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1 Senate Bill 4: Graduation Requirements Project 10: Transition Education Network Regional Institutes 2011

2 This presentation was adapted from the following: Senate Bill 4, RTTT, and Common Core State Standards, AMM 2010 PowerPoint Presentation, St. Petersburg, FL, Prepared by Todd Clark, Chief, Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction/Delivered by Helen Lancashire, Consultant, School Counseling, Student Support Services Project Memorandum: Senate Bill 4 Implementation, retrieved CASE 2010 and SAC 2010 PowerPoint Presentations

3 Senate Bill 4 Summary Changes to High School Graduation Requirements for a Standard Diploma: Over time Adds Geometry and Algebra 2 to Algebra 1 Adds Biology 1, Chemistry or Physics, and an equally rigorous science course Increases the number of required math credits for the 18-credit college preparatory and career preparatory graduation options

4 Senate Bill 4 Summary Changes to High School Graduation Requirements: Requires offerings of acceleration courses Repeals the requirements for Major Area of Interest

5 Senate Bill 4 Summary New End Of Course (EOC) Exam / Assessment Requirements: Requires an EOC in Algebra 1 Requires an EOC in Geometry Eliminates Grade 9 FCAT for Mathematics ( ) Eliminates Grade 10 FCAT for Mathematics ( ) except as required for students who have not yet attained minimum performance expectations Requires an EOC in Biology 1

6 Senate Bill 4 Summary New End Of Course (EOC) Exam / Assessment Requirements: Eliminates the Grade 11 FCAT for Science ( ) Directs the FDOE to develop additional EOC exams (pending funding) Authorizes the use of equivalent / concordant scores for EOC assessments

7 Senate Bill 4 Summary Authorizes a school principal to determine if a transfer student must take a required EOC exam in a course for which the transfer student has already earned credit. Requires the State Board to establish two cut scores for EOC exams: –A Passing Cut Score –A Cut Score that indicates the student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college- readiness standards Defines achievement levels 1 – 5 for EOC exams

8 Senate Bill 4 Summary Eliminates the requirement for development of a revised FCAT writing test Provides testing schedules for EOC exams Creates a Credit Acceleration Program (CAP)

9 High School Graduation Requirements Senate Bill 4 Entering 9 th Grade To Graduate Algebra 1 and Geometry + Biology 1 and Passing Score on Algebra 1 EOC + Passing Score on Biology EOC and Geometry EOC and Algebra 2 + Chemistry or Physics and an equally rigorous science course

10 End of Course Exams (EOC) CourseEntering Grade Entering Grade Entering Grade Algebra I - Beginning , all Algebra I students must take EOC Must take EOC Performance 30% of final grade Must take EOC Must earn a passing score or attain equivalent score Must take EOC Must earn a passing score or attain equivalent score Geometry – Beginning , all Geometry students must take EOC N/AMust take EOC Performance 30% of final grade Must take EOC Must earn a passing score or attain equivalent score Biology - Beginning , all Biology students must take EOC N/AMust take EOC Performance 30% of final grade Must take EOC Must earn a passing score or attain equivalent score

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12 SB 4 – Technical Assistance End of Course Assessment Results Waiver for Students with Disabilities –Pages 11 – 14 of 68 (Memorandum: Senate Bill 4 Implementation –If the IEP team determines that the EOC cannot accurately measure the students abilities, taking into account all allowable accommodations, the end-of- course assessment results can be waived for determining course grade and credit

13 SB 4 – Technical Assistance 41. What is the authorizing legislation for the EOC assessment results waiver? s (8)(b)2, F.S. –Results waived for course grade and credit

14 SB4 –Technical Assistance 42. Which students with disabilities are eligible to receive an EOC assessment results waiver? Students with disabilities as defined in s (2), F.S.

