulty, the areas of academic need, and strategies for appropriate intervention and instruction as described in paragraph (b).
(b) The school in which the student is enrolled must develop, in consultation with the student’s parent, and must implement a progress monitoring plan. A progress monitoring plan is intended to provide the school district and the school flexibility in meeting the academic needs of the student and to reduce paperwork. A student who is not meeting the school district or state requirements for proficiency in reading and math shall be covered by one of the following plans to target instruction and identify ways to improve his or her academic achievement:
1. A federally required student plan such as an individual education plan;
2. A schoolwide system of progress monitoring for all students; or
3. An individualized progress monitoring plan.

The plan chosen must be designed to assist the student or the school in meeting state and district expectations for proficiency. If the student has been identified as having a deficiency in reading, the K-12 comprehensive reading plan required by s. 1011.62(9) shall include instructional and support services to be provided to meet the desired levels of performance. District school boards may require low-performing students to attend remediation programs held before or after regular school hours or during the summer if transportation is provided.

(c) Upon subsequent evaluation, if the documented deficiency has not been remediated, the student may be retained. Each student who does not meet the minimum performance expectations defined by the Commissioner of Education for the statewide assessment tests in reading, writing, science, and mathematics must continue to be provided with remedial or supplemental instruction until the expectations are met or the student graduates from high school or is not subject to compulsory school attendance.
(5) READING DEFICIENCY AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION.
(a) It is the ultimate goal of the Legislature that every student read at or above grade level. Any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, based upon locally determined or statewide assessments conducted in kindergarten or grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3, or through teacher observations, must be given intensive reading instruction immediately following the identification of the reading deficiency. The student’s reading proficiency must be reassessed by locally determined assessments or through teacher observations at the beginning of the grade following the intensive reading instruction. The student must continue to be provided with intensive reading instruction until the reading deficiency is remedied.
(b) Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, if the student’s reading deficiency, as identified in paragraph (a), is not remedied by the end of grade 3, as demonstrated by scoring at Level 2 or higher on the statewide assessment test in reading for grade 3, the student must be retained.
(c) The parent of any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, as described in paragraph (a), must be notified in writing of the following:
1. That his or her child has been identified as having a substantial deficiency in reading.
2. A description of the current services that are provided to the child.
3. A description of the proposed supplemental instructional services and supports that will be provided to the child that are designed to remediate the identified area of reading deficiency.
4. That if the child’s reading deficiency is not remediated by the end of grade 3, the child must be retained unless he or she is exempt from mandatory retention for good cause.
5. Strategies for parents to use in helping their child succeed in reading proficiency.
6. That the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is not the sole determiner of promotion and that additional evaluations, portfolio reviews, and assessments are available to the child to assist parents and the school district in knowing when a child is reading at or above grade level and ready for grade promotion.
7. The district’s specific criteria and policies for midyear promotion. Midyear promotion means promotion of a retained student at any time during the year of retention once the student has demonstrated ability to read at grade level.
(6) ELIMINATION OF SOCIAL PROMOTION.
(a) No student may be assigned to a grade level based solely on age or other factors that constitute social promotion.
(b) The district school board may only exempt students from mandatory retention, as provided in paragraph (5)(b), for good cause. Good cause exemptions shall be limited to the following:
1. Limited English proficient students who have had less than 2 years of instruction in an English for Speakers of Other Languages program.
2. Students with disabilities whose individual education plan indicates that participation in the statewide assessment program is not appropriate, consistent with the requirements of State Board of Education rule.
3. Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the State Board of Education.
4. Students who demonstrate, through a student portfolio, that the student is reading on grade level as evidenced by demonstration of mastery of the Sunshine State Standards in reading equal to at least a Level 2 performance on the FCAT.
5. Students with disabilities who participate in the FCAT and who have an individual education plan or a Section 504 plan that reflects that the student has received intensive remediation in reading for more than 2 years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3.
6. Students who have received intensive remediation in reading for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 for a total of 2 years. Intensive reading instruction for students so promoted must include an altered instructional day that includes specialized diagnostic information and specific reading strategies for each student. The district school board shall assist schools and teachers to implement reading strategies that research has shown to be successful in improving reading among low-performing readers.
(c) Requests for good cause exemptions for students from the mandatory retention requirement as described in subparagraphs (b)3. and 4. shall be made consistent with the following:
1. Documentation shall be submitted from the student’s teacher to the school principal that indicates that the promotion of the student is appropriate and is based upon the student’s academic record. In order to minimize paperwork requirements, such documentation shall consist only of the existing progress monitoring plan, individual educational plan, if applicable, report card, or student portfolio.
2. The school principal shall review and discuss such recommendation with the teacher and make the determination as to whether the student should be promoted or retained. If the school principal determines that the student should be promoted, the school principal shall make such recommendation in writing to the district school superintendent. The district school superintendent shall accept or reject the school principal’s recommendation in writing.
(7) SUCCESSFUL PROGRESSION FOR RETAINED READERS.
(a) Students retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) must be provided intensive interventions in reading to ameliorate the student’s specific reading deficiency, as identified by a valid and reliable diagnostic assessment. This intensive intervention must include effective instructional strategies, participation in the school district’s summer reading camp, and appropriate teaching methodologies necessary to assist those students in becoming successful readers, able to read at or above grade level, and ready for promotion to the next grade.
(b) Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, each school district shall:
1. Conduct a review of student progress monitoring plans for all students who did not score above Level 1 on the reading portion of the FCAT and did not meet the criteria for one of the good cause exemptions in paragraph (6)(b). The review shall address additional supports and services, as described in this subsection, needed to remediate the identified areas of reading deficiency. The school district shall require a student portfolio to be completed for each such student.
2. Provide students who are retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) with intensive instructional services and supports to remediate the identified areas of reading deficiency, including a minimum of 90 minutes of daily, uninterrupted, scientifically research-based reading instruction and other strategies prescribed by the school district, which may include, but are not limited to:
a. Small group instruction.
b. Reduced teacher-student ratios.
c. More frequent progress monitoring.
d. Tutoring or mentoring.
e. Transition classes containing 3rd and 4th grade students.
f. Extended school day, week, or year.
g. Summer reading camps.
3. Provide written notification to the parent of any student who is retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) that his or her child has not met the proficiency level required for promotion and the reasons the child is not eligible for a good cause exemption as provided in paragraph (6)(b). The notification must comply with the provisions of s. 1002.20(15) and must include a description of proposed interventions and supports that will be provided to the child to remediate the identified areas of reading deficiency.
4. Implement a policy for the midyear promotion of any student retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) who can demonstrate that he or she is a successful and independent reader, reading at or above grade level, and ready to be promoted to grade 4. Tools that school districts may use in reevaluating any student retained may include subsequent assessments, alternative assessments, and portfolio reviews, in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education. Students promoted during the school year after November 1 must demonstrate proficiency above that required to score at Level 2 on the grade 3 FCAT, as determined by the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education shall adopt standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the student’s progress is sufficient to master appropriate 4th grade level reading skills.
5. Provide students who are retained under the provisions of paragraph (5)(b) with a high-performing teacher as determined by student performance data and above-satisfactory performance appraisals.
6. In addition to required reading enhancement and acceleration strategies, provide parents of students to be retained with at least one of the following instructional options:
a. Supplemental tutoring in scientifically research-based reading services in addition to the regular reading block, including tutoring before and/or after school.
b. A “Read at Home” plan outlined in a parental contract, including participation in “Families Building Better Readers Workshops” and regular parent-guided home reading.
c. A mentor or tutor with specialized reading training.
7. Establish a Reading Enhancement and Acceleration Development (READ) Initiative. The focus of the READ Initiative shall be to prevent the retention of grade 3 students and to offer intensive accelerated reading instruction to grade 3 students who failed to meet standards for promotion to grade 4 and to each K-3 student who is assessed as exhibiting a reading deficiency. The READ Initiative shall:
a. Be provided to all K-3 students at risk of retention as identified by the statewide assessment system used in Reading First schools. The assessment must measure phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
b. Be provided during regular school hours in addition to the regular reading instruction.
c. Provide a state-identified reading curriculum that has been reviewed by the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University and meets, at a minimum, the following specifications:
(I) Assists students assessed as exhibiting a reading deficiency in developing the ability to read at grade level.
(II) Provides skill development in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
(III) Provides scientifically based and reliable assessment.
(IV) Provides initial and ongoing analysis of each student’s reading progress.
(V) Is implemented during regular school hours.
(VI) Provides a curriculum in core academic subjects to assist the student in maintaining or meeting proficiency levels for the appropriate grade in all academic subjects.
8. Establish at each school, where applicable, an Intensive Acceleration Class for retained grade 3 students who subsequently score at Level 1 on the reading portion of the FCAT. The focus of the Intensive Acceleration Class shall be to increase a child’s reading level at least two grade levels in 1 school year. The Intensive Acceleration Class shall:
a. Be provided to any student in grade 3 who scores at Level 1 on the reading portion of the FCAT and who was retained in grade 3 the prior year because of scoring at Level 1 on the reading portion of the FCAT.
b. Have a reduced teacher-student ratio.
c. Provide uninterrupted reading instruction for the majority of student contact time each day and incorporate opportunities to master the grade 4 Sunshine State Standards in other core subject areas.
d. Use a reading program that is scientifically research-based and has proven results in accelerating student reading achievement within the same school year.
e. Provide intensive language and vocabulary instruction using a scientifically research-based program, including use of a speech-language therapist.
f. Include weekly progress monitoring measures to ensure progress is being made.
g. Report to the Department of Education, in the manner described by the department, the progress of students in the class at the end of the first semester.
9. Report to the State Board of Education, as requested, on the specific intensive reading interventions and supports implemented at the school district level. The Commissioner of Education shall annually prescribe the required components of requested reports.
10. Provide a student who has been retained in grade 3 and has received intensive instructional services but is still not ready for grade promotion, as determined by the school district, the option of being placed in a transitional instructional setting. Such setting shall specifically be designed to produce learning gains sufficient to meet grade 4 performance standards while continuing to remediate the areas of reading deficiency.
(8) ANNUAL REPORT.
(a) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (5)(b), each district school board must annually report to the parent of each student the progress of the student toward achieving state and district expectations for proficiency in reading, writing, science, and mathematics. The district school board must report to the parent the student’s results on each statewide assessment test. The evaluation of each student’s progress must be based upon the student’s classroom work, observations, tests, district and state assessments, and other relevant information. Progress reporting must be provided to the parent in writing in a format adopted by the district school board.
