400.0 — ACADEMIC AND CURRICULUM INFORMATION
400.1 — Honor
Board of Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School District strongly
believe that academic honesty must be practiced by all students. Cheating is
defined by the school board and the district as “The inappropriate and
deliberate distribution or use of information, notes, materials, or the work of
another person, or the unauthorized use of technology devices in the completion
of an academic assessment or assignment.”
expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times. Each student is
expected to do his or her own work, except where collaboration is required by
the teacher. This includes test-taking, homework, class assignments and the
original creation of essays, compositions, term papers and research. There is
no distinction between giving and receiving unauthorized help; one who helps
another to cheat is as guilty as one who benefits from cheating. All work
submitted by the student should be a true reflection of that student’s own
effort and ability.
this policy may result in academic and/or disciplinary consequences, loss of
eligibility for local scholarships, and/or loss of honors, awards and membership
in extracurricular activities.
400.2 — Grading Policy
students will receive a report card at the end of each grading period
indicating their progress on the end of the year standards, referred to as
Performance Standards Grade, as well as an Effort Grade. Responsibilities of the Learner indicates the
student’s work habits and are given quarterly.
students will receive a report card at the end of each grading period
indicating their progress on end of the year standards, referred to as
Performance Standard Grade. Students will also be given an Effort Grade each
quarter. Academic Grades will be given only in quarters 2, 4, and the Final
for all content areas. Responsibilities
of the Learner indicates the student’s work habits and are given quarterly.
school students (grades 1-5) will receive achievement grades for all academic
subjects as well as work habits grades and effort grades that are separate from
academic achievement grades. Middle school students (grades 6-8) receive grades
in all academic areas, as well as work habits grades and effort grades that are
separate from academic achievement grades. High school students (grades 9-12)
are assigned achievement grades in all subjects. Also, for each course taken by
high school students, 20 percent of the grade will be based on employability
skills, such as attitude, organization and appropriate dress for class.
400.3 — Report Card
instruction in every subject is based on the district curriculum, which
includes the Florida Standards. A teacher’s recorded grade of a child’s
progress is based on progress made toward mastery of these standards. Issued
every quarter during the school year, the report card explains the grading
system adopted by Sarasota County Schools. Attendance and conduct information
are also recorded.
Report cards are distributed electronically through the Parent Portal four times per year, after the end of each grading
period. These dates will be posted on the district website.
400.4 — Promotion
and the state of Florida establish promotion requirements and guidelines for
Student Progression Plans (SPP). These guidelines are then used to set student
performance standards and promotional and graduation requirements for Grades
A more detailed outline of these plans can be found on the Curriculum
and Instruction page on the district’s website, SarasotaCountySchools.net.
promotion guidelines, curriculum standards and the Florida Standards allow
every child, in every public school in Florida, to have the same learning
opportunities in the same grades, regardless of the location. Parents may review course information at CPALMS,
http://www.cpalms.org/Public/, to obtain the State approved course descriptions
or they may
ask their child’s teacher for a copy of the
course syllabus or course of study for a grading period. In addition, parents
are able to examine their child’s textbook and coursework to make sure a child
is on the right educational track.
Promotion and Graduation RequirementsElementary School (grades K–5)Promotion to the next grade
level is based on the following factors:
- Adequate progress in reading,
writing, mathematics, and science as demonstrated by the mastery of local
- The Florida Standards
- Achievement above the 19th
percentile on the Third Grade Florida Standards Assessment- English Language
Arts (Third Grade only; standard set for 2015 assessment). Good Cause Exemption
from Mandatory Retention may be considered for particular students based on
- District assessments
- Physical, emotional and social
Middle School (grades 6–8)Promotion to the next grade
level is outlined in the Student Progression Plan and is based on:
High School (grades 9-12)To graduate from high school
with a standard diploma, students must:
completion of required courses in English language arts, mathematics, science,
and social studies.
- Earn at least 24 or 26 credits if
attending a traditionally scheduled high school.*
- Earn 28 credits if attending a
block-scheduled high school.
- Earn 18 credits for the ACCEL diploma.
- Achieve a cumulative grade
point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Pass the appropriate state
assessments required for graduation.
