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ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Florida students by law are offered a range of programs such as magnet schools, virtual instruction, Advanced Placement (AP), dual enrollment, and International Baccalaureate (IB). Parents must be notified of the availability of these acceleration mechanisms and home-schooled students may participate in them. Accelerated high school graduation options include a three-year college preparatory program with six credits in IB, AP, or dual enrollment, or a three-year career preparatory program that includes three credits in career and technical dual enrollment courses. State law encourages universities, community colleges, and district school boards to establish programs to maximize articulation. Articulated acceleration mechanisms are to be available to help students proceed toward their educational objectives as rapidly as they are able. State law sets a score of 3 on Advanced Placement examinations for the award of postsecondary credit; courses for which students receive the credit are identified in the statewide articulation agreement. Whatever score they achieve, public school students are exempt from paying exam fees. Similar policies exist for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examination, the Advanced International Certificate of Education program (AICE), and for International Baccalaureate exams. Community colleges and state universities may not exempt students from courses without the award of credit if competencies have been so demonstrated. AP is also encouraged through the Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement, through student assessments for readiness for AP and training for teachers to teach AP. Specific policies pertaining to dual enrollment include the calculation of full-time equivalent membership for school districts and colleges; the determination of the number of postsecondary credit hours that equal one full high school course credit; courses that cannot be included in dual enrollment; and student eligibility for participation. Students enrolled in dual enrollment instruction are exempt from the payment of tuition and fees, including laboratory fees. With regard to tech prep, districts and community colleges must jointly implement a comprehensive articulated acceleration program that includes an inter-institutional articulation agreement specifying student eligibility, institutional roles and responsibilities, and quality control mechanisms, among other things, and also provides strategies to promote tech prep. Students who meet the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program and also complete the secondary school portion of tech prep or other career program may receive the Florida Gold Seal. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Fla. Stat. 1002.20 - K-12 Student and Parent Rights
Fla. Stat. 1002.23 - Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act
Fla. Stat. 1002.31 - Public School Parental Choice
Fla. Stat. 1003.02 - District School Board Operation and Control of Public K-12 Education within the School District
Fla. Stat. 1003.429 - Accelerated High School Graduation Options
Fla. Stat. 1006.31 - Duties of Each State Instructional Materials Committee
Fla. Stat. 1007.22 - Articulation; Postsecondary Institution Coordination and Collaboration
Fla. Stat. 1007.27 - Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms
Fla. Stat. 1007.272 - Joint Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Instruction
Fla. Stat. 1009.531 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Student Eligibility Requirements for Intitial Awards

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Fla. Stat. 1002.31 - Public School Parental Choice
Fla. Stat. 1002.34 - Charter Technical Career Centers
Fla. Stat. 1002.41 - Home Education Programs
Fla. Stat. 1003.03 - Maximum Class Size
Fla. Stat. 1003.436 - Definition of Credit
Fla. Stat. 1003.493 - Career and Professional Academies
Fla. Stat. 1004.65 - Community Colleges; Definition, Mission, and Responsibilities
Fla. Stat. 1007.01 - Articulation; Legislative Intent; Purpose; Role of the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
Fla. Stat. 1007.24 - Statewide Course Numbering System
Fla. Stat. 1007.263 - Community Colleges; Admissions of Students
Fla. Stat. 1007.271 - Dual Enrollment Programs
Fla. Stat. 1007.272 - Joint Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Instruction
Fla. Stat. 1008.30 - Common Placement Testing for Public Postsecondary Education
Fla. Stat. 1009.25 - Fee Exemptions
Fla. Stat. 1011.68 - Funds for Student Transportation

Financial Assistance

Fla. Stat. 1011.62 - Funds for Operation of Schools

International Baccalaureate

Fla. Stat. 1002.20 - K-12 Student and Parent Rights
Fla. Stat. 1002.23 - Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act
Fla. Stat. 1003.02 - District School Board Operation and Control of Public K-12 Education within the School District
Fla. Stat. 1003.429 - Accelerated High School Graduation Options
Fla. Stat. 1003.43 - General Requirements for High School Graduation
Fla. Stat. 1007.22 - Articulation; Postsecondary Institution Coordination and Collaboration
Fla. Stat. 1007.27 - Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms
Fla. Stat. 1009.531 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Student Eligibility Requirements for Intitial Awards
Fla. Stat. 1009.534 - Florida Academic Scholars Award
Fla. Stat. 1009.535 - Florida Medallion Scholars Award