(b) Each district school board must annually publish in the local newspaper, and report in writing to the State Board of Education by September 1 of each year, the following information on the prior school year:
1. The provisions of this section relating to public school student progression and the district school board’s policies and procedures on student retention and promotion.
2. By grade, the number and percentage of all students in grades 3 through 10 performing at Levels 1 and 2 on the reading portion of the FCAT.
3. By grade, the number and percentage of all students retained in grades 3 through 10.
4. Information on the total number of students who were promoted for good cause, by each category of good cause as specified in paragraph (6)(b).
5. Any revisions to the district school board’s policy on student retention and promotion from the prior year.
(c) The Department of Education shall establish a uniform format for school districts to report the information required in paragraph (b). The format shall be developed with input from district school boards and shall be provided not later than 90 days prior to the annual due date. The department shall annually compile the information required in subparagraphs (b)2., 3., and 4., along with state-level summary information, and report such information to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(9) STATE BOARD AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
(a) The State Board of Education shall have authority as provided in s. 1008.32 to enforce this section.
(b) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 for the administration of this section.
(10) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.The department shall provide technical assistance as needed to aid district school boards in administering this section.
History.s. 371, ch. 2002-387; s. 8, ch. 2003-118; s. 6, ch. 2004-42; s. 6, ch. 2004-255; s. 119, ch. 2006-1; s. 42, ch. 2006-74; s. 186, ch. 2008-4; s. 9, ch. 2010-22.
1008.30 Common placement testing for public postsecondary education.
(1) The State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, shall develop and implement a common placement test for the purpose of assessing the basic computation and communication skills of students who intend to enter a degree program at any public postsecondary educational institution. Public postsecondary educational institutions shall provide appropriate modifications of the test instruments or test procedures for students with disabilities.
(2) The common placement testing program shall include at a minimum the following: the capacity to diagnose basic competencies in the areas of English, reading, and mathematics which are essential to perform college-level work; prerequisite skills that relate to progressively advanced instruction in mathematics, such as algebra and geometry; prerequisite skills that relate to progressively advanced instruction in language arts, such as English composition and literature; prerequisite skills which relate to the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST); and provision of test information to students on the specific deficiencies.
(3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules that require high schools to evaluate before the beginning of grade 12 the college readiness of each student who indicates an interest in postsecondary education and scores at Level 2 or Level 3 on the reading portion of the grade 10 FCAT or Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 on the mathematics assessments under s. 1008.22(3)(c). High schools shall perform this evaluation using results from the corresponding component of the common placement test prescribed in this section, or an equivalent test identified by the State Board of Education. The Department of Education shall purchase or develop the assessments necessary to perform the evaluations required by this subsection and shall work with the school districts to administer the assessments. The State Board of Education shall establish by rule the minimum test scores a student must achieve to demonstrate readiness. Students who demonstrate readiness by achieving the minimum test scores established by the state board and enroll in a 1community college within 2 years of achieving such scores shall not be required to enroll in remediation courses as a condition of acceptance to any 1community college. The high school shall use the results of the test to advise the students of any identified deficiencies and to the maximum extent practicable provide 12th grade students access to appropriate remedial instruction prior to high school graduation. The remedial instruction provided under this subsection shall be a collaborative effort between secondary and postsecondary educational institutions. To the extent courses are available, the Florida Virtual School may be used to provide the remedial instruction required by this subsection.
(4)(a) Public postsecondary educational institution students who have been identified as requiring additional preparation pursuant to subsection (1) shall enroll in college-preparatory or other adult education pursuant to s. 1004.93 in 1community colleges to develop needed college-entry skills. These students shall be permitted to take courses within their degree program concurrently in other curriculum areas for which they are qualified while enrolled in college-preparatory instruction courses. A student enrolled in a college-preparatory course may concurrently enroll only in college credit courses that do not require the skills addressed in the college-preparatory course. The State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, shall specify the college credit courses that are acceptable for students enrolled in each college-preparatory skill area. A student who wishes to earn an associate in arts or a baccalaureate degree, but who is required to complete a college-preparatory course, must successfully complete the required college-preparatory studies by the time the student has accumulated 12 hours of lower-division college credit degree coursework; however, a student may continue enrollment in degree-earning coursework provided the student maintains enrollment in college-preparatory coursework for each subsequent semester until college-preparatory coursework requirements are completed, and the student demonstrates satisfactory performance in degree-earning coursework. A passing score on a standardized, institutionally developed test must be achieved before a student is considered to have met basic computation and communication skills requirements; however, no student shall be required to retake any test or subtest that was previously passed by said student. Credit awarded for college-preparatory instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the number of credits required for a degree.
(b) A university board of trustees may contract with a 1community college board of trustees for the 1community college to provide such instruction on the state university campus. Any state university in which the percentage of incoming students requiring college-preparatory instruction equals or exceeds the average percentage of such students for the 1community college system may offer college-preparatory instruction without contracting with a 1community college; however, any state university offering college-preparatory instruction as of January 1, 1996, may continue to provide such services.
(5) A student may not be enrolled in a college credit mathematics or English course on a dual enrollment basis unless the student has demonstrated adequate precollegiate preparation on the section of the basic computation and communication skills assessment required pursuant to subsection (1) that is appropriate for successful student participation in the course.
History.s. 373, ch. 2002-387; s. 124, ch. 2007-217; s. 19, ch. 2008-235; s. 10, ch. 2010-22.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
PART II
ACCOUNTABILITY, K-20
1008.31 Florida’s K-20 education performance accountability system; legislative intent; mission, goals, and systemwide measures; data quality improvements.
1008.32 State Board of Education oversight enforcement authority.
1008.33 Authority to enforce public school improvement.
1008.331 Supplemental educational services in Title I schools; school district, provider, and department responsibilities.
1008.332 Committee of practitioners pursuant to federal No Child Left Behind Act.
1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; district grade.
1008.341 School improvement rating for alternative schools.
1008.345 Implementation of state system of school improvement and education accountability.
1008.35 Best financial management practices for school districts; standards; reviews; designation of school districts.
1008.36 Florida School Recognition Program.
1008.37 Postsecondary feedback of information to high schools.
1008.38 Articulation accountability process.
1008.385 Educational planning and information systems.
1008.386 Social security numbers used as student identification numbers.
1008.39 Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program.
1008.40 Workforce Development Information System.
1008.405 Adult student information.
1008.41 Workforce education; management information system.
1008.42 Public information on career education programs.
1008.43 Career program reporting requirements.
1008.45 1Community college accountability process.
1008.46 State university accountability process.
1008.31 Florida’s K-20 education performance accountability system; legislative intent; mission, goals, and systemwide measures; data quality improvements.
(1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.It is the intent of the Legislature that:
(a) The performance accountability system implemented to assess the effectiveness of Florida’s seamless K-20 education delivery system provide answers to the following questions in relation to its mission and goals:
1. What is the public receiving in return for funds it invests in education?
2. How effectively is Florida’s K-20 education system educating its students?
3. How effectively are the major delivery sectors promoting student achievement?
4. How are individual schools and postsecondary education institutions performing their responsibility to educate their students as measured by how students are performing and how much they are learning?
(b) The K-20 education performance accountability system be established as a single, unified accountability system with multiple components, including, but not limited to, measures of adequate yearly progress, individual student learning gains in public schools, school grades, and return on investment.
(c) The K-20 education performance accountability system comply with the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,” Pub. L. No. 107-110, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
(d) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the State University System recommend to the Legislature systemwide performance standards; the Legislature establish systemwide performance measures and standards; and the systemwide measures and standards provide Floridians with information on what the public is receiving in return for the funds it invests in education and how well the K-20 system educates its students.
(e)1. The State Board of Education establish performance measures and set performance standards for individual public schools and 1community colleges, with measures and standards based primarily on student achievement.
2. The Board of Governors of the State University System establish performance measures and set performance standards for individual state universities, including actual completion rates.
(2) MISSION, GOALS, AND SYSTEMWIDE MEASURES.
(a) The mission of Florida’s K-20 education system shall be to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by allowing them the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities.
(b) The process for establishing state and sector-specific standards and measures must be:
1. Focused on student success.
2. Addressable through policy and program changes.
3. Efficient and of high quality.
4. Measurable over time.
5. Simple to explain and display to the public.
6. Aligned with other measures and other sectors to support a coordinated K-20 education system.
(c) The Department of Education shall maintain an accountability system that measures student progress toward the following goals:
1. Highest student achievement, as indicated by evidence of student learning gains at all levels.
2. Seamless articulation and maximum access, as measured by evidence of progression, readiness, and access by targeted groups of students identified by the Commissioner of Education.
3. Skilled workforce and economic development, as measured by evidence of employment and earnings.
4. Quality efficient services, as measured by evidence of return on investment.
5. Other goals as identified by law or rule.
(3) K-20 EDUCATION DATA QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS.To provide data required to implement education performance accountability measures in state and federal law, the Commissioner of Education shall initiate and maintain strategies to improve data quality and timeliness. All data collected from state universities shall, as determined by the commissioner, be integrated into the K-20 data warehouse. The commissioner shall have unlimited access to such data solely for the purposes of conducting studies, reporting annual and longitudinal student outcomes, and improving college readiness and articulation. All public educational institutions shall provide data to the K-20 data warehouse in a format specified by the commissioner.
(a) School districts and public postsecondary educational institutions shall maintain information systems that will provide the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors of the State University System, and the Legislature with information and reports necessary to address the specifications of the accountability system. The level of comprehensiveness and quality shall be no less than that which was available as of June 30, 2001.
(b) The Commissioner of Education shall determine the standards for the required data, monitor data quality, and measure improvements. The commissioner shall report annually to the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors of the State University System, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives data quality indicators and ratings for all school districts and public postsecondary educational institutions.
(c) The commissioner shall continuously monitor and review the collection of paperwork, data, and reports by school districts and complete an annual review of such collection no later than June 1 of each year. The annual review must include recommendations for consolidating paperwork, data, and reports, wherever feasible, in order to reduce the burdens on school districts.
(d) By July 1 of each year, the commissioner shall prepare a report assisting the school districts in eliminating or consolidating paperwork, data, and reports by providing suggestions, technical assistance, and guidance.
(e) Before establishing any new reporting or data collection requirements, the Commissioner of Education shall utilize existing data being collected to reduce duplication and minimize paperwork.