15 SB4 – Technical Assistance 43. What requirements must a student meet to be considered for an EOC assessment results waiver? Be identified as a student with a disability, as defined in s (2), F.S. Have an active individual educational plan Have taken the EOC assessment with appropriate allowable accommodations at least once Have demonstrated, as determined by the IEP team, achievement of the course standards

16 SB4 – Technical Assistance 44. What are the responsibilities of the IEP team in the EOC assessment results waiver process? …determination that the EOC assessment cannot accurately measure the students abilities, taking into consideration all allowable accommodations.

17 SB4 – Technical Assistance 45. When should the IEP teams meet in order to consider EOC assessment results waivers? …any time after the student has taken the assessment at least once and it has been determined that the student has failed to earn a passing score on an EOC assessment.

18 SB4 – Technical Assistance 46. Are students who have been determined eligible solely for the hospital/homebound program (and no other disability area) eligible for the EOC waiver? No.

19 SB4 – Technical Assistance 47. Are students with only 504 plans eligible for consideration for the EOC waiver? No.

20 SB4 – Technical Assistance 48. Is the waiver available to students without disabilities who meet all the other requirements for graduation except passing the EOC assessment? No.

21 SB4 – Technical Assistance 49. Are students who were previously dismissed from an ESE program eligible for the waiver? No.

22 SB4 – Technical Assistance 50. Is a student eligible for an EOC assessment results waiver if the parent or adult student has revoked consent for special education services? No.

23 SB4 – Technical Assistance 51. What evidence should the IEP team review to determine that the student demonstrates the skills and proficiencies needed for course credit and that the EOC assessment results are not an accurate measure of the students abilities?

24 SB4 – Technical Assistance 52. What methods may be used to collect information on a students proficiency in a course? Cumulative course documentation of proficiency

25 SB4 – Technical Assistance 53. How should progress toward demonstration of proficiency for course requirements be communicated to parents? Graphic form If the growth rate is not adequate to achieve proficiency within the course schedule, an adjustment in the instruction and intervention(s) should be implemented.

26 SB4 – Technical Assistance 54. Does an ESE student whose EOC assessment results have been waived as deemed appropriate by the IEP team still qualify for a standard diploma? Yes.

27 SB4 – Technical Assistance 55. Is the IEP team required to convene to consider the waiver? Yes.

28 SB4 – Technical Assistance Waiver of End of Course (EOC) Assessment Results Requirement for Students with Disabilities Sample Form –Pages 31 – 34 of 68 (Memorandum: Senate Bill 4 Implementation

29 What success looks like. Graduating students who are prepared for success in the 21 st century as evidenced by securing a job that includes a salary that can support living expenses and is in a career of choice.

30 Clear and compelling evidence shows that the level of the courses students take in high school is one of the best predictors of their success in college and the workplace.

31 STATES WITH COLLEGE- AND CAREER-READY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

32 Intentional Initiatives Related to College and Career Readiness (Standards) American Diploma Project VPK Standards/Assessments/Readiness Rate Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Common Core Standards More rigorous high school graduation requirements 32

33 Are We Preparing Our Students? This years 9 th grade students must earn a Geometry credit to graduate. Those enrolled in Algebra 1 will take an EOC that will count as 30% of their course grade.

34 Are We Preparing Our Students? This years 8 th grade students must pass the Algebra 1 EOC and earn credit in Geometry and Biology 1 which include EOCs as part of their grades to graduate. (Unless credit has already been earned when they get to 9 th grade.)

35 Are We Preparing Our Students? This years 7 th grade students will be required to pass EOCs in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1 to graduate. They will also have to earn credit in Algebra 2.

36 Are We Preparing Our Students? This years 5 th and 6 th grade students will be required to pass EOCs in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1 to graduate. They will also have to earn credit in Algebra 2, Chemistry or Physics and an equally rigorous science course.

37 Are We Preparing Our Students? This years K - 4 th grade students will be required to pass EOCs in Civics, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1 to graduate. They will also have to earn credit in Algebra 2, Chemistry or Physics and an equally rigorous science course.

