High School Special Diploma Repealed (SB850)

I. Residency
II. Waivers
III. New Foreign Language Requirement
IV. Special High School Diploma
V. Dual Enrollment
VI. Collegiate High School
VII.Baccalaureate Programs
Rule Development
-Current status
-will be updated for upcoming ACC meeting
Any Questions?
• House Bill 7015
– Congressman C.W. Bill Young
Veteran Tuition Waiver Program
• See section (s.) 1009.26(13)(a), Florida Statutes
• House Bill 851
– Waiver for High School Graduates
• See s.1009.26(12)(a), Florida Statutes
New Foreign Language Requirement
High School Special Diploma
Special high school graduation requirements for certain exceptional students.—A student
who has been identified, in accordance with rules established by the State Board of Education, as a
student with disabilities who has an intellectual disability; an autism spectrum disorder; a language
impairment; an orthopedic impairment; an other health impairment; a traumatic brain injury; an
emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia,
dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; or students who are deaf or hard of hearing or dual sensory
impaired shall not be required to meet all requirements of s. 1002.3105(5), s. 1003.4281, or s.
1003.4282 and shall, upon meeting all applicable requirements prescribed by the district school board
pursuant to s. 1008.25, be awarded a special diploma in a form prescribed by the commissioner;
however, such special graduation requirements prescribed by the district school board must include
minimum graduation requirements as prescribed by the commissioner. Any such student who meets
all special requirements of the district school board, but is unable to meet the appropriate special
state minimum requirements, shall be awarded a special certificate of completion in a form prescribed
by the commissioner. However, this section does not limit or restrict the right of an exceptional
student solely to a special diploma or special certificate of completion. Any such student shall, upon
proper request, be afforded the opportunity to fully meet all requirements of s. 1002.3105(5), s.
1003.4281, or s. 1003.4282 through the standard procedures established therein and thereby to
qualify for a standard diploma upon graduation.History.—s. 136, ch. 2002-387; s. 5, ch. 2008-204; s.
26, ch. 2013-27; s. 47, ch. 2013-35; s. 42, ch. 2014-39; s. 19, ch. 2014-184.
1Note.—A. Repealed July 1, 2015, by s. 19, ch. 2014-184.
Standard High School Diploma Expanded
students entering grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year,
this subsection applies to a student with a disability.
(a) A parent of the student with a disability shall, in
collaboration with the individual education plan (IEP) team
during the transition planning process pursuant to s.
1003.5716, declare an intent for the student to graduate
from high school with either a standard high school
diploma or a certificate of completion. A student with a
disability who does not satisfy the standard high school
diploma requirements pursuant to this section shall be
awarded a certificate of completion.
Dual Enrollment
• Updated FAQ document
– Grades 6-12 (see #15)
– http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/pdf/D
• Are dual enrollment students
considered first time in college
(FTIC)- IPEDS Definition
Collegiate High School Programs (SB850)
1007.273 Collegiate high school program.—
(1) Each Florida College System institution shall work with each
district school board in its designated service area to establish one or
more collegiate high school programs.
(3) Each district school board and its local Florida College System
institution shall execute a contract to establish one or more collegiate
high school programs at a mutually agreed upon location or locations.
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, if the institution does not
establish a program with a district school board in its designated
service area, another Florida College System institution may execute a
contract with that district school board to establish the program. The
contract must be executed by January 1 of each school year for
implementation of the program during the next school year.
SB850 technical assistance:
Developmental Education Reform
• The division surveyed chief academic officers on
developmental education course offerings this fall. Of the
257 total developmental education courses offered in the
FCS, the number of developmental education course
offerings at FCS institutions range from 14 to 4. From the
courses identified, it appears that compressed and
modularized strategies are the most commonly offered.
• OPPAGA is contacting FCS institutions about
developmental education implementation. They have
inquired specifically about requiring Intermediate Algebra
(MAT 1033) for Mathematics for Liberal Arts I and II
(MGF 1106, 1107).
General Education Core Courses
• General Education Core Course
Requirements must be implemented in fall
• Chief academic officers are being
surveyed for an implementation status
• Included in the survey is a question about
whether the General Education Core
Course Requirement should apply to the
Associate in Science degree
Credit for Online Courses (1004.0961)
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the State Board
of Education shall adopt rules and the Board of
Governors shall adopt regulations that enable students
to earn academic credit for online courses, including
massive open online courses, before initial enrollment at
a postsecondary institution. The rules of the State Board
of Education and regulations of the Board of Governors
must include procedures for credential evaluation and
the award of credit, including, but not limited to,
recommendations for credit by the American Council on
Education; equivalency and alignment of coursework
with appropriate courses; course descriptions; type and
amount of credit that may be awarded; and transfer of
Baccalaureate Programs
• Division Program Review – The division is working on a
program review of the baccalaureate programs offered in the
FCS. A survey was sent to your chief academic officers and
the division has compiled all responses for all 24 FCS
institutions approved to offer baccalaureates. Information
received from the survey will be built in to the program review
as will information taken from your annual baccalaureate
accountability reports. The program review will also include
the most recent student performance and outcomes data we
have available.
• Early Notification System with Board of Governors - The
division is working with the Board of Governors on the
development of an early notification system for FCS and SUS
to engage in collaborative and collegial discussion before
baccalaureate programs are approved. More information will
be shared later this fall.
DOE Contacts
• Dr. Julie Alexander ([email protected])
– Credit for Online Courses, Gen Ed Core,
Collegiate High school, Foreign Language req.,
high school diploma
• Abbey Ivey ([email protected])
– Baccalaureate Programs
• Dr. Tamaria Williams ([email protected])
– Developmental Education
My Contact Information
• Narcissus Willis
– Residency, financial aid, waivers or fee
exemptions, veterans, assessment, student
Narcissus Willis
Coordinator of Student Affairs
[email protected]
Any Questions

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