Pine View School, students must earn 26 credits with
specific requirements. The ACCEL
standard diploma with 18 credits and the State of Florida Standard diploma with
24 credits is also available. For students attending Oak
Park School, 24 credits are required for a standard diploma. The district also
offers a General Educational Development (GED) exit option and the
Performance-Based Diploma (PBD) program for eligible students (more information
follows in this section). The Enhanced New Needed Opportunity for Better Life
and Education for Students with Disabilities (ENNOBLES) Act provides for the
waiver of the FSA/EOC requirement for graduation with a standard diploma for
certain students with an IEP who have met all other requirements for graduation
with a standard diploma, except passing scores on the FSA Algebra 1 end of course exam and/or the grade 10 English Language Assessment. Additional
information regarding FSA/EOC waiver can be obtained from the school’s ESE
400.5 — Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
child will have the same pathway to a diploma. Some children may need an
accelerated curriculum (gifted services), while others may have a disability
that interferes with their ability to benefit from the regular curriculum.
Exceptional Student Education includes students who are intellectually gifted
as well as students with disabilities.
child is considered for ESE program eligibility, the child's teacher and School Wide Support Team (SWST) will meet with the parent to discuss the specific educational
needs of the child. Appropriate interventions are put into place and monitored
on a daily or weekly basis, as determined by the SWST.
disabilities who do not respond to these academic and/or behavioral
interventions are then referred to the school-based Children At Risk in
Education (CARE) Team. The CARE Team further reviews the child’s progress and
determines if more intense interventions are needed. The CARE team also may
make a referral for formal evaluation. This evaluation is one of the required
steps in determining if a child is eligible for special educational services
provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
IDEA, a parent has the right to be involved in the eligibility/placement
process and the development of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that is
used to meet his or her child’s special needs. A complete summary of parental
and school district rights under the IDEA is contained in a document titled Summary
of Procedural Safeguards
. You may obtain a copy of the document from
the ESE liaison at your school or directly from the Pupil Support Services
If a child
has high grades or test scores, he or she may benefit from attending a program
for the intellectually gifted. First, the child will need to be referred for
evaluation and must meet regulations set by the state. If a child qualifies for
the program, an Educational Plan (EP) addressing the child’s needs will be
written. Intellectually gifted children in Sarasota County have several
alternatives. They may remain at their neighborhood school and participate in
the programs offered there. If they meet the criteria for a full-time gifted
program, they may attend one of the programs for gifted students at either a
north or south county site, or they may attend Pine View School.
in the district has at least one school counselor and one ESE liaison. In
addition, each school is assigned a school psychologist and social worker whom
parents may contact. Each psychologist and social worker serves more than one
school. These staff members help parents with any concerns regarding the
interventions, testing or Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs and
services their child may need. In addition, parents may contact an ESE Program
Specialist at the ESE district office by calling 927-9000, or they may contact
their child’s school counselor or the school’s ESE liaison for more
400.6 — Classroom Accommodations/Modifications
Once a child
is determined to be eligible for special education services, an Individual Educational
Plan is developed. The plan involves a parent, the teachers and other school
staff in determining which special services will be provided to a child. The
IEP may include accommodations, modifications or both.
are changes in how a child is taught or tested in the regular-education
classroom setting. They may include changes in the areas of instructional
methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and
scheduling, the learning environment and/or special communication systems. The
IEP must include a statement about any accommodations that will be made for a
child when taking state or district assessment tests such as the Florida
Standards Assessment (FSA). The identification of appropriate accommodations is
unique to each student and should be reviewed at least on an annual basis.
Modifications are changes in what a child is expected to learn, such as working
in an alternative curriculum.
400.7 — Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Plan is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in public and private programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.
400.8 — FSA and End-of-Course Accommodations
The Florida Department of Education,
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, publishes a manual
listing descriptions of Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and End-of-Course
(EOC) accommodations. Parents may also contact the district’s Research,
Assessment and Evaluation office or the Exceptional Student Educational
Services department at 941-927-9000, their child’s school counselor, ESE
liaison or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) liaison for this
Examples of FSA and
End-of-Course accommodations may include large print, one item per page,
Braille or oral presentations; extended time for tests; different settings for
testing such as small-group; or special equipment provided to assist the
student (i.e., talking calculators or enhanced seeing and hearing devices).
Other accommodations may be approved, if they have been regularly used
by the student for classroom instruction and included on the IEP or 504 Plan.
No accommodations may alter the content of the test. (No FSA accommodation may
be provided to a student unless it is an approved accommodation, as stated in
the FSA Administration Manual.)