(4) RULES.The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this section relating to the K-20 data warehouse.
History.s. 375, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2003-80; s. 13, ch. 2005-56; s. 44, ch. 2006-74; s. 20, ch. 2008-235; s. 199, ch. 2010-102.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.32 State Board of Education oversight enforcement authority.The State Board of Education shall oversee the performance of district school boards and 1community college boards of trustees in enforcement of all laws and rules. District school boards and 1community college boards of trustees shall be primarily responsible for compliance with law and state board rule.
(1) In order to ensure compliance with law or state board rule, the State Board of Education shall have the authority to request and receive information, data, and reports from school districts and 1community colleges. District school superintendents and 1community college presidents are responsible for the accuracy of the information and data reported to the state board.
(2) The Commissioner of Education may investigate allegations of noncompliance with law or state board rule and determine probable cause. The commissioner shall report determinations of probable cause to the State Board of Education which shall require the district school board or 1community college board of trustees to document compliance with law or state board rule.
(3) If the district school board or 1community college board of trustees cannot satisfactorily document compliance, the State Board of Education may order compliance within a specified timeframe.
(4) If the State Board of Education determines that a district school board or 1community college board of trustees is unwilling or unable to comply with law or state board rule within the specified time, the state board shall have the authority to initiate any of the following actions:
(a) Report to the Legislature that the school district or 1community college has been unwilling or unable to comply with law or state board rule and recommend action to be taken by the Legislature.
(b) Reduce the discretionary lottery appropriation until the school district or 1community college complies with the law or state board rule.
(c) Withhold the transfer of state funds, discretionary grant funds, or any other funds specified as eligible for this purpose by the Legislature until the school district or 1community college complies with the law or state board rule.
(d) Declare the school district or 1community college ineligible for competitive grants.
(e) Require monthly or periodic reporting on the situation related to noncompliance until it is remedied.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be construed to create a private cause of action or create any rights for individuals or entities in addition to those provided elsewhere in law or rule.
History.s. 376, ch. 2002-387; s. 51, ch. 2004-41; s. 125, ch. 2007-217.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.33 Authority to enforce public school improvement.
(1) The State Board of Education shall comply with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), 20 U.S.C. ss. 6301 et seq., and its implementing regulations. The State Board of Education is authorized to adopt rules in compliance with the ESEA and, after evaluating and determining that the ESEA and its implementing regulations are consistent with the statements of purpose set forth in the ESEA (2002), may adopt rules to maintain compliance with the ESEA.
(2)(a) Pursuant to subsection (1) and ss. 1008.34, 1008.345, and 1008.385, the State Board of Education shall hold all school districts and public schools accountable for student performance. The state board is responsible for a state system of school improvement and education accountability that assesses student performance by school, identifies schools in which students are not making adequate progress toward state standards, and institutes appropriate measures for enforcing improvement.
(b) The state system of school improvement and education accountability must provide for uniform accountability standards, provide assistance of escalating intensity to low-performing schools, direct support to schools in order to improve and sustain performance, focus on the performance of student subgroups, and enhance student performance.
(c) School districts must be held accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students and for identifying and turning around low-performing schools.
(3)(a) The academic performance of all students has a significant effect on the state school system. Pursuant to Art. IX of the State Constitution, which prescribes the duty of the State Board of Education to supervise Florida’s public school system, the State Board of Education shall equitably enforce the accountability requirements of the state school system and may impose state requirements on school districts in order to improve the academic performance of all districts, schools, and students based upon the provisions of the Florida K-20 Education Code, chapters 1000-1013, and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. ss. 6301 et seq., and its implementing regulations.
(b) For the purpose of determining whether a public school requires action to achieve a sufficient level of school improvement, the Department of Education shall annually categorize a public school in one of six categories based on the school’s grade, pursuant to s. 1008.34, and the level and rate of change in student performance in the areas of reading and mathematics, disaggregated into student subgroups as described in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. s. 6311(b)(2)(C)(v)(II).
(c) Appropriate intervention and support strategies shall be applied to schools that require action to achieve a sufficient level of improvement as described in paragraph (b). The intervention and support strategies must address student performance, including, but not limited to, improvement planning, leadership quality improvement, educator quality improvement, professional development, curriculum alignment and pacing, and the use of continuous improvement and monitoring plans and processes. The State Board of Education may prescribe reporting requirements to review and monitor the progress of the schools.
(4) The Department of Education shall create a matrix that reflects intervention and support strategies to address the particular needs of schools in each category.
(a) Intervention and support strategies shall be applied to schools based upon the school categorization. The Department of Education shall apply the most intense intervention strategies to the lowest-performing schools. For all but the lowest category and “F” schools in the second lowest category, the intervention and support strategies shall be administered solely by the districts and the schools.
(b) The lowest-performing schools are schools that have received:
1. A grade of “F” in the most recent school year and in 4 of the last 6 years; or
2. A grade of “D” or “F” in the most recent school year and meet at least three of the following criteria:
a. The percentage of students who are not proficient in reading has increased when compared to measurements taken 5 years previously;
b. The percentage of students who are not proficient in mathematics has increased when compared to measurements taken 5 years previously;
c. At least 65 percent of the school’s students are not proficient in reading; or
d. At least 65 percent of the school’s students are not proficient in mathematics.
(5)(a) In the school year after a school is initially identified as a school in the lowest-performing category, the school district must submit a plan, which is subject to approval by the State Board of Education, for implementing one of the following options at the beginning of the next school year. The plan must be implemented unless the school moves from the lowest-performing category:
1. Convert the school to a district-managed turnaround school by means that include implementing a turnaround plan approved by the Commissioner of Education which shall become the school’s improvement plan;
2. Reassign students to another school and monitor the progress of each reassigned student;
3. Close the school and reopen the school as one or more charter schools, each with a governing board that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness; or
4. Contract with an outside entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness to operate the school.
(b) If a school does not move from the lowest-performing category during the initial year of implementing one of the options in paragraph (a), the school district must submit a plan, which is subject to approval by the State Board of Education, for implementing a different option in paragraph (a) at the beginning of the next school year, unless the State Board of Education determines that the school is likely to move from the lowest-performing category if additional time is provided to implement intervention and support strategies. The State Board of Education shall determine whether a school district may continue to implement an option beyond 1 year while a school remains in the lowest-performing category.
(6) In order to advance to a higher category, a school must make significant progress by improving its school grade and by increasing student performance in mathematics and reading. Student performance must be evaluated for each student subgroup as set forth in paragraph (3)(b).
(7) Beginning July 1, 2009, the Department of Education shall commence its duties under this section.
(8) By July 1, 2010, the State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section. The state board shall consult with education stakeholders in developing the rules.
History.s. 377, ch. 2002-387; s. 1954, ch. 2003-261; s. 45, ch. 2006-74; s. 175, ch. 2007-5; s. 21, ch. 2008-108; s. 3, ch. 2009-144.
1008.331 Supplemental educational services in Title I schools; school district, provider, and department responsibilities.
(1) INCENTIVES.A provider or school district may not provide incentives to entice a student or a student’s parent to choose a provider. After a provider has been chosen, the student may be awarded incentives for performance or attendance, the total value of which may not exceed $50 per student per year.
(2) RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PROVIDER.
(a) School districts must create a streamlined parent enrollment and provider selection process for supplemental educational services and ensure that the process enables eligible students to begin receiving supplemental educational services no later than October 15 of each school year.
(b) Supplemental educational services enrollment forms must be made freely available to the parents of eligible students and providers both prior to and after the start of the school year.
(c) School districts must provide notification to parents of students eligible to receive supplemental educational services prior to and after the start of the school year. Notification shall include contact information for state-approved providers as well as the enrollment form, clear instructions, and timeline for the selection of providers and commencement of services.
(d) State-approved supplemental educational services providers must be able to provide services to eligible students no later than October 15 of each school year contingent upon their receipt of their district-approved student enrollment lists at least 20 days prior to the start date.
(e) In the event that the contract with a state-approved provider is signed less than 20 days prior to October 15, the provider shall be afforded no less than 20 days from the date the contract was executed to begin delivering services.
(f) A school district must hold open student enrollment for supplemental educational services unless or until it has obtained a written election to receive or reject services from parents in accordance with paragraph (3)(a).
(g) School districts, using the same policies applied to other organizations that have access to school sites, shall provide access to school facilities to providers that wish to use these sites for supplemental educational services. A school district with a student population in excess of 300,000 may only charge a state-approved supplemental educational services provider facility rental fees for the actual hours that the classrooms are used for tutoring by the provider.
(3) COMPLIANCE; PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE.
(a) Compliance is met when the school district has obtained evidence of reception or rejection of services from the parents of at least a majority of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunch in Title I schools that are eligible for parental choice of transportation or supplemental educational services unless a waiver is granted by the State Board of Education. A waiver shall only be granted if there is clear and convincing evidence of the district’s efforts to secure evidence of the parent’s decision. Requirements for parental election to receive supplemental educational services shall not exceed the election requirements for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
(b) A provider must be able to deliver supplemental educational services to school districts in which the provider is approved by the state. If a state-approved provider withdraws from offering services to students in a school district in which it is approved and in which it has signed either a contract to provide services or a letter of intent and the minimums per site set by the provider have been met, the school district must report the provider to the department. The provider shall be immediately removed from the state-approved list for the current school year for that school district. Upon the second such withdrawal in any school district, the provider shall be ineligible to provide services in the state the following year.
(4) REALLOCATION OF FUNDS.If a school district has not spent the required supplemental educational services set-aside funding, the district may apply to the Department of Education after January 1 for authorization to reallocate the funds. If the Commissioner of Education does not approve the reallocation of funds, the district may appeal to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education must consider the appeal within 60 days of its receipt, and the decision of the state board shall be final.
(5) RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
(a) By May 1 of each year, each supplemental educational services provider must report to the Department of Education, unless a prior agreement has been made with the local school district, in an electronic form prescribed by the department, the following information regarding services provided to public school students in the district:
1. Student learning gains as demonstrated by mastery of applicable benchmarks or access points set forth in the Sunshine State Standards;
2. Student attendance and completion data;
3. Parent satisfaction survey results;
4. School district satisfaction survey results received directly from the school district; and
5. Satisfaction survey results received directly from the school district which were completed by principals in whose schools onsite supplemental educational services were provided.