38 Student Acceleration Senate Bill 4 Beginning in AY , each high school shall offer: An International Baccalaureate Program (IB), or An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program, or At least four courses in dual enrollment (DE) or Advanced Placement (AP), including at least one course in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies

39 Intentional Initiatives Related to College and Career Readiness (Assessment) Alignment of FCAT to new rigorous standards End-of-Course Assessments (Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and U.S. History under development) Common Placement (PERT) Testing of 11 th graders and subsequent high school courses to prepare students to enter postsecondary without need for remediation 39

40 High School Accountability The high school accountability system demands: –More rigorous standards and assessments –Alignment between high school and college readiness and high-skill/high-wage employment –Focus on access, rigor, and readiness

41 High School Accountability New High School Grading Components Include: Use of NGAs graduation rate – Federal Graduation Rate Student participation in accelerated course work; IB, AICE, DE, AP, and Industry Certification programs Student performance in accelerated courses Postsecondary readiness Graduation rate of at-risk students Growth or decline in components

42 Graduation Rate Four-Year NGA Graduation Rate, through

43 Rate* Attending Postsecondary in the Fall Following Graduation * Percentage of high school graduates who were enrolled in October after completing high school. Source: Florida Employment & Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP), Florida Department of Education.

44 Other Options Available in Florida Performance-Based Exit Option (Formerly GED Exit Option) Certificate of Completion Special Diploma Option 1 Special Diploma Option 2 Special Certificate of Completion 44

45 Performance-Based Exit Option An alternative route to graduation for students who are at risk of not graduating on time with their kindergarten cohort due to: –credit deficiency –low grade point average –being overage for grade 45

46 Performance-Based Exit Option Districts must apply and receive approval from DOE to offer option Participation is voluntary on the part of students; parents must consent Students must perform at the 7 th grade level reading level or higher at time of selection for program; 9 th grade or higher at time of GED testing 46

47 The Performance-Based Exit Option - is not A vehicle for the early exit of students who wish to complete high school in less than four years A program with watered-down curriculum for students who are not capable of performing high school-level work A program that is appropriate for all students at risk of failing to graduate from high school 47

48 Performance-Based Exit Option This is a high school equivalency diploma per section , Florida Statutes. Students who successfully complete this option will be awarded a State of Florida High School Performance-Based Diploma, not a Standard High School Diploma. Students exiting under this option retain the right to FAPE. 48

49 Performance-Based Exit Option See DPS: Performance-Based Exit Option Rule –https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?id=6A https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?id=6A State of Florida High School Performance-Based Diploma –https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNO.asp?id=6A https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNO.asp?id=6A Application –http://www.fldoe.org/family/dropoutp/publiciations.asphttp://www.fldoe.org/family/dropoutp/publiciations.asp 49

50 Certificate of Completion Students who have completed required coursework for graduation but have not –Passed FCAT OR –Achieved minimum 2.0 GPA OR –Achieved other district requirements This is NOT a high school diploma; students encouraged to continue in school –Enroll in following school year –Enroll in GED preparation program through adult education program 50

51 Special Diploma - Option 1 The student must meet school district requirements, including earning the minimum number of course credits determined by the local school board. Note: Students who have been identified as visually impaired or speech impaired are not eligible for a special diploma unless they also have another identified disability. 51

52 Special Diploma - Option 2 Achievement of all the annual goals and short-term objectives/benchmarks specified on the IEP related to the employment and community competencies Employment in a community-based job, for the number of hours per week specified in the students training plan, for the equivalent of 1 semester, and paid a minimum wage in compliance with the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act Mastery of the employment and community competencies specified in the training plan 52

53 Postsecondary Options Special Diploma May be eligible to enroll in career and technical certificate programs, GED, Adult Basic Education May be eligible to enroll in college preparatory (remedial courses) – non credit * Impacts eligibility for military service * Changes are anticipated due to the HEOA and TPSIDs 53

54 Postsecondary Options Special Diploma programs at colleges and universities that provide comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities 54

55 Postsecondary Options GED/ Florida High School Performance- Based Diploma/CPT eligible certificates of completion Students may enroll in a degree seeking program in a college. Students will be required to take or present CPT, ACT, or SAT scores to determine which courses to enroll in. May impact eligibility for military service 55

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