09-08-2015 Regular Board Meeting
Agenda Item #23


Title
2015-2016 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools

Discussion

In compliance with Section 1008.25 et al. of the Florida Statutes, the School Board must adopt a plan for student progression in Brevard Public Schools. The plan must be updated or revised periodically to incorporate locally proposed changes mandated by Florida Statute or State Board of Education Rule.

Below is a copy of changes to Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan. The Student Progression Plan is designed to reflect the legislative requirements impacting student progression for 2015-2016. Staff members continue to make changes as new guidance is received. The Florida Department of Education has advised districts of the following changes to student progression requirements.

Elementary School

Removed:

  • Good Cause Exemption language for sixth grade students (requirement to use Middle Grades Promotion criteria)
  • Reference to FSA on the Good Cause Exemption options for grades 4 and 5

Middle School

Removed:  State requirement of remediation of students with Level 1 and Level 2 scores on statewide English Language Arts and mathematics statewide assessments

Added:  To comply with HB 7069 which stated: "Each student must participate in the statewide standardized assessment program required by S.1008.22. Each student who does not achieve a Level 3 or above on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment must be evaluated to determine the nature of the student's difficulty, the area of academic need, and strategies for providing academic supports to improve the student's performance." Brevard Public Schools will continue to provide academic support through required placement of qualified students in the Intensive Language Arts class.

Revised:  Promotion to 9th Grade section regarding the Career and Education planning course to specify teachers who teach the course, to list the approved Career Planning course (9100110) to be taught at Brevard Public Schools and to clarify reasons for the use of an alternative career planning course.

High School

Removed: 

  • Required remediation of students with Level 1 and Level 2 scores on statewide English Language Arts and mathematics statewide assessments.
  • Requirement of high schools to evaluate before the beginning of grade 12 the college readiness of each student who scores level 2 or 3 on the grade 10 FCAT Reading and/or Level 2, 3, or 4 on the Algebra 1 assessment and the requirement that students with any identified deficiencies to complete appropriate postsecondary preparation instruction before high school graduation
  • Requirement to pass the Grade 11 English/Language Arts (ELA) Assessment in order to satisfy the scholar diploma designation requirements.
  • Basic Education Course Substitutions - no longer in statute

Added:

  • To comply with HB 7069 which stated: "Each student must participate in the statewide standardized assessment program required by S.1008.22. Each student who does not achieve a Level 3 or above on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment must be evaluated to determine the nature of the student's difficulty, the area of academic need, and strategies for providing academic supports to improve the student's performance," Brevard Public Schools will continue to provide academic support through placement of qualified students in the Intensive Language Arts class.
  • Information regarding the AP Capstone Diploma
  • Information regarding Algebra 2 and associated EOC to the Statewide Standardized Assessment Program section - beginning in 2015-2016  the Algebra 2 EOC shall constitute 30% of the Final Course Grade.

Revised:

  • World Language clarification on Graduation Chart
  • Statements regarding standardized assessment changed from  "grades 3-11" to read "grades 3-10".
  • Clarification of conditions that must be met for a student transferring to Brevard Public Schools from another school system who might need to graduate with fewer than the prescribed number of credits (Learning Opportunities for Out-of-State and Out-of County Transfer Students Needing Additional Instruction to Meet High School Graduation Requirements)
  • Section Certificate of Completion to refer to "met assessment requirements" rather than "passed the FCAT"

Exceptional Student Education

  • Added:  Specific requirements for the diploma options available to students with IEPs
  • Revised: Diploma Options section

A copy of the Student Progression Plan will be available in the School Board District Office, as well as in all offices in Curriculum and Instruction.

 



Recommendation
Approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2015-2016.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 9/8/2015
Action9/22/2015
Public Hearing10/27/2015

Authority for Action
FS 1008.25 et al. State Board Rules 6A-1.04511

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, x300

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, x330

Robin Novelli, Director of High School Programs, x310

Barbara Rodrigues, Director of Middle School Programs, x583