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Fla. Stat. 1003.492 - Industry-Certified Career Education Programs
Fla. Stat. 1007.21 - Readiness for Postsecondary Education and the Workplace
Fla. Stat. 1007.235 - District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreements
Fla. Stat. 1009.536 - Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
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ADULT LEARNERS

The State of Florida supports adult education and family literacy through 67 school districts, 28 community colleges, 11 universities, two Native American tribes, correctional agencies, volunteer literacy organizations, community-based agencies and organizations, and other public and private agencies. The major program areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and English language competency. Adult education programs also help adult learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. As of July 2011, students enrolled in any adult general education program, including programs at local jails or detention centers, with the exception of the Adult High School Co-enrolled Program, must be assessed tuition, which is $45 per half year or $30 per term only. According to Florida Statute (Fla. Stat. 1004.93), each district school board and each community/state college board of trustees may adopt tuition and out-of-state fees for adult learner programs. The Complete Florida Degree Program was established in 2013 for the purpose of recruiting, recovering, and retaining the state's adult learners and assisting them in completing an associate's degree or a baccalaureate degree that is aligned to high-wage, high-skill workforce needs. The Complete Florida Degree Program is overseen by the University of West Florida, in coordination with Florida College System institutions, state universities, and private postsecondary institutions. State statute (Fla. Stat. 1004.096) enables eligible veterans of the US armed forces to receive college credits for college-level training and education acquired in the military. Additionally, these students are given priority course registration at each Florida College System institution and state university. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.036 - Student Financial Assistance: Fee Generated Adult and Vocational Student Financial Aid

Adult Learners, Funding

Fla. Stat. 1004.93 - Adult General Education

Adult Learners, General Policy

Fla. Stat. 1004.93 - Adult General Education
Florida Administrative Code 6A-4.008 - Specialization Requirements for Certification in Administration of Adult Education - Administrative Class

Credit for Prior Learning

Fla. Stat. 1004.096 - College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses

Governance of Adult Education

Fla. Stat. 1001.64 - Community College Boards of Trustees; Powers and Duties.
Fla. Stat. 20.15 - Organizational Structure: Department of Education.

Military/Veterans Education

Fla. Stat. 1004.075 - Public Postsecondary Education - Priority course registration for veterans
Fla. Stat. 1004.096 - College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses
Fla. Stat. 1005.09 - Nonpublic Postsecondary Education - Priority course registration for veterans
Fla. Stat. 295.01 - Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans; Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Servicemembers; Education
Fla. Stat. 295.03 - Laws Relating to Veterans; General Provisions: Minimum Requirements
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.019 - Student Financial Assistance: Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Children of Servicemen Classified as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action Scholarships

Reverse Transfer/Transfer Back

Fla. Stat. 1001.02 - General Powers of State Board of Education
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

Florida has a long history of enacting and expanding upon policies related to articulation and transfer. Starting in 1975, the state has continually sought to expedite the degree completion of transfer students and improve college access for everyone. A statewide articulation agreement encourages local institutions and their governing boards to establish articulation agreements and relationships that promote cooperation and requires the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to facilitate a seamless transfer of student credit across the state's postsecondary institutions. A statewide common course numbering system also facilitates transfer by giving courses with the same academic content the same prefix number and designating them as equivalent courses which are guaranteed to transfer to every participating institution, which includes all but one public institution in the state. In addition, a statewide computer advising system - the Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support (www.facts.org) - allows students to compare their transcripts to the requirements of degree programs at schools to which they might transfer. The site also allows students to view existing transfer agreements, the "Common Prerequisite Manual" detailing common courses for degree programs, and transfer program admissions information. A 14-member appointed state Articulation Coordinating Committee is charged with developing guidelines for inter-institutional articulation agreements, examining statewide articulation data, and maintaining student transcript records. (Last Updated 2011)

Common Course Numbering

Fla. Stat. 1007.24 - Statewide Course Numbering System
Fla. Stat. 1007.25 - General Education Courses; Common Prerequisites; Other Degree Requirements.

