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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 2304
       
       
       
       By Senator Altman
       
       
       
       
       24-01849A-10                                          20102304__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public school mathematics and
    3         science instructional materials; creating the Florida
    4         Center for World Excellence in Mathematics and Science
    5         to provide for the review of mathematics and science
    6         instructional materials; providing duties of the
    7         center to include recommendations to the Commissioner
    8         of Education of instructional materials for use in K
    9         12 public schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school
   10         year; requiring the Commissioner of Education to adopt
   11         instructional materials in mathematics and science
   12         according to a schedule developed by the commissioner;
   13         requiring the center to form advisory panels for
   14         mathematics and science to make recommendations to the
   15         center; specifying requirements for recommended
   16         instructional materials; authorizing the Commissioner
   17         of Education to add curricula to the existing 2010
   18         2011 list of adopted instructional materials under
   19         certain circumstances; providing for funding;
   20         providing an effective date.
   21  
   22         WHEREAS, Florida’s citizens need world-class skills to
   23  secure a place in the increasingly competitive global economy,
   24  and Florida’s school children, teachers, and parents need access
   25  to the best possible instructional materials and technologies to
   26  acquire these basic skills, and
   27         WHEREAS, mathematics and science are among the most
   28  fundamental of these skills and are among the core subjects
   29  which form the basis of Florida’s educational standards, and
   30         WHEREAS, technology and teaching practices for mathematics
   31  and science have evolved significantly during the past 20 years,
   32  and the newest versions of Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine
   33  State Standards reflect best practices, and
   34         WHEREAS, Florida’s public school classrooms have not always
   35  kept pace with changes in these standards, which is due
   36  partially to a state instructional materials adoption process
   37  that resists many of the changes embodied in the latest
   38  standards and is also due to the rapid pace of change in the
   39  instructional materials market, and
   40         WHEREAS, in order to improve the mathematics and science
   41  skills of Florida’s students, a 21st Century instructional
   42  materials adoption process should be developed and implemented
   43  to enable Florida’s school children, teachers, and parents to
   44  benefit from the best possible instructional materials and
   45  technologies, and
   46         WHEREAS, the Legislature is considering legislation which
   47  will require, as a condition for promotion and graduation, that
   48  Florida students pass end-of-course assessments in mathematics
   49  and science, thereby increasing the need for effective classroom
   50  instruction, and
   51         WHEREAS, the Legislature has taken comparable steps in the
   52  past to improve the quality of reading instruction in the state
   53  by creating the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida
   54  State University, and
   55         WHEREAS, the current instructional materials adoption
   56  process results in the rejection of many of the most effective
   57  methods of instruction in mathematics and science, warranting a
   58  reconstruction of the entire process, NOW, THEREFORE,
   59  
   60  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   61  
   62         Section 1. Florida Center for World Excellence in
   63  Mathematics and Science.—
   64         (1) The Florida Center for World Excellence in Mathematics
   65  and Science is created at the University of Florida. The purpose
   66  of the Florida Center for World Excellence in Mathematics and
   67  Science is to provide for an independent review of mathematics
   68  and science instructional materials from around the world to
   69  ensure delivery of the best possible instruction in the state’s
   70  K-12 public schools and to ensure that instructional personnel
   71  adopt the most effective teaching strategies. The center shall:
   72         (a) Conduct basic and applied research in mathematics and
   73  science learning.
   74         (b) Recommend the most effective instructional materials
   75  and technologies, both core and supplemental, for use in the K
   76  12 public schools, such as those used in the Singapore Math
   77  programs.
   78         (c) Disseminate best practices in mathematics and science
   79  instruction through teacher preparation programs.
   80         (d) Monitor educational outcomes to identify effective
   81  programs.
   82         (e) Recommend measures to ensure fidelity of the
   83  implementation of best classroom practices.
   84         (2)(a) The center shall form advisory panels to make
   85  recommendations to the center for mathematics and science
   86  instructional materials for the 2011-2012 school year and for
   87  school years thereafter. An advisory panel for mathematics shall
   88  be composed of at least three postsecondary education scholars
   89  in the field of mathematics and an experienced Florida public
   90  school mathematics teacher in each of the grade groups, K
   91  through grade 5, grades 6 through 8, and grades 9 through 12. An
   92  advisory panel for science shall be composed of at least three
   93  postsecondary education scholars in the field of science and an
   94  experienced Florida public school science teacher in each of the
   95  grade groups, K through grade 5, grades 6 through 8, and grades
   96  9 through 12.
   97         (b) The advisory panels shall review instructional
   98  materials adopted by the Department of Education under the
   99  existing adoption process and make recommendations to the center
  100  for the addition or deletion of instructional materials to
  101  ensure that they include the best possible instructional
  102  materials and technologies.
  103         (3) Notwithstanding any provision of law or rule to the
  104  contrary, beginning in 2011, it shall be the responsibility of
  105  the center to evaluate and recommend instructional materials in
  106  mathematics and science for adoption by the Commissioner of
  107  Education. The center shall recommend to the commissioner
  108  instructional materials for mathematics and science for the
  109  state’s K-12 public schools for the 2011-2012 school year and
  110  for school years thereafter, according to a schedule developed
  111  by the commissioner in consultation with the center. When making
  112  recommendations to the commissioner, the center shall offer
  113  solutions that:
  114         (a) Provide differentiated instruction to each student.
  115         (b) Have a track record of effectiveness when measured in
  116  statistically valid controlled third-party studies, with sample
  117  sizes of at least 1,000 students.
  118         (c) Are research based.
  119         (d) Are developed specifically to meet the Next Generation
  120  Sunshine State Standards for mathematics and science.
  121         (e) Include the ability to continually enhance and improve
  122  the instruction based on feedback from the public schools, the
  123  center, or the Department of Education during the adoption term.
  124         (4) The Commissioner of Education may add curricula to the
  125  existing 2010-2011 list of adopted instructional materials if
  126  recommended or advised by the center, as a result of any
  127  administrative challenge of the 2010-2011 adoption
  128  recommendations, or otherwise as the commissioner deems in the
  129  best interests of the state’s public school students.
  130         (5) Funding for the 2010-2011 activities of the advisory
  131  panels and the center shall be made through legislative
  132  appropriation of general revenue funds or through the
  133  redirection of funds appropriated to the Department of Education
  134  for its instructional materials adoption process. Funding for
  135  the center in subsequent years shall be derived from a variety
  136  of sources, including, but not limited to: National Science
  137  Foundation grants for basic and applied educational research;
  138  United States Department of Education’s Institute of Education
  139  Sciences research grants to study the effectiveness of adopted
  140  mathematics and science curricula in Florida’s schools; private
  141  foundation grants to expand innovation and best practices in
  142  mathematics and science education; federal Race to the Top funds
  143  for implementing high academic standards, measuring results,
  144  recruiting the best teachers, and turning around struggling
  145  schools; and fees charged to public schools and school districts
  146  for educator preparation on the best practices in mathematics
  147  and science instruction.
  148         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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