10-25-2011 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #27


Title
Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan for 2011-2012

Discussion

The Student Progression Plan is designed to reflect the legislative requirements impacting student progression for 2011-12. 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 Schools

  • Acceleration options for 4th and 5th grade students scoring Level 4 or 5 on FCAT Reading or FCAT Mathematics includes accessing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade virtual coursework.
  • If a 6th or 7th grade student fails math or language arts, the student may be promoted based on FCAT Math or FCAT Reading learning gains; acceptable scores on FAIR; or a SAT 10 score of 45 percent or higher. The student will also be required to complete the course by the end of the next school year.  If a 6th or 7th grade student fails one of the four major academic subjects, that student is conditionally promoted and must pass the course that was failed prior to promotion to the next grade.  Eighth grade is the stop gate for completion of all middle school requirements.

Middle Schools

  • Social studies must include civics, and beginning in 2014-2015 students will take a mandatory end-of-course assessment in social studies. To earn high school credit in the Algebra I course, a middle school student must pass the Algebra I end-of-course assessment. Starting in 2012-2013, to earn high school credit in the geometry course, a middle school student must pass the geometry end-of-course assessment.
  • A middle grades student who has a current Level 1 or Level 2 in reading but did not score below Level 3 in the previous three years may be granted a one-year exemption from the reading remediation requirement.  Mathematics remediation for students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 may be integrated in the required mathematics course.
  • If a 6th or 7th grade student fails math or language arts, the student may be promoted based on FCAT Math or FCAT Reading learning gains; acceptable scores on FAIR; or a SAT 10 score of 45 percent or higher. The student will also be required to complete the course by the end of the next school year.  If a 6th or 7th grade student fails one of the four major academic subjects, that student is conditionally promoted and must pass the course that was failed prior to promotion to the next grade.  Eighth grade is the stop gate for completion of all middle school requirements.

High School

  • The Brevard Public Schools' district currently has a FLVS franchise -- Brevard Virtual Secondary School-- that offers part-time and full-time enrollment opportunities.
  • Online Course Graduation Requirement:  Beginning with students entering grade 9 in 2011-2012, at least one course within the 26 credits required for graduation must be completed through online learning. However, an online course completed during grades 6-8 will meet this requirement.
  • College Placement Testing for 11th Grade Students:  Before grade 12, high schools are required to evaluate the college readiness of each student through the administration of the common placement test, or equivalent test, of all students who score at Level 2 or 3 on Grade 10 FCAT Reading or Level 2, 3, or 4 on Grade 10 FCAT Mathematics. Students who do not meet or exceed the approved test scores on the common placement test or equivalent test must complete postsecondary preparatory instruction offered by the high schools prior to high school graduation.
  • Exemption from Intensive Reading Requirement:  High school students in grades 9-10 who scored a Level 1 or 2 on the most recent FCAT Reading must be placed in intensive reading unless they scored a Level 3 or higher for the previous three years. These students will be granted a one-year exemption from the reading remediation requirement; however, the student must have an academic improvement plan already in place, signed by the appropriate school staff and the parent, for the school year in which the exemption is granted.
  • 18 Credit High School Diploma Option:
    • Notification:  Each district school board must provide each student in grades 6-12 and their parents with information concerning the three-year and four-year high school graduation options.
    • Selection:  The selection of one of the graduation options may be completed by the student at any time during grades 9-12.
    • Annual Notification - Student Not on Track:  The student and parent must be notified at the end of each grade if a student is not on track to meet the credit, assessment, or grade-point average requirements of the accelerated graduation option.
  • Bright Futures Scholarship Program:  The new legislation changes the community service hours and test score requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
  • Credit Promotion Requirements:  Students must pass one course each in language arts and mathematics at each grade level (grades 9-10) and must pass the appropriate end-of-course exams for designated courses prior to graduation.
  • No Good Cause Exemptions:  Good cause exemptions are eliminated due to the implementation of end-of-course exams for designated courses.
  • English/Language Arts Courses for Graduation:  The graduation requirement for language arts may be met through completion of four (4) credits from the following courses:  English 1, 2, 3, 4, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education and International Baccalaureate courses.
  • 4th Science or Social Studies Graduation Requirements:  Graduates of the Class of 2012 must earn either 4 credits in social studies or science.

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 annually to incorporate locally proposed changes mandated by Florida Statute or State Board of Education Rule.

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



Recommendation
Hold a public hearing and approve the Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan for 2011-2012.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 9/13/2011
Action9/27/2011
Public Hearing10/25/2011

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

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, extension 330

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, extension 300