The department shall post a uniform survey on its Internet website to be completed online by principals and school districts.

(b) The department shall evaluate each state-approved provider using the information received pursuant to paragraph (a) and assign a service designation of excellent, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory for the prior school year. However, if the student population served by the provider does not meet the minimum sample size necessary, based on accepted professional practice for statistical reliability and the prevention of the unlawful release of personally identifiable student information, the provider will not receive a service designation. The State Board of Education shall specify, by rule, the threshold requirements for assigning the service designations; however, the service designations must be based primarily on student learning gains. By July 1 of each year, the department must report the service designation to the supplemental educational services providers, the school districts, parents, and the public.
(c) School districts may use Title I, Part A funds to meet the requirements, as provided in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended.
(d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer the provisions of this subsection.
(e) The board’s rules shall establish an internal complaint procedure to resolve disputes regarding the state approval process, the termination of state approval, and the assignment of a service designation. The internal complaint procedure must provide for an informal review by a hearing officer who is employed by the department and, if requested, a formal review by a hearing officer who is employed by the department, and shall recommend a resolution of the dispute to the Commissioner of Education. The internal complaint procedure is exempt from the provisions of chapter 120. The decision by the commissioner shall constitute final action.
(f) By September 1, 2009, the department shall approve acceptable premethods and postmethods for measuring student learning gains, including standardized assessments, diagnostic assessments, criterion-referenced and skills-based assessments, or other applicable methods appropriate for each grade level, for use by supplemental educational services providers and local school districts in determining student learning gains. Each method must be able to measure student progress toward mastering the benchmarks or access points set forth in the Sunshine State Standards and the student’s supplemental educational services plan. The use of a diagnostic and assessment instrument, which is aligned to a provider’s curriculum, is an acceptable premethod and postmethod if the provider can demonstrate that the assessment meets the requirements in this paragraph and is not deemed unreliable or invalid by the department.
(g) As a condition for state approval, a provider must use a method for measuring student learning gains which results in reliable and valid results as approved by the department.
(h) The provider shall report data on individual student learning gains to the department, unless a prior agreement has been made with the local school district to report such student achievement data. The report must include individual student learning gains as demonstrated by mastery of applicable benchmarks or access points set forth in the Sunshine State Standards.
(6) RULES.The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this section and may enforce the provisions of this section pursuant to s. 1008.32.
History.s. 15, ch. 2006-301; s. 1, ch. 2008-171; s. 1, ch. 2009-225.
1008.332 Committee of practitioners pursuant to federal No Child Left Behind Act.The Department of Education shall establish a committee of practitioners pursuant to federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The committee members shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Education and shall annually report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1. The committee shall meet regularly and is authorized to review potential rules and policies that will be considered by the State Board of Education.
History.s. 16, ch. 2006-301.
1008.34 School grading system; school report cards; district grade.
(1) ANNUAL REPORTS.The Commissioner of Education shall prepare annual reports of the results of the statewide assessment program which describe student achievement in the state, each district, and each school. The commissioner shall prescribe the design and content of these reports, which must include, without limitation, descriptions of the performance of all schools participating in the assessment program and all of their major student populations as determined by the Commissioner of Education, and must also include the median scores of all eligible students who scored at or in the lowest 25th percentile of the state in the previous school year; provided, however, that the provisions of s. 1002.22 pertaining to student records apply to this section.
(2) SCHOOL GRADES.The annual report shall identify schools as having one of the following grades, defined according to rules of the State Board of Education:
(a) “A,” schools making excellent progress.
(b) “B,” schools making above average progress.
(c) “C,” schools making satisfactory progress.
(d) “D,” schools making less than satisfactory progress.
(e) “F,” schools failing to make adequate progress.

Each school designated with a grade of “A,” making excellent progress, or having improved at least two grade levels, shall have greater authority over the allocation of the school’s total budget generated from the FEFP, state categoricals, lottery funds, grants, and local funds, as specified in state board rule. The rule must provide that the increased budget authority shall remain in effect until the school’s grade declines.

(3) DESIGNATION OF SCHOOL GRADES.
(a) Each school that has students who are tested and included in the school grading system shall receive a school grade, except as follows:
1. A school shall not receive a school grade if the number of its students tested and included in the school grading system is less than the minimum sample size necessary, based on accepted professional practice, for statistical reliability and prevention of the unlawful release of personally identifiable student data under s. 1002.22 or 20 U.S.C. s. 1232g.
2. An alternative school may choose to receive a school grade under this section or a school improvement rating under s. 1008.341. For charter schools that meet the definition of an alternative school pursuant to State Board of Education rule, the decision to receive a school grade is the decision of the charter school governing board.
3. A school that serves any combination of students in kindergarten through grade 3 which does not receive a school grade because its students are not tested and included in the school grading system shall receive the school grade designation of a K-3 feeder pattern school identified by the Department of Education and verified by the school district. A school feeder pattern exists if at least 60 percent of the students in the school serving a combination of students in kindergarten through grade 3 are scheduled to be assigned to the graded school.
(b)1. A school’s grade shall be based on a combination of:
a. Student achievement scores, including achievement on all FCAT assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3)(c)1., end-of-course assessments administered under s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a., and achievement scores for students seeking a special diploma.
b. Student learning gains in reading and mathematics as measured by FCAT and end-of-course assessments, as described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)1. and 2.a. Learning gains for students seeking a special diploma, as measured by an alternate assessment tool, shall be included not later than the 2009-2010 school year.
c. Improvement of the lowest 25th percentile of students in the school in reading and mathematics on the FCAT or end-of-course assessments described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a., unless these students are exhibiting satisfactory performance.
2. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year for schools comprised of high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or grades 10, 11, and 12, 50 percent of the school grade shall be based on a combination of the factors listed in sub-subparagraphs 1.a.-c. and the remaining 50 percent on the following factors:
a. The high school graduation rate of the school;
b. As valid data becomes available, the performance and participation of the school’s students in College Board Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, dual enrollment courses, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses; and the students’ achievement of national industry certification identified in the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education;
c. Postsecondary readiness of the school’s students as measured by the SAT, ACT, or the common placement test;
d. The high school graduation rate of at-risk students who scored at Level 2 or lower on the grade 8 FCAT Reading and Mathematics examinations;
e. As valid data becomes available, the performance of the school’s students on statewide standardized end-of-course assessments administered under 1s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.b. and c.; and
f. The growth or decline in the components listed in sub-subparagraphs a.-e. from year to year.
(c) Student assessment data used in determining school grades shall include:
1. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled in the school who have been assessed on the FCAT and statewide, standardized end-of-course assessments in courses required for high school graduation, including, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the end-of-course assessment in Algebra I; and beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the end-of-course assessments in geometry and Biology; and beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, on the statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment in civics education at the middle school level.
2. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled in the school who have been assessed on the FCAT and end-of-course assessments as described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a., and who have scored at or in the lowest 25th percentile of students in the school in reading and mathematics, unless these students are exhibiting satisfactory performance.
3. The achievement scores and learning gains of eligible students attending alternative schools that provide dropout prevention and academic intervention services pursuant to s. 1003.53. The term “eligible students” in this subparagraph does not include students attending an alternative school who are subject to district school board policies for expulsion for repeated or serious offenses, who are in dropout retrieval programs serving students who have officially been designated as dropouts, or who are in programs operated or contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The student performance data for eligible students identified in this subparagraph shall be included in the calculation of the home school’s grade. As used in this section and s. 1008.341, the term “home school” means the school to which the student would be assigned if the student were not assigned to an alternative school. If an alternative school chooses to be graded under this section, student performance data for eligible students identified in this subparagraph shall not be included in the home school’s grade but shall be included only in the calculation of the alternative school’s grade. A school district that fails to assign the FCAT and end-of-course assessment as described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a. scores of each of its students to his or her home school or to the alternative school that receives a grade shall forfeit Florida School Recognition Program funds for 1 fiscal year. School districts must require collaboration between the home school and the alternative school in order to promote student success. This collaboration must include an annual discussion between the principal of the alternative school and the principal of each student’s home school concerning the most appropriate school assignment of the student.
4. For schools comprised of high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or grades 10, 11, and 12, the data listed in subparagraphs 1.-3. and the following data as the Department of Education determines such data are valid and available:
a. The high school graduation rate of the school as calculated by the Department of Education;
b. The participation rate of all eligible students enrolled in the school and enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement courses; International Baccalaureate courses; dual enrollment courses; Advanced International Certificate of Education courses; and courses or sequence of courses leading to national industry certification identified in the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education;
c. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled in the school in College Board Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses;
d. Earning of college credit by all eligible students enrolled in the school in dual enrollment programs under s. 1007.271;
e. Earning of a national industry certification identified in the Industry Certification Funding List, pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education;
f. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled in the school in reading, mathematics, and other subjects as measured by the SAT, the ACT, and the common placement test for postsecondary readiness;
g. The high school graduation rate of all eligible at-risk students enrolled in the school who scored at Level 2 or lower on the grade 8 FCAT Reading and Mathematics examinations;
h. The performance of the school’s students on statewide standardized end-of-course assessments administered under 1s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.b. and c.; and
i. The growth or decline in the data components listed in sub-subparagraphs a.-h. from year to year.

The State Board of Education shall adopt appropriate criteria for each school grade. The criteria must also give added weight to student achievement in reading. Schools designated with a grade of “C,” making satisfactory progress, shall be required to demonstrate that adequate progress has been made by students in the school who are in the lowest 25th percentile in reading and mathematics on the FCAT and end-of-course assessments as described in s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.a., unless these students are exhibiting satisfactory performance. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year for schools comprised of high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or grades 10, 11, and 12, the criteria for school grades must also give added weight to the graduation rate of all eligible at-risk students, as defined in this paragraph. Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, in order for a high school to be designated as having a grade of “A,” making excellent progress, the school must demonstrate that at-risk students, as defined in this paragraph, in the school are making adequate progress.

