Friends and colleagues, we received the email below from a concerned stakeholder, and wanted to share this with you in order to ensure that everyone is on the same page:
Hello,You might already be aware but HB 7069 has stricken lines 344-347 on p. 14 of the bill that state the Civics EOC will constitute 30% of a student’s final course grade in civics education. I have attached the relevant portion of the bill for your reference. I have contacted [the FLDOE] who sent me on to the assessment office. The assessment office gave me a non-answer. Specifically, they said that all aspects of the bill are being evaluated and answers will be forthcoming.
Well, we can say with confidence that in fact the Civics EOC will remain 30% of a student’s grade! The confusion seems to come down to the fact that the language relating to the exam being 30% of the student grade is stricken in HB 7069;however, the addition of language affirming 1003.4156 as governing policy means that the 30% provision is still in place and unaffected by this bill. According to the folks that we spoke with at the state legislature, the reason that those lines were struck is that it the provision was duplicative of 1003.4156(1)(c), which remains current law, as worded below:
(c) Three middle grades or higher courses in social studies. Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2012-2013 school year, one of these courses must be at least a one-semester civics education course that includes the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; and the meaning and significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, each student’s performance on the statewide, standardized EOC assessment in civics education required under s. 1008.22 constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. A middle grades student who transfers 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.
We hope that this clears up any confusion for folks across the state. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time!