April 23, 2009(Key vote)
Title: Changes in High School Graduation Standards
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that changes the educational policy in the states by increasing the math and science requirements and the score needed on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to receive a high school diploma.
-Mandates schools to advise students about the availability of Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, dual enrollment classes, and course offerings through the Florida Virtual School (Sec. 1).
-Adds Geometry, Algebra I (Algebra II in the 2012-2013 school year), Biology I, Chemistry or Physics, and one higher-level science as a requirement towards graduation for high school students (Sec. 1).
-Requires schools to provide proper instruction for students with disabilities to demonstrate proficiency (Sec. 2).
-Raises the passing Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) score to meet minimum grade-level proficiency (Sec. 7).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.