(4) SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATINGS.The annual report shall identify each school’s performance as having improved, remained the same, or declined. This school improvement rating shall be based on a comparison of the current year’s and previous year’s student and school performance data. Schools that improve at least one grade level are eligible for school recognition awards pursuant to s. 1008.36.
(5) SCHOOL REPORT CARD.The Department of Education shall annually develop, in collaboration with the school districts, a school report card to be delivered to parents throughout each school district. The report card shall include the school’s grade, information regarding school improvement, an explanation of school performance as evaluated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and indicators of return on investment. Each school’s report card shall be published annually by the department on its website, and the school district shall provide the school report card to each parent.
(6) PERFORMANCE-BASED FUNDING.The Legislature may factor in the performance of schools in calculating any performance-based funding policy that is provided for annually in the General Appropriations Act.
(7) DISTRICT GRADE.The annual report required by subsection (1) shall include district grades, which shall consist of weighted district average grades, by level, for all elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in the district. A district’s weighted average grade shall be calculated by weighting individual school grades determined pursuant to subsection (2) by school enrollment.
(8) RULES.The State Board of Education shall adopt rules under ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section.
History.s. 378, ch. 2002-387; s. 46, ch. 2006-74; s. 21, ch. 2008-235; s. 100, ch. 2009-21; s. 3, ch. 2009-222; s. 11, ch. 2010-22; s. 5, ch. 2010-48.
1Note.Redesignated as s. 1008.22(3)(c)2.c. and d. by the editors as a result of incorporation of the amendment to s. 1008.22 by s. 4, ch. 2010-48.
1008.341 School improvement rating for alternative schools.
(1) ANNUAL REPORTS.The Commissioner of Education shall prepare an annual report on the performance of each school receiving a school improvement rating pursuant to this section if the provisions of s. 1002.22 pertaining to student records apply.
(2) SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATING.An alternative school that provides dropout prevention and academic intervention services pursuant to s. 1003.53 shall receive a school improvement rating pursuant to this section. However, an alternative school shall not receive a school improvement rating if the number of its students for whom student performance data is available for the current year and previous year is less than the minimum sample size necessary, based on accepted professional practice, for statistical reliability and prevention of the unlawful release of personally identifiable student data under s. 1002.22 or 20 U.S.C. s. 1232g. The school improvement rating shall identify an alternative school as having one of the following ratings defined according to rules of the State Board of Education:
(a) “Improving” means the students attending the school are making more academic progress than when the students were served in their home schools.
(b) “Maintaining” means the students attending the school are making progress equivalent to the progress made when the students were served in their home schools.
(c) “Declining” means the students attending the school are making less academic progress than when the students were served in their home schools.

The school improvement rating shall be based on a comparison of student performance data for the current year and previous year. Schools that improve at least one level or maintain an “improving” rating pursuant to this section are eligible for school recognition awards pursuant to s. 1008.36.

(3) DESIGNATION OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATING.Student data used in determining an alternative school’s school improvement rating shall include:
(a) The aggregate scores on statewide assessments administered under s. 1008.22 for all eligible students who were assigned to and enrolled in the school during the October or February FTE count and who have FCAT or comparable scores for the preceding school year.
(b) The aggregate scores on statewide assessments administered under s. 1008.22 for all eligible students who were assigned to and enrolled in the school during the October or February FTE count and who have scored in the lowest 25th percentile of students in the state on FCAT Reading.

The assessment scores of students who are subject to district school board policies for expulsion for repeated or serious offenses, who are in dropout retrieval programs serving students who have officially been designated as dropouts, or who are in programs operated or contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice may not be included in an alternative school’s school improvement rating.

(4) IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENT LEARNING GAINS.For each alternative school receiving a school improvement rating, the Department of Education shall annually identify the percentage of students making learning gains as compared to the percentage of the same students making learning gains in their home schools in the year prior to being assigned to the alternative school.
(5) SCHOOL REPORT CARD.The Department of Education shall annually develop, in collaboration with the school districts, a school report card for alternative schools to be delivered to parents throughout each school district. The report card shall include the school improvement rating, identification of student learning gains, student attendance data, information regarding school improvement, an explanation of school performance as evaluated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and indicators of return on investment.
(6) RULES.The State Board of Education shall adopt rules under ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section.
History.s. 47, ch. 2006-74; s. 22, ch. 2008-235; s. 101, ch. 2009-21; s. 12, ch. 2010-22.
1008.345 Implementation of state system of school improvement and education accountability.
(1) The Commissioner of Education is responsible for implementing and maintaining a system of intensive school improvement and stringent education accountability, which shall include policies and programs to implement the following:
(a) A system of data collection and analysis that will improve information about the educational success of individual students and schools, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs. The information and analyses must be capable of identifying educational programs or activities in need of improvement, and reports prepared pursuant to this paragraph shall be distributed to the appropriate district school boards prior to distribution to the general public. This provision shall not preclude access to public records as provided in chapter 119.
(b) A program of school improvement that will analyze information to identify schools, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, educational programs, or educational activities in need of improvement.
(c) A method of delivering services to assist school districts and schools to improve, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs.
(d) A method of coordinating with the state educational goals and school improvement plans any other state program that creates incentives for school improvement.
(2) The commissioner shall be held responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the system of school improvement and education accountability outlined in this section. There shall be an annual determination of whether adequate progress is being made toward implementing and maintaining a system of school improvement and education accountability.
(3) The annual feedback report shall be developed by the Department of Education.
(4) The commissioner shall review each district school board’s feedback report and submit findings to the State Board of Education. If adequate progress is not being made toward implementing and maintaining a system of school improvement and education accountability, the State Board of Education shall direct the commissioner to prepare and implement a corrective action plan. The commissioner and State Board of Education shall monitor the development and implementation of the corrective action plan.
(5) The commissioner shall report to the Legislature and recommend changes in state policy necessary to foster school improvement and education accountability. Included in the report shall be a list of the schools, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, for which district school boards have developed intervention and support strategies and an analysis of the various strategies used by the school boards. School reports shall be distributed pursuant to this subsection and s. 1001.42(18)(b) and according to rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
(6)(a) The Department of Education shall implement a training program to develop among state and district educators a cadre of facilitators of school improvement. These facilitators shall assist schools and districts to conduct needs assessments and develop and implement school improvement plans to meet state goals.
(b) Upon request, the department shall provide technical assistance and training to any school, including any school operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, school advisory council, district, or district school board for conducting needs assessments, developing and implementing school improvement plans, or implementing other components of school improvement and accountability. Priority for these services shall be given to schools designated with a grade of “D” or “F” and school districts in rural and sparsely populated areas of the state.
(c) Pursuant to s. 24.121(5)(d), the department shall not release funds from the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to any district in which a school, including schools operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice programs, does not have an approved school improvement plan, pursuant to s. 1001.42(18), after 1 full school year of planning and development, or does not comply with school advisory council membership composition requirements pursuant to s. 1001.452. The department shall send a technical assistance team to each school without an approved plan to develop such school improvement plan or to each school without appropriate school advisory council membership composition to develop a strategy for corrective action. The department shall release the funds upon approval of the plan or upon establishment of a plan of corrective action. Notice shall be given to the public of the department’s intervention and shall identify each school without a plan or without appropriate school advisory council membership composition.
(d) The commissioner shall assign a community assessment team to each school district or governing board with a school graded “F” or a school in the lowest-performing category pursuant to s. 1008.33 to review the school performance data and determine causes for the low performance, including the role of school, area, and district administrative personnel. The community assessment team shall review a high school’s graduation rate calculated without GED tests for the past 3 years, disaggregated by student ethnicity. The team shall make recommendations to the school board or the governing board and to the State Board of Education which address the causes of the school’s low performance and may be incorporated into the school improvement plan. The assessment team shall include, but not be limited to, a department representative, parents, business representatives, educators, representatives of local governments, and community activists, and shall represent the demographics of the community from which they are appointed.
(7) As a part of the system of educational accountability, the Department of Education shall:
(a) Develop minimum standards for various grades and subject areas, as required in ss. 1001.03, 1008.22, and 1008.34.
(b) Administer the statewide assessment testing program created by s. 1008.22.
(c) Review the school advisory councils of each district as required by s. 1001.452.
(d) Conduct the program evaluations required by s. 1001.03.
(e) Maintain a listing of college-level communication and mathematics skills defined pursuant to 1s. 1008.29 as being associated with successful student performance through the baccalaureate level and submit it to the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for approval.
(f) Maintain a listing of tests and other assessment procedures which measure and diagnose student achievement of college-level communication and computation skills and submit it to the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for approval.
(g) Maintain for the information of the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors, and the Legislature a file of data to reflect achievement of college-level communication and mathematics competencies by students in state universities and 2community colleges.
(h) Develop or contract for, and submit to the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for approval, tests which measure and diagnose student achievement of college-level communication and mathematics skills. Any tests and related documents developed are exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). The commissioner shall maintain statewide responsibility for the administration of such tests and may assign administrative responsibilities for the tests to any state university or 2community college. The state board, upon recommendation of the commissioner, may enter into contracts for such services beginning in one fiscal year and continuing into the next year which are paid from the appropriation for either or both fiscal years.
(i) Perform any other functions that may be involved in educational planning, research, and evaluation or that may be required by the commissioner, the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors, or law.
History.s. 379, ch. 2002-387; s. 48, ch. 2006-74; s. 176, ch. 2007-5; s. 126, ch. 2007-217; s. 187, ch. 2008-4; s. 22, ch. 2008-108; s. 23, ch. 2008-235; s. 102, ch. 2009-21; s. 4, ch. 2009-144; s. 29, ch. 2010-70.
1Note.Repealed by s. 21, ch. 2009-59.
2Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.35 Best financial management practices for school districts; standards; reviews; designation of school districts.
(1) The purpose of best financial management practices reviews is to improve Florida school district management and use of resources and to identify cost savings. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) and the Office of the Auditor General are directed to develop a system for reviewing the financial management practices of school districts. In this system, the Auditor General shall assist OPPAGA in examining district operations to determine whether they meet “best financial management practices.”
(2) The best financial management practices adopted by the Commissioner of Education may be updated periodically after consultation with the Legislature, the Governor, the Department of Education, school districts, and the Auditor General. OPPAGA shall submit to the Commissioner of Education for review and adoption proposed revisions to the best financial management practices adopted by the commissioner. The best financial management practices, at a minimum, must instill public confidence by addressing the school district’s use of resources, identifying ways that the district could save funds, and improving districts’ performance accountability systems, including public accountability. To achieve these objectives, best practices shall be developed for, but need not be limited to, the following areas:
(a) Management structures.
(b) Performance accountability.
(c) Efficient delivery of educational services, including instructional materials.
(d) Administrative and instructional technology.
(e) Personnel systems and benefits management.
(f) Facilities construction.
(g) Facilities maintenance.
(h) Student transportation.
(i) Food service operations.
(j) Cost control systems, including asset management, risk management, financial management, purchasing, internal auditing, and financial auditing.