400.9 —FSA and End-of-Course Accommodations for English Language Learners
End-of-Course accommodations for ELLs may include some or all of the following:
flexible setting, flexible scheduling, extended timing, assistance in heritage
language, and an approved word-to-word English/Heritage Language - Heritage Language/English dictionary. Districts are required to offer
accommodations to English Language Learners/Limited English Proficient students
who are currently receiving services in a program operated in accordance with
an approved district ELL plan. The test may be administered with any of these
modifications or a combination of accommodations determined to be appropriate
for the particular needs of the ELL student. [Rule 6A-6.09091]
400.10 — ESOL & Migrant Programs
County School District recognizes the linguistic and cultural diversity of its
students, and encourages all students to preserve their native cultures while
developing an awareness of U.S. culture. The English for Speakers of Other
Languages (ESOL) program in Sarasota County is designed to provide linguistic, academic,
social, cultural and support programs and services to students who are English Language
district’s goal is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) students
opportunities to achieve the Englsih Language Development Standards (WIDA) and Florida Standards for all academic subject areas,
and obtain a high school diploma or a GED.
400.10a — Initial Identification
shall be surveyed upon initial enrollment in a district school. Adults
registering students will complete, with assistance in their language, where
feasible, the Home Language Survey (HLS) containing three questions required by
1. Is a language
other than English used in the home?
2. Did the
student have a first language other than English?
3. Does the
student most frequently speak a language other than English?
If there is
an affirmative response to any of the three questions on the HLS, a language
proficiency evaluation/assessment will take place to determine if the student
is Limited English Proficient (LEP).
Any student who scores within the
Limited English Proficient range shall be determined to be an English Language
Learner (ELL) student and shall be
provided appropriate instruction, ESOL services and funding as specified in Florida
Statute §1003.56, as amended by Chapter 2002-387, Laws of Florida.
school will offer instruction for ELL students that complies with the 1990
LULAC/ META Consent Decree and the District ELL Plan (approved by the Sarasota
County District School Board and the Florida DOE).
400.10b — Programmatic Assessments
DOE Florida Administrative Code rule, “parents have the right to have their
child immediately removed from a language instruction educational program and
to decline to
enroll the student
in such a program or choose other instructional
options, if available.” For purposes of this subparagraph, a “language
instruction educational program” means an instruction course in which an ELL is
placed for the purpose of developing and attaining English proficiency and
which may make instructional use of both English and a child’s heritage
language. Nothing herein shall alter the duty of the district to provide highly
qualified, duly certified or endorsed ESOL instructors in accordance with rule
6A-1.09441, F.A.C., and the Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments
that are reference in the rule. If any parent or guardian of an ELL
communicates a refusal to have his or her child enrolled in an ELL program, the
district shall have the student’s principal or another representative of the
school meet with the parent to:
1. Describe the
range of programs and services that the child could receive if the
parent does not refuse, including the methodology the district plans to employ to address the student’s educational needs and the
training and qualifications of teachers and any others who would be employed in
teaching the student;
2. Discuss the
benefits their child is likely to gain by being enrolled in an ELL program and receiving
3. Explain that,
notwithstanding any past practice, the district shall not require students to
be assigned to programs specifically designated for ELLs, or schools containing
such programs, in order to receive ELL services. FS 6A-6.0902(3,d).
400.10c —Appropriate Programming
Language Learner students shall have equal access to appropriate programs,
which shall include state-funded ESOL instruction and instruction in basic
subject areas which are comprehensible to English Language Learner students and
that are equal and comparable in amount, scope, sequence and quality to that
provided to English-proficient students. Such programs shall seek to develop
English language proficiency and academic potential.
English Language Learners with special needs disabilities shall be
provided equal and comparable services to those provided to English proficient
students on a timely basis and appropriate to the level of English-proficiency.
English Language Learners who, by the end of grade 12, fail to meet the
10th-grade statewide assessment, shall be provided appropriate programming as
specified in Rule 6A-6.0909, of the Florida Administrative Code.
Language Learners shall be given credit toward fulfilling graduation
requirements in English for each basic ESOL course completed satisfactorily.
Credit shall be given toward fulfilling graduation requirements for each basic
subject area course completed satisfactorily.
Sarasota County uses a variety of ESOL program models to meet diverse
The Mainstream/Immersion Model places English Language Learners/Limited English
Proficient students into monolingual English classrooms with special support
and assistance from a teacher trained in ESOL strategies.
The Sheltered Academic Instruction Model is offered at
middle and high schools, these courses focus on English language arts and
language development and are designed to make them comprehensible to English
Language Learners. Techniques include simplified speech, computer assisted instruction
and hands-on activities.
400.10d —Grading Policy and Promotion of English Language Learners
achievement will include progress toward mastery of Florida Standards and WIDA Standards. The
academic grade represents the progress made on a student’s instructional level;
it does not necessarily reflect achievement on grade level.