Comprehensive Initiative

Fla. Stat. 1001.02 - General Powers of State Board of Education
Fla. Stat. 1001.11 - Commissioner of Education; Other Duties
Fla. Stat. 1003.413 - Florida Secondary School Redesign Act
Fla. Stat. 1003.428 - General Requirements for High School Graduation; Revised
Fla. Stat. 1003.491 - Florida Career and Professional Education Act
Fla. Stat. 1003.493 - Career and Professional Academies
Fla. Stat. 1007.21 - Readiness for Postsecondary Education and the Workplace
Fla. Stat. 1007.22 - Articulation; Postsecondary Institution Coordination and Collaboration
Fla. Stat. 1007.23 - Statewide Articulation Agreement
Fla. Stat. 1007.235 - District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreements
Fla. Stat. 1007.24 - Statewide Course Numbering System
Fla. Stat. 1007.34 - College Reach-out Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.2315 - Assignment of Teachers
Fla. Stat. 1012.98 - School Community Professional Development Act
Fla. Stat. 20.155 - Board of Governors of the State University System
Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.060 - Community Colleges: Accountability Standards

Exit / Entrance Examinations

Fla. Stat. 1007.21 - Readiness for Postsecondary Education and the Workplace
Fla. Stat. 1007.263 - Community Colleges; Admissions of Students
Fla. Stat. 1008.29 - College-level Communication and Math Skills Examination (CLAST)
Fla. Stat. 1008.30 - Common Placement Testing for Public Postsecondary Education

General Education Core

Fla. Stat. 1007.25 - General Education Courses; Common Prerequisites; Other Degree Requirements.

Incentives or Rewards

Fla. Stat. 1003.4281 - Early High School Graduation
Fla. Stat. 1007.27 - Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms
Fla. Stat. 1009.286 - Additional Student Payment for Hours Exceeding Baccalaureate Degree Program Completion Requirements at State Universities.

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

Fla. Stat. 1002.3105 - Student and Parental Rights and Educational Choices - Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL)
Fla. Stat. 1003.491 - Florida Career and Professional Education Act
Fla. Stat. 1006.40 - Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education - Use of instructional materials allocation; instructional materials, library books, and reference books; repair of books

Middle to High School Articulation

Fla. Stat. 1003.413 - Florida Secondary School Redesign Act
Fla. Stat. 1003.4156 - General Requirements for Middle Grades Promotion

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Fla. Stat. 1004.091 - Florida Distance Learning Consortium.
Fla. Stat. 1004.0961 - Credit for Online Courses
Fla. Stat. 1004.51 - Community and Faith-based Organizations Initiative; Community and Library Technology Access Partnership
Fla. Stat. 1006.73 - Support for Learning - Florida Virtual Campus
Fla. Stat. 1007.28 - Computer Assisted Student Advising System
Fla. Stat. 1007.33 - Site-determined Baccalaureate Degree Access

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Fla. Stat. 1003.41 - Sunshine State Standards
Fla. Stat. 1003.42 - Required Instruction
Fla. Stat. 1003.4281 - Early High School Graduation
Fla. Stat. 1004.0961 - Credit for Online Courses
Fla. Stat. 1007.262 - Foreign Language Competence; Equivalence Determinations

Statewide Articulation Guides

Fla. Stat. 1007.22 - Articulation; Postsecondary Institution Coordination and Collaboration
Fla. Stat. 1007.23 - Statewide Articulation Agreement
Fla. Stat. 1007.235 - District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreements
Fla. Stat. 1007.24 - Statewide Course Numbering System