In areas for which the commissioner has not adopted best practices, OPPAGA may develop additional best financial management practices, with input from a broad range of stakeholders. OPPAGA shall present any additional best practices to the commissioner for review and adoption. Revised best financial management practices adopted by the commissioner must be used in the next year’s scheduled school district reviews conducted according to this section.

(3) OPPAGA shall contract with a private firm selected through a formal request for proposal process to perform the review, to the extent that funds are provided for this purpose in the General Appropriations Act each year. When sufficient funds are not provided to contract for all the scheduled best financial management practices reviews, OPPAGA shall conduct the remaining reviews scheduled for that year, except as otherwise provided in this act. At least one member of the private firm review team shall have expertise in school district finance. The scope of the review shall focus on the best practices adopted by the Commissioner of Education, pursuant to subsection (2). OPPAGA may include additional items in the scope of the review after seeking input from the school district and the Department of Education.
(4) OPPAGA shall consult with the Commissioner of Education throughout the best practices review process to ensure that the technical expertise of the Department of Education benefits the review process and supports the school districts before, during, and after the review.
(5) It is the intent of the Legislature that each school district shall be subject to a best financial management practices review. The Legislature also intends that all school districts shall be reviewed on a continuing 5-year cycle, as follows, unless specified otherwise in the General Appropriations Act, or as provided in this section:
(a) Year 1: Hillsborough, Sarasota, Collier, Okaloosa, Alachua, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Hernando, Indian River, Monroe, Osceola, and Bradford.
(b) Year 2: Miami-Dade, Duval, Volusia, Bay, Columbia, Suwannee, Wakulla, Baker, Union, Hamilton, Jefferson, Gadsden, and Franklin.
(c) Year 3: Palm Beach, Orange, Seminole, Lee, Escambia, Leon, Levy, Taylor, Madison, Gilchrist, Gulf, Dixie, Liberty, and Lafayette.
(d) Year 4: Pinellas, Pasco, Marion, Manatee, Clay, Charlotte, Citrus, Highlands, Nassau, Hendry, Okeechobee, Hardee, DeSoto, and Glades.
(e) Year 5: Broward, Polk, Brevard, Lake, St. Johns, Martin, Putnam, Jackson, Flagler, Walton, Sumter, Holmes, Washington, and Calhoun.
(6)(a) The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee may adjust the schedule of districts to be reviewed when unforeseen circumstances prevent initiation of reviews scheduled in a given year.
(b) Once the 5-year cycle has been completed, reviews shall continue, beginning again with those districts included in year one of the cycle unless a district has requested and received a waiver as provided in subsection (17).
(7) At the direction of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee or the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and subject to funding by the Legislature, OPPAGA may conduct, or contract with a private firm to conduct, up to two additional best financial management practices reviews in districts not scheduled for review during that year if such review is necessary to address adverse financial conditions.
(8) Reviews shall be conducted by OPPAGA and the consultant to the extent specifically funded by the Legislature in the General Appropriations Act for this purpose. Such funds may be used for the cost of reviews by OPPAGA and private consultants contracted by the director of OPPAGA. Costs may include professional services, travel expenses of OPPAGA and staff of the Auditor General, and any other necessary expenses incurred as part of a best financial management practices review.
(9) Districts scheduled for review must complete a self-assessment instrument provided by OPPAGA which indicates the school district’s evaluation of its performance on each best practice. The district must begin the self-assessment not later than 60 days prior to the commencement of the review. The completed self-assessment instrument and supporting documentation must be submitted to OPPAGA not later than the date of commencement of the review as notified by OPPAGA. The best practice review team will use this self-assessment information during their review of the district.
(10) During the review, OPPAGA and the consultant conducting the review, if any, shall hold at least one advertised public forum as part of the review in order to explain the best financial management practices review process and obtain input from students, parents, the business community, and other district residents regarding their concerns about the operations and management of the school district.
(11) District reviews conducted under this section must be completed within 6 months after commencement. OPPAGA shall issue a final report to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the district regarding the district’s use of best financial management practices and cost savings recommendations within 60 days after completing the reviews. Copies of the final report shall be provided to the Governor, the Commissioner of Education, and to the chairs of school advisory councils and district advisory councils established pursuant to s. 1001.452(1)(a) and (b). The district school board shall notify all members of the school advisory councils and district advisory council by mail that the final report has been delivered to the school district and to the council chairs. The notification shall also inform members of the OPPAGA website address at which an electronic copy of the report is available.
(12) After receipt of the final report and before the district school board votes whether to adopt the action plan, or if no action plan was required because the district was found to be using the best practices, the district school board shall hold an advertised public forum to accept public input and review the findings and recommendations of the report. The district school board shall advertise and promote this forum in a manner appropriate to inform school and district advisory councils, parents, school district employees, the business community, and other district residents of the opportunity to attend this meeting. OPPAGA and the consultant, if any, shall also be represented at this forum.
(13)(a) If the district is found not to conform to best financial management practices, the report must contain an action plan detailing how the district could meet the best practices within 2 years. The district school board must decide, by a majority plus one vote within 90 days after receipt of the final report, whether or not to implement the action plan and pursue a “Seal of Best Financial Management” awarded by the State Board of Education to qualified school districts. If a district fails to vote on the action plan within 90 days, district school board members may be required to appear and present testimony before a legislative committee, pursuant to s. 11.143.
(b) The district school board may vote to reverse a decision not to implement an action plan, provided that the action plan is implemented and there is still sufficient time, as determined by the district school board, to meet the best practices within 2 years after issuance of the final report.
(c) Within 90 days after the receipt of the final report, the district school board must notify OPPAGA and the Commissioner of Education in writing of the date and outcome of the district school board vote on whether to adopt the action plan. If the district school board fails to vote on whether to adopt the action plan, the district school superintendent must notify OPPAGA and the Commissioner of Education. The Department of Education may contact the school district, assess the situation, urge the district school board to vote, and offer technical assistance, if needed.
(14) If a district school board votes to implement the action plan:
(a) No later than 1 year after receipt of the final report, the district school board must submit an initial status report to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor, OPPAGA, the Auditor General, the State Board of Education, and the Commissioner of Education on progress made toward implementing the action plan and whether changes have occurred in other areas of operation that would affect compliance with the best practices.
(b) A second status report must be submitted by the school district to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor, OPPAGA, the Auditor General, the Commissioner of Education, and the State Board of Education no later than 1 year after submission of the initial report.

Status reports are not required once OPPAGA concludes that the district is using best practices.

(15) After receipt of each of a district’s two status reports required by subsection (14), OPPAGA shall assess the district’s implementation of the action plan and progress toward implementing the best financial management practices in areas covered by the plan. Following each assessment, OPPAGA shall issue a report to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the district indicating whether the district has successfully implemented the best financial management practices. Copies of the report must be provided to the Governor, the Auditor General, the Commissioner of Education, and the State Board of Education. If a district has failed to implement an action plan adopted pursuant to subsection (13), district school board members and the district school superintendent may be required to appear before a legislative committee, pursuant to s. 11.143, to present testimony regarding the district’s failure to implement such action plan.
(16) District school boards that successfully implement the best financial management practices within 2 years, or are determined in the review to be using the best practices, are eligible to receive a “Seal of Best Financial Management.” Upon notification to the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education by OPPAGA that a district has been found to be using the best financial management practices, the State Board of Education shall award that district a “Seal of Best Financial Management” certifying that the district is adhering to the state’s best financial management practices. The State Board of Education designation shall be effective for 5 years from the certification date or until the next review is completed, whichever is later. During the designation period, the district school board shall annually, not later than the anniversary date of the certification, notify OPPAGA, the Auditor General, the Commissioner of Education, and the State Board of Education of any changes in policies or operations or any other situations that would not conform to the state’s best financial management practices. The State Board of Education may revoke the designation of a district school board at any time if it determines that a district is no longer complying with the state’s best financial management practices. If no such changes have occurred and the district school board determines that the school district continues to conform to the best financial management practices, the district school board shall annually report that information to the State Board of Education, with copies to OPPAGA, the Auditor General, and the Commissioner of Education.
(17)(a) A district school board that has been awarded a “Seal of Best Financial Management” by the State Board of Education and has annually reported to the State Board of Education that the district is still conforming to the best financial management practices may request a waiver from undergoing its next scheduled Best Financial Management Practices review.
(b) To apply for such waiver, not later than September 1 of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the district is next scheduled for review, the district school board shall certify to OPPAGA and the Department of Education the district school board’s determination that the school district is still conforming to the best financial management practices.
(c) After consultation with the Department of Education and review of the district school board’s determination, OPPAGA may recommend to the Legislative Budget Commission that the district be granted a waiver for the next scheduled Best Financial Management Practices review. If approved for waiver, OPPAGA shall notify the school district and the Department of Education that no review of that district will be conducted during the next scheduled review cycle. In that event, the district school board must continue annual reporting to the State Board of Education as required in subsection (16). District school boards granted a waiver for one review cycle are not eligible for waiver of the next scheduled review cycle.
(18) District school boards that receive a best financial management practices review must maintain records that will enable independent verification of the implementation of the action plan and any related fiscal impacts.
(19) Unrestricted cost savings resulting from implementation of the best financial management practices must be spent at the school and classroom levels for teacher salaries, teacher training, improved classroom facilities, student supplies, textbooks, classroom technology, and other direct student instruction activities. Cost savings identified for a program that has restrictive expenditure requirements shall be used for the enhancement of the specific program.
History.s. 380, ch. 2002-387; s. 119, ch. 2003-1.
1008.36 Florida School Recognition Program.
(1) The Legislature finds that there is a need for a performance incentive program for outstanding faculty and staff in highly productive schools. The Legislature further finds that performance-based incentives are commonplace in the private sector and should be infused into the public sector as a reward for productivity.
(2) The Florida School Recognition Program is created to provide financial awards to public schools that:
(a) Sustain high performance by receiving a school grade of “A,” making excellent progress; or
(b) Demonstrate exemplary improvement due to innovation and effort by improving at least one letter grade or by improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year.
(3) All public schools, including charter schools, that receive a school grade pursuant to s. 1008.34 are eligible to participate in the program.
(4) All selected schools shall receive financial awards depending on the availability of funds appropriated and the number and size of schools selected to receive an award. Funds must be distributed to the school’s fiscal agent and placed in the school’s account and must be used for purposes listed in subsection (5) as determined jointly by the school’s staff and school advisory council. If school staff and the school advisory council cannot reach agreement by February 1, the awards must be equally distributed to all classroom teachers currently teaching in the school. If a school selected to receive a school recognition award is no longer in existence at the time the award is paid, the district school superintendent shall distribute the funds to teachers who taught at the school in the previous year in the form of a bonus.
(5) School recognition awards must be used for the following:
(a) Nonrecurring bonuses to the faculty and staff;
(b) Nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance; or
(c) Temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

Notwithstanding statutory provisions to the contrary, incentive awards are not subject to collective bargaining.