English Language Learners may not receive a failing grade if
instructional strategies, materials and assessment have not been modified in
order to meet their instructional needs. In addition, these modifications and
strategies must be documented in teacher lesson plans. School administrators in
charge of teacher evaluation are responsible for ensuring that teachers are
modifying instructions and assessment in order to provide comprehensible
instruction to English Language Learners.
Students from a foreign country registering at a district school and who have academic records, i.e., credit transcript, from their country of origin will be placed accordingly. If no documentation is available nor a possibility of their previous school sending a transcript, grade level placement will be age appropriate. If a student has a diploma or certificate of high school completion from their country of origin, the student may not register in a Sarasota County Schools high school. No student will be retained solely due to
his/her level of English language proficiency. Promotion or retention decision
may not be made for any ELL student based solely on a score of a single
assessment instrument, including FSA/FCAT.
information on Grade 3 Mandatory Retention and Good Cause Exemptions, refer to the Student
additional information refer to Section 400.2 - Grading Policy, Section 400.4 -
Promotion Policy. You may also refer to the Student Progression Plan.
The ESOL Program, through a Title III
grant, provides parents of ELL students with the service of a Parent Outreach
Facilitator. The objective of the Parent
Facilitator is to assist parents in becoming actively involved at home and
school in the education of their children with educational and socioeconomic
needs. For additional information visit
How to get involved
Be a Volunteer! Your volunteer
participation at school is always welcomed.
A variety of parent organizations are available at the school and
district level; such as:
- Volunteer and Partnership Programs
- Volunteer in the classroom
- Attend open house orientations
- Attend parent-teacher conferences
- Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
- School Advisory Council (SAC)
- School Parent Leadership Councils (PLC)
- District Parent Leadership Council (PLC)
- Migrant Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
The District Parent Leadership Committee (PLC)
and Migrant Parent Advisory Council (PAC) are district-wide entities with
representatives from the district ESOL Program, parents of ELL students, and
migrant students representing county schools, and who meet biannually to share
information, ideas and concerns of issues affecting families of ELL and Migrant
We need to hear your voice in these
parent organizations! Please
participate. Refer to Sections 100.9b
and 101.0 - 101.6 for additional parent involvement information.
Parent and ESOL Placement
The Migrant Education Program (MEP)
is an educational program designed to cover the academic needs and provide
support services to migrant children and youth between the ages of 3 and 21.
strives to ensure that the educational needs of all eligible migrant children
are identified and addressed. Children with parents working in agriculture or
youth working in agriculture who move from Program Eligibility
state to state or county to county
within the same state may qualify for services.
A child is a “migratory child” and is eligible
for MEP services if all of the following conditions are met*:
- The child is not older than 21 year of age
- The child is migratory if the family moved to find temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, fishing, dairy, packing, or processing food
The child moved within the preceding 36
months in order to seek or obtain qualifying work, or to accompany or join the
migratory agricultural worker or migratory fisher
With regard to the move, the child has moved
from one school district to another (within or outside the state)
* Sections 1115(b)(1)(A)
(incorporated into the MEP program by virtue of sections 1304(c)(2)) and
1309(2) of the statute and §§ 200.81(e) and 200.103(a) of the regulations.
Families who may qualify will be visited by the Identification and Recruiting agent to evaluate families. You may qualify for the Migrant Educational
Program if you have moved to seek work in: agriculture, dairy, livestock,
fishing, and packing. Some of the
services offered are: academic services for the needs of migrant students, free
school lunch, free vision screening for student K-3, school materials in
Spanish and English, orientation and referrals for health, education, and
social services available for your family, and translation/ interpretation
services at schools.
For ESOL and
Migrant eligibility information please call 941-927- 9000, ext. 34364.
Additional information is available at:
400.12 — Adult Education
The Sarasota County Schools Adult and Community
Enrichment Program offers a variety of programs for adult enrichment. A
schedule of courses is available online at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/schools/ace/.
Suncoast Technical College (STC) offers a wide variety
of Career and Technical training programs leading to licensure or certification along with several educational options for adult students including Adult ESOL courses for
non-English speakers, Adult High School and GED ®
400.13 — Teacher Qualifications
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 allows parents to request information
regarding the teaching qualifications of their child’s teacher. A parent has a
legal right to ask about his or her child’s teacher’s certification type,
subject area and grade-level coverage. A parent may also ask what degree(s) a
teacher has earned and his or her major area of study. If a child is receiving
services from one or more instructional aides, a parent may also request
information regarding the aides’ qualifications.
The state of
Florida requires Sarasota County Schools to notify parents if their child’s
teacher is teaching “out of field” or is not yet certified in the area her or
she is assigned to teach.
request this information by contacting the Human Resources Department of the
Sarasota County Schools at 941-927-9000.