Transfer Agreements

Fla. Stat. 1007.22 - Articulation; Postsecondary Institution Coordination and Collaboration
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Florida has a comprehensive K-20 education data system and warehouse. The mission of the system is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by allowing them the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research. The K-20 education performance accountability system is established as a single, unified accountability system with multiple components, including, but not limited to, measures of adequate yearly progress, individual student learning gains in public schools, school grades, and return on investment. The Department of Education maintains an accountability system that measures student progress toward the following goals: highest student achievement, as indicated by evidence of student learning gains at all levels; seamless articulation and maximum access, as measured by evidence of progression, readiness, and access by targeted groups of students identified by the Commissioner of Education; skilled workforce and economic development, as measured by evidence of employment and earnings; quality efficient services, as measured by evidence of return on investment; and other goals as identified by law or rule. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

Fla. Stat. 1001.10 - Commissioner of Education; General Powers and Duties
Fla. Stat. 1001.271 - K-20 Governance - Department of Education - Florida Information Resource Network
Fla. Stat. 1008.385 - Educational Planning and Information Systems
Fla. Stat. 1008.39 - Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program
Fla. Stat. 1008.405 - Adult Student Information
Fla. Stat. 1008.41 - Workforce Development Education Management Information System
Fla. Stat. 1008.42 - Public Information on Career Education Programs

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Fla. Stat. 1001.03 - Specific Powers of State Board of Education
Fla. Stat. 1003.49 - Graduation and Promotion Requirements for Publicly Operated Schools
Fla. Stat. 1008.22 - Student Assessment Program for Public Schools
Fla. Stat. 1008.31 - Florida's K-20 Education Performance Accountability System; Legislative Intent; Mission, Goals, and Systemwide Measures; Data Quality Improvements
Fla. Stat. 1008.33 - Authority to Enforce Public School Improvement
Fla. Stat. 1008.34 - School Grading System; School Report Cards; District Grade
Fla. Stat. 1008.341 - School Improvement Rating for Alternative Schools
Fla. Stat. 1008.345 - Implementation of State System of School Improvement and Accountability
Fla. Stat. 1008.38 - Articulation Accountability Process

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

Fla. Stat. 1004.345 - The Florida Polytechnic University
Fla. Stat. 1004.68 - Community College; Degrees and Certificates; Tests for Certain Skills
Fla. Stat. 1008.31 - Florida's K-20 Education Performance Accountability System; Legislative Intent; Mission, Goals, and Systemwide Measures; Data Quality Improvements
Fla. Stat. 1008.322 - Assessment and Accountability

Fla. Stat. 1008.345 - Implementation of State System of School Improvement and Accountability
Fla. Stat. 1008.38 - Articulation Accountability Process
Fla. Stat. 1008.42 - Public Information on Career Education Programs
Fla. Stat. 1008.45 - Community College Accountability Process
Fla. Stat. 1008.46 - State University Accountability Process

Reporting Systems that Address Student Transition or Provide Feedback to High Schools

Fla. Stat. 1008.37 - Postsecondary Feedback to High Schools
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EARLY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Florida has a state-level outreach program grounded in statute and funded annually by legislative appropriation. The College Reach-Out Program (CROP) was created to prepare disadvantaged students in grades 6 through 12 to complete postsecondary education. Participating institutions must provide procedures for continuous contact with students from when they are selected for participation until postsecondary enrollment. Program goals are delineated in statute and each program must have an evaluation component that provides for the collection, maintenance, retrieval, and analysis of data required by the state. Examples of other efforts include: the Governor's Mentoring Initiative, designed to recruit 200,000 Floridians to become mentors; and, Take Stock in Children, a public-private partnership that helps low-income children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, high standards, parental involvement and community support. Other policies related to outreach include the Community College Access Challenge in which funds are appropriated to the community colleges to implement joint programs with K-12 partners; the Single College Placement Test legislation which allows early assessment for placement in early intervention efforts; and the State University System Education Partnerships Initiative that establishes partnerships between universities and high schools, develops and disseminates publications, and works to increase student participation in pre-college outreach programs. (Prepared by Andrea Venezia- Consultant / Reviewed by the Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement, FY 2003)

Community Outreach

Fla. Stat. 1002.23 - Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act
Fla. Stat. 1007.34 - College Reach-out Program

