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Monday, September 29, 2008

FYI: New State High School Diploma Requirements

There’s a lot of interesting reading in this Senate bill text, pertaining to changes in the Sunshine State Standards (ie “ Next Generation Sunshine State Standards) .While, in and of itself, this legislation has no specific bearing on home education in Florida, it's useful for several reasons, not the least of which is simply being informed about curriculum standards in FL.


Some homeschoolers follow along with the standards, many do not. But if there’s a chance that you plan to enroll your child in public ed, you may want to stay informed about upcoming changes. Even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to stay informed about changes to standards, especially if you’ve got kids making their way through high school at home and you plan to create diplomas for them, or want to align their transcripts with public ed requirements for college or career needs.


You can see (and save a copy of) the new diploma form here:

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5142/k12-2008-159.pdf


You can see the new "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards" (in progress) here: http://www.floridastandards.org


From the FL DOE (excerpt below - visit link for full memo)

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5142/k12-2008-159.pdf


DATE: September 25, 2008

SUBJECT: HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA DESIGNATIONS

Recently enacted Senate Bill 1908 created a new section of statute that requires the following four new designations are included on the standard high school diploma beginning with the 2008-09 school year, as applicable:


Major Area of Interest, pursuant to completion of credits as provided in section 1003.428, Florida Statutes

Completion of four or more accelerated college credit courses in AP, IB, AICE, or dual enrollment if the student is eligible for college credit pursuant to sections 1007.27 or 1007.271, Florida Statutes

Career education certification in accordance with section 1003.431, Florida Statutes

Florida Ready to Work Credential in accordance with section 1004.99, Florida Statutes


Senate Bill 1908 can be viewed at: http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2008/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s1908er.pdf (see page 18).

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