History.s. 381, ch. 2002-387; s. 24, ch. 2008-235; s. 13, ch. 2010-22.
1008.37 Postsecondary feedback of information to high schools.
(1) The Commissioner of Education shall report to the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors, the Legislature, and the district school boards on the performance of each first-time-in-postsecondary education student from each public high school in this state who is enrolled in a public postsecondary institution or public career center. Such reports must be based on information databases maintained by the Department of Education. In addition, the public postsecondary educational institutions and career centers shall provide district school boards access to information on student performance in regular and preparatory courses and shall indicate students referred for remediation pursuant to s. 1004.91 or s. 1008.30.
(2) The Commissioner of Education shall report, by high school, to the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors, and the Legislature, no later than November 30 of each year, on the number of prior year Florida high school graduates who enrolled for the first time in public postsecondary education in this state during the previous summer, fall, or spring term, indicating the number of students whose scores on the common placement test indicated the need for remediation through college-preparatory or vocational-preparatory instruction pursuant to s. 1004.91 or s. 1008.30.
(3) The Commissioner of Education shall organize school summary reports and student-level records by school district and high school in which the postsecondary education students were enrolled and report the information to each school district no later than January 31 of each year.
(4) As a part of the school improvement plan pursuant to s. 1008.345, the State Board of Education shall ensure that each school district and high school develops strategies to improve student readiness for the public postsecondary level based on annual analysis of the feedback report data.
(5) The Commissioner of Education shall annually recommend to the Legislature statutory changes to reduce the incidence of postsecondary remediation in mathematics, reading, and writing for first-time-enrolled recent high school graduates.
History.s. 382, ch. 2002-387; s. 52, ch. 2004-41; s. 110, ch. 2004-357; s. 127, ch. 2007-217.
1008.38 Articulation accountability process.The State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, shall develop articulation accountability measures which assess the status of systemwide articulation processes authorized under s. 1007.23 and establish an articulation accountability process which at a minimum shall address:
(1) The impact of articulation processes on ensuring educational continuity and the orderly and unobstructed transition of students between public secondary and postsecondary education systems and facilitating the transition of students between the public and private sectors.
(2) The adequacy of preparation of public secondary students to smoothly articulate to a public postsecondary institution.
(3) The effectiveness of articulated acceleration mechanisms available to secondary students.
(4) The smooth transfer of community college associate in arts degree graduates to a state university.
(5) An examination of degree requirements that exceed the parameters of 60 credit hours for an associate degree and 120 hours for a baccalaureate degree in public postsecondary programs.
(6) The relationship between the College Level Academic Skills Test Program and articulation to the upper division in public postsecondary institutions.
History.s. 383, ch. 2002-387; s. 128, ch. 2007-217.
1008.385 Educational planning and information systems.
(1) EDUCATIONAL PLANNING.
(a) The Commissioner of Education is responsible for all planning functions for the department, including collection, analysis, and interpretation of all data, information, test results, evaluations, and other indicators that are used to formulate policy, identify areas of concern and need, and serve as the basis for short-range and long-range planning. Such planning shall include assembling data, conducting appropriate studies and surveys, and sponsoring research and development activities designed to provide information about educational needs and the effect of alternative educational practices.
(b) Each district school board shall maintain a continuing system of planning and budgeting designed to aid in identifying and meeting the educational needs of students and the public. Provision shall be made for coordination between district school boards and 1community college boards of trustees concerning the planning for career education and adult educational programs. The major emphasis of the system shall be upon locally determined goals and objectives, the state plan for education, and the Sunshine State Standards developed by the Department of Education and adopted by the State Board of Education. The district planning and budgeting system must include consideration of student achievement data obtained pursuant to ss. 1008.22 and 1008.34. The system shall be structured to meet the specific management needs of the district and to align the budget adopted by the district school board with the plan the board has also adopted. Each district school board shall utilize its system of planning and budgeting to emphasize a system of school-based management in which individual school centers become the principal planning units and to integrate planning and budgeting at the school level.
(2) COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS.The Commissioner of Education shall develop and implement an integrated information system for educational management. The system must be designed to collect, via electronic transfer, all student and school performance data required to ascertain the degree to which schools and school districts are meeting state performance standards, and must be capable of producing data for a comprehensive annual report on school and district performance. In addition, the system shall support, as feasible, the management decisions to be made in each division of the department and at the individual school and district levels. Similar data elements among divisions and levels shall be compatible. The system shall be based on an overall conceptual design; the information needed for such decisions, including fiscal, student, program, personnel, facility, community, evaluation, and other relevant data; and the relationship between cost and effectiveness. The system shall be managed and administered by the commissioner and shall include a district subsystem component to be administered at the district level, with input from the reports-and-forms control management committees. Each district school system with a unique management information system shall assure that compatibility exists between its unique system and the district component of the state system so that all data required as input to the state system is made available via electronic transfer and in the appropriate input format.
(a) The specific responsibilities of the commissioner shall include:
1. Consulting with school district representatives in the development of the system design model and implementation plans for the management information system for public school education management;
2. Providing operational definitions for the proposed system;
3. Determining the information and specific data elements required for the management decisions made at each educational level, recognizing that the primary unit for information input is the individual school and recognizing that time and effort of instructional personnel expended in collection and compilation of data should be minimized;
4. Developing standardized terminology and procedures to be followed at all levels of the system;
5. Developing a standard transmittal format to be used for collection of data from the various levels of the system;
6. Developing appropriate computer programs to assure integration of the various information components dealing with students, personnel, facilities, fiscal, program, community, and evaluation data;
7. Developing the necessary programs to provide statistical analysis of the integrated data provided in subparagraph 6. in such a way that required reports may be disseminated, comparisons may be made, and relationships may be determined in order to provide the necessary information for making management decisions at all levels;
8. Developing output report formats which will provide district school systems with information for making management decisions at the various educational levels;
9. Developing a phased plan for distributing computer services equitably among all public schools and school districts in the state as rapidly as possible. The plan shall describe alternatives available to the state in providing such computing services and shall contain estimates of the cost of each alternative, together with a recommendation for action. In developing the plan, the feasibility of shared use of computing hardware and software by school districts, 1community colleges, and universities shall be examined. Laws or administrative rules regulating procurement of data processing equipment, communication services, or data processing services by state agencies shall not be construed to apply to local agencies which share computing facilities with state agencies;
10. Assisting the district school systems in establishing their subsystem components and assuring compatibility with current district systems;
11. Establishing procedures for continuous evaluation of system efficiency and effectiveness;
12. Initiating a reports-management and forms-management system to ascertain that duplication in collection of data does not exist and that forms and reports for reporting under state and federal requirements and other forms and reports are prepared in a logical and uncomplicated format, resulting in a reduction in the number and complexity of required reports, particularly at the school level; and
13. Initiating such other actions as are necessary to carry out the intent of the Legislature that a management information system for public school management needs be implemented. Such other actions shall be based on criteria including, but not limited to:
a. The purpose of the reporting requirement;
b. The origination of the reporting requirement;
c. The date of origin of the reporting requirement; and
d. The date of repeal of the reporting requirement.
(b) The specific responsibilities of each district school system shall include:
1. Establishing, at the district level, a reports-control and forms-control management system committee composed of school administrators and classroom teachers. The district school board shall appoint school administrator members and classroom teacher members or, in school districts where appropriate, the classroom teacher members shall be appointed by the bargaining agent. Teachers shall constitute a majority of the committee membership. The committee shall periodically recommend procedures to the district school board for eliminating, reducing, revising, and consolidating paperwork and data collection requirements and shall submit to the district school board an annual report of its findings.
2. With assistance from the commissioner, developing systems compatibility between the state management information system and unique local systems.
3. Providing, with the assistance of the department, inservice training dealing with management information system purposes and scope, a method of transmitting input data, and the use of output report information.
4. Establishing a plan for continuous review and evaluation of local management information system needs and procedures.
5. Advising the commissioner of all district management information needs.
6. Transmitting required data input elements to the appropriate processing locations in accordance with guidelines established by the commissioner.
7. Determining required reports, comparisons, and relationships to be provided to district school systems by the system output reports, continuously reviewing these reports for usefulness and meaningfulness, and submitting recommended additions, deletions, and change requirements in accordance with the guidelines established by the commissioner.
8. Being responsible for the accuracy of all data elements transmitted to the department.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the expertise in the state system of public education, as well as contracted services, be utilized to hasten the plan for full implementation of a comprehensive management information system.
(3) RULES.The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to administer this section.
History.s. 384, ch. 2002-387; s. 111, ch. 2004-357.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.386 Social security numbers used as student identification numbers.Each district school board shall request that each student enrolled in a public school in this state provide his or her social security number. Each school district shall use social security numbers as student identification numbers in the management information system maintained by the school district. However, a student is not required to provide his or her social security number as a condition for enrollment or graduation. A student satisfies this requirement by presenting to school enrollment officials his or her social security card or a copy of the card. The school district shall include the social security number in the student’s permanent records and shall indicate if the student identification number is not a social security number. The Commissioner of Education shall provide assistance to school districts to assure that the assignment of student identification numbers other than social security numbers is kept to a minimum and to avoid duplication of any student identification number.
History.s. 385, ch. 2002-387.
1008.39 Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program.
(1) The Department of Education shall develop and maintain a continuing program of information management named the “Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program,” the purpose of which is to compile, maintain, and disseminate information concerning the educational histories, placement and employment, enlistments in the United States armed services, and other measures of success of former participants in state educational and workforce development programs. Placement and employment information shall contain data appropriate to calculate job retention and job retention rates.
(2) Any project conducted by the Department of Education or the workforce development system that requires placement information shall use information provided through the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, and shall not initiate automated matching of records in duplication of methods already in place in the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program. The department shall implement an automated system which matches the social security numbers of former participants in state educational and training programs with information in the files of state and federal agencies that maintain educational, employment, and United States armed service records and shall implement procedures to identify the occupations of those former participants whose social security numbers are found in employment records, as required by Specific Appropriation 337A, chapter 84-220, Laws of Florida; Specific Appropriation 337B, chapter 85-119, Laws of Florida; Specific Appropriation 350A, chapter 86-167, Laws of Florida; and Specific Appropriation 351, chapter 87-98, Laws of Florida.