Early Awareness Programs / College Prep

Fla. Stat. 1002.23 - Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act
Fla. Stat. 1007.34 - College Reach-out Program
Fla. Stat. 1008.25 - Public School Student Progression; Remedial Instruction; Reporting Requirements
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Fla. Stat. 1000.05 - Discrimination Against Students and Employee in the Florida K-20 Education System Prohibited; Equality of Access Required
Fla. Stat. 1006.71 - Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
Fla. Stat. 1012.86 - Community College Employment Equity Accountability Program

Anti-discrimination

Fla. Stat. 1000.05 - Discrimination Against Students and Employee in the Florida K-20 Education System Prohibited; Equality of Access Required
Fla. Stat. 1007.264 - Impaired and Learning Disabled Persons; Admission to Postsecondary Educational Institutions; Substitute Requirements; Rules
Fla. Stat. 1007.265 - Impaired and learning Disabled Persons; Graduation, Study Program Admission, and Upper-Division Entry; Substitute Requirements; Rules
Fla. Stat. 1012.86 - Community College Employment Equity Accountability Program

Efforts to Close Achievement Gaps

Fla. Stat. 1007.35 - Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement

Funding Equalization

Fla. Stat. 1006.71 - Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

Legal Issues

Fla. Stat. 1000.05 - Discrimination Against Students and Employee in the Florida K-20 Education System Prohibited; Equality of Access Required
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FINANCE

Undergraduate tuition rates are established annually in the General Appropriations Act. The president of each public four-year institution recommends to their board of trustees a schedule of tuition and fees to be charged by the university within the law and rules of the State Board of Education. The board of trustees then approves these rates and submits them to the Board of Governors for approval. The Board of Governors establishes tuition for graduate and professional programs, and out-of-state fees for all programs. The sum of tuition and out-of-state fees assessed to non-resident students must be sufficient to offset the full instructional cost of serving such students. Upon recommendation from the president, each community college board of trustees establishes tuition and out-of-state fees, which may vary no more than 10 percent below and 15 percent above the combined total of the fee schedule adopted by the State Board of Education and the technology fee adopted by a board of trustees. Tuition and fee waivers vary by institution. For example, community colleges may waive fees for any fee-nonexempt student, a state university may waive any or all fees for persons who supervise interns for the university, and a state university may waive application, tuition, and related fees for persons 60 years of age and older. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Fla. Stat. 1001.02 - General Powers of State Board of Education
Fla. Stat. 1001.64 - Community College Boards of Trustees; Powers and Duties.
Fla. Stat. 1001.65 - Community College Presidents; Powers and Duties
Fla. Stat. 1001.74 - Powers and Duties of University Boards of Trustees
Fla. Stat. 1004.73 - St. Petersburg College
Fla. Stat. 1004.77 - Centers of Technology Innovation
Fla. Stat. 1009.22 - Workforce Development Postsecondary Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.23 - Community College Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.24 - State University Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 250.10 - Military Code: Appointment and Duties of the Adjutant General.
Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.054 - Community Colleges: Student Fees

Fee-Specific Policies

Fla. Stat. 1009.01 - Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance: Definitions
Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.054 - Community Colleges: Student Fees

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Fla. Stat. 1009.25 - Fee Exemptions
Fla. Stat. 1009.26 - Fee Waivers
Fla. Stat. 1009.265 - State Employee Fee Waivers
Fla. Stat. 110.1099 - Education and Training Opportunities for State Employees
Fla. Stat. 295.01 - Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans; Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Servicemembers; Education
Fla. Stat. 295.02 - Use of Funds; Age, etc.
Fla. Stat. 295.03 - Laws Relating to Veterans; General Provisions: Minimum Requirements
Fla. Stat. 409.1451 - Independent Living Transition Services
Fla. Stat. 440.16 - Workers' Compensation: Compensation for Death
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.019 - Student Financial Assistance: Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Children of Servicemen Classified as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action Scholarships

