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       Florida Senate - 2010                                     SB 478
       By Senator Sobel
       31-00475-10                                            2010478__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to health education; amending s.
    3         1003.428, F.S.; providing for a mandatory one-half
    4         credit in health education, independent of physical
    5         education credit requirements, for high school
    6         students; providing a waiver for students who request
    7         to take and successfully complete a health education
    8         assessment developed by the Department of Education;
    9         reducing the number of credits in elective courses;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1003.428, Florida
   15  Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         1003.428 General requirements for high school graduation;
   17  revised.—
   18         (2) The 24 credits may be earned through applied,
   19  integrated, and combined courses approved by the Department of
   20  Education and shall be distributed as follows:
   21         (a) Sixteen and one-half core curriculum credits:
   22         1. Four credits in English, with major concentration in
   23  composition, reading for information, and literature.
   24         2. Four credits in mathematics, one of which must be
   25  Algebra I, a series of courses equivalent to Algebra I, or a
   26  higher-level mathematics course. School districts are encouraged
   27  to set specific goals to increase enrollments in, and successful
   28  completion of, geometry and Algebra II.
   29         3. Three credits in science, two of which must have a
   30  laboratory component.
   31         4. Three credits in social studies as follows: one credit
   32  in American history; one credit in world history; one-half
   33  credit in economics; and one-half credit in American government.
   34         5. One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and
   35  debate, or a practical arts course that incorporates artistic
   36  content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and
   37  imagination. Eligible practical arts courses shall be identified
   38  through the Course Code Directory.
   39         6. One credit in physical education to include integration
   40  of health. Participation in an interscholastic sport at the
   41  junior varsity or varsity level for two full seasons shall
   42  satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education if the
   43  student passes a competency test on personal fitness with a
   44  score of “C” or better. The competency test on personal fitness
   45  must be developed by the Department of Education. A district
   46  school board may not require that the one credit in physical
   47  education be taken during the 9th grade year. Completion of one
   48  semester with a grade of “C” or better in a marching band class,
   49  in a physical activity class that requires participation in
   50  marching band activities as an extracurricular activity, or in a
   51  dance class shall satisfy one-half credit in physical education
   52  or one-half credit in performing arts. This credit may not be
   53  used to satisfy the personal fitness requirement or the
   54  requirement for adaptive physical education under an individual
   55  education plan (IEP) or 504 plan. Completion of 2 years in a
   56  Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) class, a significant
   57  component of which is drills, shall satisfy the one-credit
   58  requirement in physical education and the one-credit requirement
   59  in performing arts. This credit may not be used to satisfy the
   60  personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive
   61  physical education under an individual education plan (IEP) or
   62  504 plan.
   63         7. One-half credit in health education. The health
   64  education requirement may be waived if the student requests to
   65  take the health education assessment and scores a “C” or better.
   66  The Department of Education shall develop the health education
   67  assessment.
   68         (b) Seven and one-half Eight credits in majors, minors, or
   69  electives:
   70         1. Four credits in a major area of interest, such as
   71  sequential courses in a career and technical program, fine and
   72  performing arts, or academic content area, selected by the
   73  student as part of the education plan required by s. 1003.4156.
   74  Students may revise major areas of interest each year as part of
   75  annual course registration processes and should update their
   76  education plan to reflect such revisions. Annually By October 1
   77  of each year, the district school board shall approve major
   78  areas of interest and submit the list of majors to the
   79  Commissioner of Education for approval. Each major area of
   80  interest is shall be deemed approved unless specifically
   81  rejected by the commissioner within 60 days after the list of
   82  majors is received. Upon approval, each district’s major areas
   83  of interest shall be available for use by all school districts
   84  and shall be posted on the department’s website.
   85         2. Three and one-half Four credits in elective courses
   86  selected by the student as part of the education plan required
   87  by s. 1003.4156. These credits may be combined to allow for a
   88  second major area of interest pursuant to subparagraph 1., a
   89  minor area of interest, elective courses, or intensive reading
   90  or mathematics intervention courses as described in this
   91  subparagraph.
   92         a. Minor areas of interest are composed of three credits
   93  selected by the student as part of the education plan required
   94  by s. 1003.4156 and approved by the district school board.
   95         b. Elective courses are selected by the student in order to
   96  pursue a complete education program as described in s.
   97  1001.41(3) and to meet eligibility requirements for
   98  scholarships.
   99         c. For each year in which a student scores at Level l on
  100  FCAT Reading, the student must be enrolled in and complete an
  101  intensive reading course the following year. Placement of Level
  102  2 readers in either an intensive reading course or a content
  103  area course in which reading strategies are delivered shall be
  104  determined by diagnosis of reading needs. The department shall
  105  provide guidance on appropriate strategies for diagnosing and
  106  meeting the varying instructional needs of students reading
  107  below grade level. Reading courses shall be designed and offered
  108  pursuant to the comprehensive reading plan required by s.
  109  1011.62(9).
  110         d. For each year in which a student scores at Level 1 or
  111  Level 2 on FCAT Mathematics, the student must receive
  112  remediation the following year. These courses may be taught
  113  through applied, integrated, or combined courses and are subject
  114  to approval by the department for inclusion in the Course Code
  115  Directory.
  116         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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