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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 2016
       
       
       
       By Senator Wise
       
       
       
       
       5-01034C-10                                           20102016__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to high school graduation; creating s.
    3         1003.452, F.S.; establishing the Florida National
    4         Guard Youth Challenge Program for the purpose of
    5         training and mentoring certain high school dropouts;
    6         requiring that the Clay County School District, the
    7         Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of
    8         Children and Family Services, and the Florida National
    9         Guard jointly administer the program; providing for
   10         the program to be located at Camp Blanding Military
   11         Reservation; requiring that certain core academic
   12         courses be taught; requiring that the program include
   13         occupational or technical studies and physical
   14         training or applied health studies; requiring that
   15         students be prepared to assume leadership roles and
   16         demonstrate the principles of followership; requiring
   17         that each student volunteer to benefit his or her
   18         community and work as an unpaid intern or paid
   19         employee in order to successfully complete the
   20         program; providing for a residential and
   21         postresidential component of the program; providing
   22         for mentorship; requiring that students pass all
   23         sections of the General Education Development test and
   24         both parts of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
   25         Test; providing for funding the program; creating s.
   26         1003.4282, F.S.; establishing the general education
   27         development exit option for the purpose of providing
   28         an alternative route to receiving a standard high
   29         school diploma for students who are enrolled in the
   30         Florida National Guard Youth Challenge Program or
   31         programs offered by or under contract with the
   32         Department of Juvenile Justice and approved by the
   33         Department of Education; specifying eligibility
   34         requirements for student participation; providing
   35         certain exemptions and requirements for successful
   36         completion of the GED exit option; requiring that a
   37         student’s transcript identify certain information
   38         regarding the program; requiring that the Department
   39         of Education include the program in its calculation of
   40         the high school graduation rate; amending s. 1003.435,
   41         F.S.; providing that the Department of Education may
   42         authorize a school district to award high school
   43         equivalency diplomas; amending s. 1008.34, F.S.;
   44         revising provisions relating to the student assessment
   45         data used in determining school grades; providing that
   46         a school may earn additional points toward its grade
   47         if a significant percentage of the school’s students
   48         are earning high school equivalency diplomas in lieu
   49         of standard diplomas; providing an effective date.
   50  
   51  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   52  
   53         Section 1. Section 1003.452, Florida Statutes, is created
   54  to read:
   55         1003.452The Florida National Guard Youth Challenge
   56  Program.—
   57         (1) PURPOSE.—The Florida National Guard Youth Challenge
   58  Program is created as a community-based program for the purpose
   59  of leading, training, and mentoring at-risk youths to become
   60  productive citizens in the future.
   61         (2) ADMINISTRATION.—The program shall be jointly
   62  administered on a statewide basis by the Clay County School
   63  District, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of
   64  Children and Family Services, and the Florida National Guard.
   65  The program facilities shall be located at Camp Blanding
   66  Military Reservation.
   67         (3) ELIGIBILITY.—High school dropouts who are between the
   68  ages of 16 years and 19 years, who have not been convicted of a
   69  felony, and who are drug free are eligible to participate in the
   70  program.
   71         (4) PROGRAM DURATION.—
   72         (a) The program shall consist of at least a 22-week
   73  residential component during which each student must raise his
   74  or her mathematics, science, and reading scores.
   75         (b) After the residential component of the program, each
   76  student shall be assigned a case manager and a highly trained
   77  mentor for a period of at least 12 months.
   78         (5) CORE ACADEMICS.—Each core academic course shall be
   79  taught in a traditional classroom setting by computer-assisted
   80  instructors or shall be taught virtually. The core academic
   81  courses must include, at a minimum:
   82         (a) Mathematics;
   83         (b) Communications;
   84         (c) Science;
   85         (d) Social studies; and
   86         (e) Literature.
   87         (6) OCCUPATIONAL OR TECHNICAL STUDIES.—The program must
   88  also include occupational or technical studies taught in
   89  cooperation with a technical training center or college that
   90  awards occupational or technical certificates.
   91         (7) PHYSICAL TRAINING OR APPLIED HEALTH STUDIES.—The
   92  program must also include physical training or applied health
   93  studies.
   94         (8) LEADERSHIP ROLES.—Students shall be prepared to assume
   95  leadership roles and demonstrate the principles of good
   96  followership and the value of collaborative effort.
   97         (9) VOLUNTEERISM.—In addition to the program’s academic
   98  requirements, each student shall be required to volunteer his or
   99  her service for the benefit of the student’s community.
  100         (10) INTERNSHIPS OR EMPLOYMENT.—Each student must also