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Fla. Stat. 1009.01 - Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance: Definitions
Fla. Stat. 1009.22 - Workforce Development Postsecondary Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.23 - Community College Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.24 - State University Student Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.27 - Deferral of Fees
Fla. Stat. 1009.28 - Fees for Repeated Enrollment in College-Preparatory Classes
Fla. Stat. 1009.285 - Fees for Repeated Enrollment in College-Credit Courses
Fla. Stat. 1009.29 - Increased Fees for Funding Financial Aid Program
Fla. Stat. 1011.41 - Universities: Preparation, Adoption, and Implementation of Budgets: University Appropriations
Fla. Stat. 1011.4106 - Trust Fund Dissolution and Local Account Appropriations
Fla. Stat. 1011.91 - Funding for Universities: Additional Appropriations
Fla. Stat. 110.1099 - Education and Training Opportunities for State Employees
Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.0541 - Community Colleges: Student Fee Refunds
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Florida law allows only community colleges and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to offer remedial education courses. State universities may contract with community colleges to provide these services for underprepared students. Florida statute also requires a common course placement test to be taken by degree seeking students. The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), a newly developed state-specific assessment, is used for course placement and is aligned with the Florida Postsecondary Readiness Competencies and the Common Core State Standards. Most students will take the PERT but they may also be placed into college-level courses by presenting a qualifying ACT or SAT scores. Students who are placed into developmental courses can take the PERT Diagnostic assessment to identify specific skill deficiencies. Florida produces two annual reports that include remedial education. One report is tied to a policy that requires feedback data to districts on the performance of high school graduates in their first year of postsecondary education. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Accountability, Reporting Rates of Enrollment and Costs of Remediation

Fla. Stat. 1007.235 - District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreements

Collaborative Efforts to Reduce the Need for Remediation

Fla. Stat. 1007.235 - District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreements
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RESIDENCY

Florida's residency policies are set in the legislature. To qualify for in-state tuition benefits, the student must have resided in the state for at least one year prior to enrollment at a public institution of higher education. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Resident tuition benefits are extended to a variety of students who meet certain requirements that include, but are not limited to, active members of the United States armed forces, active members of the Florida National Guard, their dependents and spouses; United States citizens in the Isthmus of Panama who have completed a continuous year of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, their spouses and dependent children; students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government; and active members of the Canadian military who are residing or stationed in Florida under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a community college or state university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed. Finally, individuals with legal permanent immigration status who meet the residency requirements are granted resident tuition benefits. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Fla. Stat. 1009.21 - Determination of Resident Status for Tuition Purposes
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a variety of grant and loan programs that supplement aid available to Florida residents from federal, institutional, and private sources. For the 2005-06 academic year, Florida appropriated 107,849 million for need-based aid and 310,144 million for non-need-based aid. The state's primary need-based program is the Florida Student Assistance Grant. The primary merit-based program, the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, requires a minimum GPA and SAT/ACT composite score. The William Boyd Florida Resident Access Grant provides non-need-based tuition assistance to Florida full-time resident students attending qualifying independent non-profit institutions in the state. The state provides a need and merit-based grant for students attending historically black colleges in Florida, and a scholarship program for students of Spanish, Latin or Mexican descent. There are also college savings plans available. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Comprehensive Initiative

