12-16-2014 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #43


Title
2014-2015 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 annually 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 2014-2015. 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:

General Section

 

Removed:

 

Added:

  • References to Florida State Standards (FSS) and Florida State Assessment (FSA) were added.
  • The date entered for a United States school (DEUSS) must be documented for all active (LY) and pending testing (LP) ESOL and immigrant coded students.

Revised:

Elementary Section

 

Added:

  • Addition of a Good Cause Exemption from mandatory retention stating that students cannot have a second retention in third grade.

Middle School

 

Removed:

  • Removed reference to FCAT and common core assessment required under s. 1008.22 and replaced with "statewide, standardized assessment" for Reading, English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
  • Remove the requirement that to earn high school credit for Algebra 1, middle grades student must pass the Algebra 1 EOC statewide, standardized assessment.
  • Remove the requirement that to earn high school credit for Geometry 1, a middle grade student must pass the Geometry EOC statewide, standardized assessment.
  • Remove requirements for Progress Monitoring Plan (PMP).

 

Added:

  • Middle grades students who transfer into the state's public school system from out of country, out of state, a private school, or a home education program, after the beginning of the second term of grade 8 is not required to meet the civics education requirement for promotion from the middle grades if the student's transcript documents passage of three courses in social studies or two year-long courses in social studies that include coverage of civics education.

 

Revised:

High School

Removed:

  • Removed reference to FCAT and common core assessment required under s. 1008.22 and replaced with "statewide, standardized assessment" for Reading, English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
  • Deleted references to s. 1003.428 F.S. (which are outdated graduation requirements for high school students) and was replaced with s. 1003.4282 F.S.
  • Remove the requirement that to earn high school credit for Algebra 1, a student who started 9th grade in 2013-2014 must pass the Algebra 1 EOC statewide, standardized assessment.
  • Remove the requirement that to earn high school credit for Geometry 1, a student who started 9th grade in 2013-2014 must pass the Geometry EOC statewide, standardized assessment.
  • Removed requirement for Progress Monitoring Plan (PMP).

Added:

  • Added to the requirements of the Scholar Designation
    • A student is exempt from taking the Biology I or U.S. History EOC if the student is enrolled in an AP, IB, or the AICE Biology 1 or U.S. History course and the student
        • Takes the respective AP, IB or AICE assessment; and
        • Earns the minimum score to earn college credit

Revised:

  • Amended 1003.4282 F.S. - Allow a driver's education course to be included as an online course to meet graduation requirement.
  • Administrative Grading Procedures will be updated to reflect the method of calculating grades with required DEOC assessments.
  • Condensed graduation requirement charts to reflect that the different graduation cohorts have very similar graduation requirements.
  • Changed references of General Education Development Test (GED) to High School Equivalency Diploma Program.

Exceptional Student Education

 

Removed:

 

Added:   

  • For students currently in 9th grade or below, special diploma will no longer be an option, upon State Board approval of SB850 and rule 6A-1.09963
  • Standard Diploma - Access Points is designated to students whom the IEP team has determined the participation in the Florida Alternate Assessment is the most appropriate measure of the student's skills and instruction in the Access Points is the most appropriate means of providing the student access to the general curriculum.
  • Standard Diploma - Academic and Vocational is designated for students whom the IEP team has determined that mastery of both academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for the student to demonstrate his or her skills. In addition to the academic requirements, the pathway also includes employment requirements.

Revised:

 

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

Authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing regarding the approval of the Student Progression Plan for 2014-2015 for Brevard Public Schools.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 11/18/2014
Action12/16/2014
Public Hearing1/20/2015

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
Dr. Lynn Spadaccini, Director, Elementary Programs, ext. 330
Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, ext. 300