  101  successfully work as an unpaid intern or paid worker during the
  102  12-month, postresidential component of the program in order to
  103  successfully complete the program.
  104         (11) MENTORSHIP.—Each student must be paired with an
  105  individual who, through his or her accomplishments, rank, or
  106  social posture, serves as a positive role model and mentor who
  107  will help guide the student on a successful path to productivity
  108  and social assimilation.
  109         (12) TESTING REQUIREMENTS.—Students must also pass all five
  110  sections of the General Education Development (GED) test and
  111  pass both parts of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
  112  (FCAT).
  113         (13) FUNDING.—The Department of Defense, through a
  114  cooperative agreement with the National Guard Bureau and the
  115  Florida National Guard, and in conjunction with the Department
  116  of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Family
  117  Services, shall provide for the costs associated with the
  118  program, including student housing, food, and clothing. The Clay
  119  County School District shall fund the instructional component of
  120  the program through funds provided in the Florida Education
  121  Finance Program.
  122         Section 2. Section 1003.4282, Florida statutes, is created
  123  to read:
  124         1003.4282 General education development exit option.—
  125         (1) GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT EXIT OPTION.—The general
  126  education development (GED) exit option is a graduation strategy
  127  for students who are enrolled in the Florida National Guard
  128  Youth Challenge Program created in s. 1003.452 or programs
  129  offered by or under contract with the Department of Juvenile
  130  Justice and approved by the Department of Education.
  131         (a) Eligibility.—To be eligible to participate in the GED
  132  exit option, a student must be enrolled in the Florida National
  133  Guard Youth Challenge Program or a selected program offered by
  134  or under contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice and
  135  approved by the Department of Education and must meet the
  136  following criteria:
  137         1. Be enrolled in courses that meet high school graduation
  138  requirements.
  139         2. Have been a drop-out student or currently be in the
  140  custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  141         3. Have earned acceptable scores on the official GED
  142  practice test administered under the student-testing conditions
  143  approved by the school district.
  144         4. Have a student cumulative record that indicates that the
  145  GED exit option is the most appropriate educational program for
  146  the student.
  147         (b) Exemption and requirements.
  148         1. A student who participates in the GED exit option shall
  149  be exempt from the minimum graduation requirements prescribed
  150  for the standard high school diploma, including the grade point
  151  average and credit requirements. For exceptional education
  152  students, this exemption shall be included in the individual
  153  education plan.
  154         2. Upon entering the GED exit option, a student who has not
  155  previously met the requirements for promotion to grade 10 shall
  156  be promoted to grade 10 to enable the student to take the grade
  157  10 FCAT.
  158         3. A student who does not meet the requirements for high
  159  school graduation in grade 12 and who chooses to return for a
  160  13th year of school in order to participate in the GED exit
  161  option is not required to continue classes upon meeting the GED
  162  exit option requirements for graduation. After completing the
  163  requirements of the GED exit option, a student shall be
  164  considered a high school graduate. If the school district or
  165  school to which the student returns for a 13th year has
  166  implemented a program that requires a vocational component for
  167  graduation, the student may be required to complete this
  168  requirement in addition to the GED exit option requirements in
  169  order to be considered a high school graduate.
  170         (c) Successful completion.
  171         1. To successfully complete the GED exit option and receive
  172  a standard high school diploma, a student must pass the GED test
  173  and all sections of the grade 10 FCAT. A student must also
  174  complete any vocational components included in an approved
  175  school program.
  176         2. A student who participates in the GED exit option may
  177  not graduate before his or her cohort group.
  178         (d) Transcripts.—The transcript shall identify only the
  179  actual credits earned, the successful completion of the FCAT
  180  requirements, and the date on which the diploma is awarded.
  181         (2) GRADUATION RATE.—A student who successfully completes
  182  the GED exit option and receives a standard high school diploma
  183  shall be included in the graduation rate calculated by the
  184  Department of Education.
  185         Section 3. Subsection (2) of section 1003.435, Florida
  186  Statutes, is amended to read:
  187         1003.435 High school equivalency diploma program.—
  188         (2) The department may award high school equivalency
  189  diplomas or authorize a school district to award high school
  190  equivalency diplomas to candidates who meet the performance
  191  standards prescribed by the State Board of Education.
  192         Section 4. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
  193  1008.34, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  194         1008.34 School grading system; school report cards;
  195  district grade.—
  196         (3) DESIGNATION OF SCHOOL GRADES.—
  197         (c) Student assessment data used in determining school
  198  grades shall include:
  199         1. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled
  200  in the school who have been assessed on the FCAT.
  201         2. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled
  202  in the school who have been assessed on the FCAT and who have
  203  scored at or in the lowest 25th percentile of students in the
  204  school in reading, mathematics, or writing, unless these
  205  students are exhibiting satisfactory performance.
  206         3. Effective with the 2005-2006 school year, the
  207  achievement scores and learning gains of eligible students
  208  attending alternative schools that provide dropout prevention
  209  and academic intervention services pursuant to s. 1003.53. The
  210  term “eligible students” in this subparagraph does not include
  211  students attending an alternative school who are subject to
  212  district school board policies for expulsion for repeated or
  213  serious offenses, who are in dropout retrieval programs serving
  214  students who have officially been designated as dropouts, or who
  215  are in programs operated or contracted by the Department of
  216  Juvenile Justice. The student performance data for eligible
  217  students identified in this subparagraph shall be included in
  218  the calculation of the home school’s grade. As used in this
  219  section and s. 1008.341, the term “home school” means the school
  220  to which the student would be assigned if the student were not
  221  assigned to an alternative school. If an alternative school
  222  chooses to be graded under this section, student performance
  223  data for eligible students identified in this subparagraph shall
  224  not be included in the home school’s grade but shall be included
  225  only in the calculation of the alternative school’s grade. A
  226  school district that fails to assign the FCAT scores of each of
  227  its students to his or her home school or to the alternative
  228  school that receives a grade shall forfeit Florida School
  229  Recognition Program funds for 1 fiscal year. School districts
  230  must require collaboration between the home school and the
  231  alternative school in order to promote student success. This
  232  collaboration must include an annual discussion between the
  233  principal of the alternative school and the principal of each
  234  student’s home school concerning the most appropriate school
  235  assignment of the student.
  236         4. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year for schools
  237  comprised of high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, or grades 10,
  238  11, and 12, the data listed in subparagraphs 1.-3. and the
  239  following data as the Department of Education determines such
  240  data are valid and available:
  241         a. The high school graduation rate of the school as
  242  calculated by the Department of Education;
  243         b. The participation rate of all eligible students enrolled
  244  in the school and enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement
  245  courses; International Baccalaureate courses; dual enrollment
  246  courses; Advanced International Certificate of Education
  247  courses; and courses or sequence of courses leading to industry
  248  certification, as determined by the Agency for Workforce
  249  Innovation under s. 1003.492(2) in a career and professional
  250  academy, as described in s. 1003.493;
  251         c. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled
  252  in the school in College Board Advanced Placement courses,
  253  International Baccalaureate courses, and Advanced International
  254  Certificate of Education courses;
  255         d. Earning of college credit by all eligible students
  256  enrolled in the school in dual enrollment programs under s.
  257  1007.271;
  258         e. Earning of an industry certification, as determined by
  259  the Agency for Workforce Innovation under s. 1003.492(2) in a
  260  career and professional academy, as described in s. 1003.493;
  261         f. The aggregate scores of all eligible students enrolled
  262  in the school in reading, mathematics, and other subjects as
  263  measured by the SAT, the ACT, and the common placement test for
  264  postsecondary readiness;
  265         g. The high school graduation rate of all eligible at-risk
  266  students enrolled in the school who scored at Level 2 or lower
  267  on the grade 8 FCAT Reading and Mathematics examinations;
  268         h. The performance of the school’s students on statewide
  269  standardized end-of-course assessments administered under s.
  270  1008.22; and
  271         i. The growth or decline in the data components listed in
  272  sub-subparagraphs a.-h. from year to year.
  273         j. Beginning in the 2010-2011 school year, a school may
  274  earn additional points toward its grade if a significant
  275  percentage of the school’s students are earning high school
  276  equivalency diplomas pursuant to ss. 1003.435 and 1003.4282 in
  277  lieu of standard diplomas pursuant to s. 1003.43.
  278  
  279  The State Board of Education shall adopt appropriate criteria
  280  for each school grade. The criteria must also give added weight
  281  to student achievement in reading. Schools designated with a
  282  grade of “C,” making satisfactory progress, shall be required to
  283  demonstrate that adequate progress has been made by students in
  284  the school who are in the lowest 25th percentile in reading,
  285  mathematics, or writing on the FCAT, unless these students are
  286  exhibiting satisfactory performance. Beginning with the 2009
  287  2010 school year for schools comprised of high school grades 9,
  288  10, 11, and 12, or grades 10, 11, and 12, the criteria for
  289  school grades must also give added weight to the graduation rate
  290  of all eligible at-risk students, as defined in this paragraph.
  291  Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, in order for a high
  292  school to be designated as having a grade of “A,” making
  293  excellent progress, the school must demonstrate that at-risk
  294  students, as defined in this paragraph, in the school are making
  295  adequate progress.
  296         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 2, 2010.

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