Fla. Stat. 1009.94 - Student Financial Assitance Database.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Fla. Stat. 1009.40 - General Requirements for Student Eligibility for State Financial Aid Awards and Tuition Assistance Grants
Fla. Stat. 1009.44 - Need-based Financial Aid; No Preference to Students Receiving Other Aid
Fla. Stat. 1009.50 - Florida Student Assistance Grant Program; Eligibility for Grants
Fla. Stat. 1009.51 - Florida Private Student Assistance Grant Program; eligibility for Grants
Fla. Stat. 1009.52 - Florida Postsecondary Student Grant Program; Eligibility for Grants
Fla. Stat. 1009.53 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.531 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Student Eligibility Requirements for Intitial Awards
Fla. Stat. 1009.532 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Student Eligibility for Renewal Awards
Fla. Stat. 1009.533 - Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Eligible Postsecondary Institutions
Fla. Stat. 1009.534 - Florida Academic Scholars Award
Fla. Stat. 1009.535 - Florida Medallion Scholars Award
Fla. Stat. 1009.536 - Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Fla. Stat. 1009.537 - Eligibility for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Transition
Fla. Stat. 1009.538 - Bright Futures Scholarship Recipients Attending Nonpublic Institutions; Calculation of Awards
Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.56 - Seminole and Miccosukee Indian Scholarships
Fla. Stat. 1009.68 - Florida Minority Medical Education Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.69 - Virgil Hawkins Fellows Assistance Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.701 - First Generation Matching Grant Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.72 - Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.73 - Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.74 - The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.76 - Ethics in Business Scholarship Program for State Universities
Fla. Stat. 1009.77 - Florida Work Experience Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.78 - Student Loan Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.80 - Approval of Loans; Administration of Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.82 - Terms of Loans
Fla. Stat. 1009.83 - Rate of Interest and Other Charges
Fla. Stat. 1009.85 - Participation in Guaranteed Student Loan Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.89 - The William L Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant
Fla. Stat. 1009.90 - Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance: Duties of the Department of Education.
Fla. Stat. 1009.91 - Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance: Assistance Programs and Activities of the Department
Fla. Stat. 1009.94 - Student Financial Assitance Database.
Fla. Stat. 1011.85 - Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Community Colleges
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.001 - Student Financial Assistance: Definitions of Terms for State Student Aid Programs
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.002 - Student Financial Assistance: Postsecondary Educational Institution Administrative Responsibilities for State Student Aid Programs
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.003 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Residency as a Requirement for the Receipt of State Student Aid
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.007 - Student Financial Assistance: William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grants
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.020 - Student Financial Assistance: Seminole and Miccosukee Indian Scholarships
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.023 - Student Financial Assistance: Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.024 - Student Financial Assistance: Collection and Settlement of Delinquent State Loan Accounts
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.026 - Student Financial Assistance: Virgil Hawkins Fellows Scholarships
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.027 - Student Financial Assistance: Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.029 - Student Financial Assistance: Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program and Trust Fund
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.031 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Public Student Assistance Grant
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.032 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Private Student Assistance Grant
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.033 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.0371 - Student Financial Assistance: Right to Appeal Eligibility Determination
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.038 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Work Experience Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.040 - Student Financial Assistance: Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Tuition Reimbursement Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.041 - Student Financial Assistance: Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.042 - Student Financial Assistance: Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Scholarship Loan Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.044 - Student Financial Assistance: Limited Access Competitive Grant
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.099 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Federal Family Education Loan Program

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Fla. Stat. 1009.44 - Need-based Financial Aid; No Preference to Students Receiving Other Aid
Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.56 - Seminole and Miccosukee Indian Scholarships
Fla. Stat. 1009.701 - First Generation Matching Grant Program
Fla. Stat. 1011.85 - Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Community Colleges

Tuition Savings Plan

Fla. Stat. 1009.971 - Florida Prepaid College Board
Fla. Stat. 1009.98 - Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.981 - Florida College Savings Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.984 - Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship Program
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STUDENT RETENTION


Efforts Aimed at Underserved Students

Fla. Stat. 1007.35 - Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement
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TEACHING QUALITY

Florida has been proactive in its efforts to recruit and retain teachers while facing a shortage of highly qualified teachers over the past decade. Over the past several years, Florida has introduced several versions of teacher performance pay, and in 2007 eventually enacted the Merit Award Program, a voluntary performance pay program for instructional personnel and school based administrators. School districts must adopt plans that would designate the outstanding performers, who would receive a merit-based pay supplement of at least five percent, but no more than 10 percent of the district's average teacher's salary. School districts would determine eligibility for the merit-based pay supplement based upon student academic proficiency, learning gains, or both as measured by statewide standardized assessments and local district-determined assessments, as well as other performance factors. At least 60 percent of the overall personnel evaluation must relate to student performance and up to 40 percent must relate to professional practices. The legislation allows the participation of charter schools, provides for an annual compliance review by the Commissioner of Education, and requires status reports to the Legislature and the Governor on the implementation of pay plans. Florida also now allows the use of various teaching strategies such as team teaching, co-teaching and inclusion teaching in order to implement class-size reduction. (Last updated 2008)