(3) The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program must not make public any information that could identify an individual or the individual’s employer. The Department of Education must ensure that the purpose of obtaining placement information is to evaluate and improve public programs or to conduct research for the purpose of improving services to the individuals whose social security numbers are used to identify their placement. If an agreement assures that this purpose will be served and that privacy will be protected, the Department of Education shall have access to the unemployment insurance wage reports maintained by the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the files of the Department of Children and Family Services that contain information about the distribution of public assistance, the files of the Department of Corrections that contain records of incarcerations, and the files of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that contain the results of licensure examination.
(4) The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program may perform longitudinal analyses for all levels of education and workforce development. These analyses must include employment stability, annual earnings, and relatedness of employment to education.
History.s. 386, ch. 2002-387.
1008.40 Workforce Development Information System.The Department of Education shall:
(1) Design specifications for the collection and reporting of data and performance specifications for the Workforce Development Information System. This design must enable parallel reporting and state-level access of workforce data necessary to use the data reports as a basis for calculating funding allocations. In addition, the design must be capable of providing reports necessary to comply with other program performance documentation required by state or federal law, without requiring additional data collection or reporting from local educational agencies.
(2) Develop the computer programs, software, and edit processes necessary for local and state users to produce a single, unified Workforce Development Information System.
History.s. 387, ch. 2002-387.
1008.405 Adult student information.Each school district and 1community college shall maintain sufficient information for each student enrolled in workforce education to allow local and state administrators to locate such student upon the termination of instruction and to determine the appropriateness of student placement in specific instructional programs. The State Board of Education shall adopt, by rule, specific information that must be maintained and acceptable means of maintaining that information.
History.s. 388, ch. 2002-387; s. 112, ch. 2004-357.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.41 Workforce education; management information system.
(1) The Commissioner of Education shall coordinate uniform program structures, common definitions, and uniform management information systems for workforce education for all divisions within the department. In performing these functions, the commissioner shall designate deadlines after which data elements may not be changed for the coming fiscal or school year. School districts and 1community colleges shall be notified of data element changes at least 90 days prior to the start of the subsequent fiscal or school year. Such systems must provide for:
(a) Individual student reporting.
(b) Compliance with state and federal confidentiality requirements, except that the department shall have access to the unemployment insurance wage reports to collect and report placement information about former students. Such placement reports must not disclose the individual identities of former students.
(c) Maximum use of automated technology and records in existing databases and data systems. To the extent feasible, the Florida Information Resource Network may be employed for this purpose.
(d) Annual reports of student enrollment, completion, and placement by program.
(2) The State Board of Education shall identify, by rule, the components to be included in the workforce education management information system. All such components shall be comparable between school districts and 1community colleges.
(3) Planning and evaluation of job-preparatory programs shall be based on standard sources of data and use standard occupational definitions and coding structures, including, but not limited to:
(a) The Florida Occupational Information System;
(b) The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program;
(c) The Agency for Workforce Innovation;
(d) The United States Department of Labor; and
(e) Other sources of data developed using statistically valid procedures.
History.s. 389, ch. 2002-387; s. 113, ch. 2004-357; s. 22, ch. 2009-59.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.42 Public information on career education programs.
(1) The Department of Education shall disseminate information derived from the reports required by s. 1008.43. The department shall ensure that the information disseminated does not name or otherwise identify a student, a former student, or the student’s employer.
(2) The dissemination shall be conducted in accordance with the following procedures:
(a) Annually, the Department of Education shall publish the placement rates and average quarterly earnings for students who complete each type of career certificate program and career degree program. This information must be aggregated to the state level and must be included in any accountability reports. A program that was created or modified so that placement rates cannot be calculated must be so identified in such reports.
(b)1. Each district school board shall publish, at a minimum, the most recently available placement rate for each career certificate program conducted by that school district at the secondary school level and at the career degree level. The placement rates for the preceding 3 years shall be published if available, shall be included in each publication that informs the public of the availability of the program, and shall be made available to each school guidance counselor. If a program does not have a placement rate, a publication that lists or describes that program must state that the rate is unavailable.
2. Each 1community college shall publish, at a minimum, the most recent placement rate for each career certificate program and for each career degree program in its annual catalog. The placement rates for the preceding 3 years shall be published, if available, and shall be included in any publication that informs the public of the availability of the program. If a program does not have a placement rate, the publication that lists or describes that program must state that the rate is unavailable.
3. If a school district or a 1community college has calculated for a program a placement rate that differs from the rate reported by the department, and if each record of a placement was obtained through a process that was capable of being audited, procedurally sound, and consistent statewide, the district or the 1community college may use the locally calculated placement rate in the report required by this section. However, that rate may not be combined with the rate maintained in the computer files of the Department of Education’s Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program.
4. An independent career, trade, or business school may not publish a placement rate unless the placement rate was determined as provided by this section.
History.s. 390, ch. 2002-387; s. 114, ch. 2004-357.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.43 Career program reporting requirements.
(1)(a) The Department of Education shall develop a system of performance measures in order to evaluate the career education programs as required in s. 1008.42. This system must measure program enrollment, completion rates, placement rates, and amount of earnings at the time of placement. Placement and employment information, where applicable, shall contain data relevant to job retention, including retention rates. The State Board of Education shall adopt by rule the specific measures and any definitions needed to establish the system of performance measures.
(b) To measure and report program enrollment and completion rates, the Department of Education shall use data in the automated student databases generated by the public schools and 1community colleges. To measure and report placement rates and amount of earnings at the time of placement, the department shall use data in the reports produced by the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program as required in s. 1008.39. If any placement information is not available from the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, the school district or the 1community college may provide placement information collected by the school district or the 1community college. However, this supplemental information must be verifiable by the department and must not be commingled with the database maintained by the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program. The State Board of Education shall specify by rule the statistically valid, verifiable, uniform procedures by which school districts and 1community colleges may collect and report placement information to supplement the reports from the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program.
(c) The State Board of Education shall adopt standards for the department, district school boards, and 1community college district boards of trustees to use in program planning, program review, and program evaluation. The standards must include, at a minimum, the completion rates, placement rates, and earnings from employment of former students of career education programs.
(2) The State Board of Education shall adopt procedures for reviewing the career education programs administered by the district school boards and the 1community college district boards of trustees when program performance falls below the standards required by this section.
(3) Annually, the department shall compile the reports submitted in compliance with the rules adopted under this section and shall produce a statewide report that addresses the extent to which school districts and 1community colleges are meeting the standards established under paragraph (1)(c).
(4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules necessary to administer this section.
History.s. 391, ch. 2002-387; s. 115, ch. 2004-357.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.45 1Community college accountability process.
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature that a management and accountability process be implemented which provides for the systematic, ongoing improvement and assessment of the improvement of the quality and efficiency of the Florida 1community colleges. Accordingly, the State Board of Education and the 1community college boards of trustees shall develop and implement an accountability plan to improve and evaluate the instructional and administrative efficiency and effectiveness of the Florida 1Community College System. This plan shall be designed in consultation with staff of the Governor and the Legislature and must address the following issues:
(a) Graduation rates of A.A. and A.S. degree-seeking students compared to first-time-enrolled students seeking the associate degree.
(b) Minority student enrollment and retention rates.
(c) Student performance, including student performance in college-level academic skills, mean grade point averages for 1community college A.A. transfer students, and 1community college student performance on state licensure examinations.
(d) Job placement rates of 1community college career students.
(e) Student progression by admission status and program.
(f) Career accountability standards identified in s. 1008.42.
(g) Institutional assessment efforts related to the requirements of s. III in the Criteria for Accreditation of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
(h) Other measures approved by the State Board of Education.
(2) The State Board of Education shall submit an annual report, to coincide with the submission of the agency strategic plan required by law, providing the results of initiatives taken during the prior year and the initiatives and related objective performance measures proposed for the next year.
(3) The State Board of Education shall address within the annual evaluation of the performance of the executive director, and the 1community college boards of trustees shall address within the annual evaluation of the presidents, the achievement of the performance goals established by the accountability process.
History.s. 392, ch. 2002-387; s. 116, ch. 2004-357; s. 129, ch. 2007-217.
1Note.Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.
1008.46 State university accountability process.It is the intent of the Legislature that an accountability process be implemented that provides for the systematic, ongoing evaluation of quality and effectiveness of state universities. It is further the intent of the Legislature that this accountability process monitor performance at the system level in each of the major areas of instruction, research, and public service, while recognizing the differing missions of each of the state universities. The accountability process shall provide for the adoption of systemwide performance standards and performance goals for each standard identified through a collaborative effort involving state universities, the Board of Governors, the Legislature, and the Governor’s Office. These standards and goals shall be consistent with s. 216.011(1) to maintain congruity with the performance-based budgeting process. This process requires that university accountability reports reflect measures defined through performance-based budgeting. The performance-based budgeting measures must also reflect the elements of teaching, research, and service inherent in the missions of the state universities.
(1) By December 31 of each year, the Board of Governors shall submit an annual accountability report providing information on the implementation of performance standards, actions taken to improve university achievement of performance goals, the achievement of performance goals during the prior year, and initiatives to be undertaken during the next year. The accountability reports shall be designed in consultation with the Governor’s Office, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, and the Legislature.
(2) The Board of Governors shall recommend in the annual accountability report any appropriate modifications to this section.
History.s. 393, ch. 2002-387; s. 130, ch. 2007-217.
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