Alignment of Teacher Preparation with K-12 Standards

Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.72 - Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Fla. Stat. 1012.71 - The Florida Teachers Lead Program Stipend
Fla. Stat. 1009.54 - Critical Teacher Shortage Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.57 - Florida Teacher Scholarship and Forgivable Loan Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.58 - Critical Teacher Shortage Tuition Reimbursement Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.59 - Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.60 - Minority Teacher Education Scholars Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.605 - Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc
Fla. Stat. 1009.61 - Teachers/Quest Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.64 - Certified Education Paraprofessional Welfare Transition Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.06 - Temporary Assignment of Professional Staff among K-20 System
Fla. Stat. 1012.225 - Merit Award Program for Instructional Personnel and School-Based Administrators
Fla. Stat. 1012.71 - The Florida Teachers Lead Program Stipend
Fla. Stat. 1012.72 - Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.012 - Student Financial Assistance: Critical Teacher Shortage Tuition Reimbursement Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.013 - Student Financial Assistance: Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.025 - Student Financial Assistance: Grants for Teachers for Special Training in Exceptional Student Education
Florida Administrative Code 6A-20.039 - Student Financial Assistance: Florida Teacher Scholarship and Forgivable Loan Program

Licensure and Certification

Fla. Stat. 1012.32 - Qualifications of Personnel
Fla. Stat. 1012.54 - Purpose of Instructional Personnel Certification
Fla. Stat. 1012.56 - Educator Certification Requirements
Fla. Stat. 1012.57 - Certification of Adjunct Educators
Fla. Stat. 1012.575 - Alternative Preparation Programs for Certified Teachers to Add Additional Coverage
Fla. Stat. 1012.72 - Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.79 - Education Practices Commission; organization
Florida Administrative Code 6A-4.0021 - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations
Florida Administrative Code 6A-4.0051 - Renewal and Reinstatement of a Professional Certificate

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Fla. Stat. 1003.03 - Maximum Class Size
Fla. Stat. 1004.04 - Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs

Professional Development

Fla. Stat. 1001.215 - Just Read, Florida! Office
Fla. Stat. 1003.03 - Maximum Class Size
Fla. Stat. 1011.86 - Educational Leadership Enhancement Grants
Fla. Stat. 1012.06 - Temporary Assignment of Professional Staff among K-20 System
Fla. Stat. 1012.72 - Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.98 - School Community Professional Development Act
Fla. Stat. 1012.985 - Statewide system for in-service professional development

Programs Evaluation

Fla. Stat. 1004.04 - Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs
Fla. Stat. 1012.98 - School Community Professional Development Act

Recruitment

Fla. Stat. Ann. 1012.05 - Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Fla. Stat. 1004.04 - Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs
Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.64 - Certified Education Paraprofessional Welfare Transition Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.58 - Transition to Teaching Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.77 - Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.99 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel

Supply and Demand Strategies

Fla. Stat. Ann. 1012.07 - Identification of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas
Fla. Stat. 1009.54 - Critical Teacher Shortage Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.55 - Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.57 - Florida Teacher Scholarship and Forgivable Loan Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.58 - Critical Teacher Shortage Tuition Reimbursement Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.59 - Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.61 - Teachers/Quest Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1009.64 - Certified Education Paraprofessional Welfare Transition Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.07 - Identification of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas
Fla. Stat. 1012.2315 - Assignment of Teachers
Fla. Stat. 1012.57 - Certification of Adjunct Educators
Fla. Stat. 1012.58 - Transition to Teaching Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.77 - Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.99 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

Fla. Stat. 1012.99 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel

Teacher Preparation

Fla. Stat. 1012.71 - The Florida Teachers Lead Program Stipend
Fla. Stat. 1001.215 - Just Read, Florida! Office
Fla. Stat. 1004.04 - Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs
Fla. Stat. 1009.61 - Teachers/Quest Scholarship Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.52 - Teacher Quality; Legislative Findings
Fla. Stat. 1012.54 - Purpose of Instructional Personnel Certification
Fla. Stat. 1012.57 - Certification of Adjunct Educators
Fla. Stat. 1012.575 - Alternative Preparation Programs for Certified Teachers to Add Additional Coverage
Fla. Stat. 1012.72 - Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program
Fla. Stat. 1012.98 - School Community Professional Development Act
Fla. Stat. 1012.985 - Statewide system for in-service professional development

Teacher Retention

Fla. Stat. Ann. 1012.05 - Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Fla. Stat. 1003.03 - Maximum Class Size
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