400.14 — Post-Secondary Planning Services
district’s Student Services department, the following publications are produced:
- Sarasota County Scholarship: Posted
online, this one-stop approach to local scholarship opportunities in Sarasota
County also offers tips on qualifying for the state’s merit scholarship
program, Florida Bright Futures. The website address is www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf.
- Pathways: This is Sarasota County Schools’
annually revised student guidance handbook. This publication can be accessed by
visiting the Student Services Department’s page on the district website www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.
Topics include such areas as high school graduation requirements, eligibility
requirements for interscholastic athletics, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
information, a listing of postsecondary institutions in Florida, and much more.
This is an invaluable school resource, and students and their parents are
strongly encouraged to take time to carefully read through this publication.
information about these publications is available online at
Services also provides secondary students and parents with access to
educational opportunities beyond high school with its Fall College Night.
Representatives from more than 135 colleges and universities throughout the
U.S. attend this fall event. A similar event is held at Venice High School in
February to assist juniors in getting a jump start on their senior year and
post-secondary planning. In addition, representatives from Suncoast Technical College
(STC) are present at both evening events to give information to students who
are interested in exploring careers while still in high school or when they
graduate from high school. Recruiting representatives and liaison officers of
the military academies are also present for those students exploring a military
seminars are offered at various public high schools in Sarasota County. These
seminars are announced by the district, schools and the local media. Students
and parents are invited to attend any of the seminars that fit their schedules.
The seminars are designed to be question-and-answer sessions for students and
parents seeking financial aid options. Detailed information is provided about
federal financial aid and the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Futures Program is located at Venice High School. This program is open to all
students in Sarasota County Schools and provides assistance with scholarship
searches, financial aid and secondary planning. More information is available
by calling Venice High School.
Department of Education provides additional post-secondary planning options
through several websites and brochures distributed to guidance departments in
Sarasota County Schools. Detailed information about state scholarships and
grant programs is available at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD.
Florida Shines, www.floridashines.org, is a website that provides high school and
information to students, parents, teachers and counselors. This site also
provides MyCareerShines, a career exploration program and an unofficial transcript of
a student’s high school academic work.
a free magazine published by the Department of Education, provides career and
college planning information. It is distributed to secondary students through
their guidance department. This information may also be accessed at
www.FloridaNEXT.com.400.15 — Vocational/Career Education and Transition Services for Students with
County Schools, in partnership with community agencies, offers programs
designed to help adults with disabilities lead a more
fulfilling life. Based on
standards set by the Florida State Department of Education, programs are
offered at various sites in instruction and practice in self-care skills, work
habits and employability skills. Public transportation is used when possible.
Programs and contact information in Sarasota County are:
- ACT (Academy for Community Transition): 941-927-9000
- The Haven: 941-355-8808
- Easter Seals Southwest Florida: 941-355-7637
- Loveland Center:
- Manasota ARC: 941-795-6019
- Mental Health Community Center (MHCC): 941-953-3477
- Suncoast Technical College: 941-924-1365
- Suncoast Center for Independent Living (SCIL): 941-351-9545
- United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida: 941-251-4956
400.16 — Accelerated Graduation
graduation is permissible when students meet or exceed high school graduation
requirements or successfully complete the 18-credit accelerated graduation
option or the 24-credit early option. Students and parents must work with a school guidance counselor to
select this diploma option. Contact the
school’s guidance department to obtain more information about this opportunity.
400.17 — Early Admission/Dual Enrollment
Early admission to college allows a student to
enter college in grade 12, provided the student has an unweighted grade-point
average of 3.0 or above, earned the required test scores and has the approval
of the high school principal, the high school counselor, the college registrar
and his/her parents/guardians. In all cases, a student must still meet state and district
grade-point average and course requirements for high school graduation.
Students must enroll in courses that meet the requirements for an Associate of
Arts Degree as well as the courses that will fulfill high school graduation
requirements. Students also must meet the state and district graduation
requirements for passing the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and EOC tests.
Enrollment is allowed for eligible students at grades 6-12 to enroll
in post-secondary courses. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average,
have the required test scores and the approval of the high school principal,
school counselor, college registrar, and parents/guardians. Eligible students may receive
either college credit or career-technical certification, depending on the
program they choose. For a listing of dual enrollment classes for college or
Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit at your child’s school, contact the
guidance department. Students are not charged tuition fees for these programs.
For additional information regarding CTE programs and credit, contact the
Career and Technical Education staff at 941-927-9000.
400.18 — Honors Classes
courses are available in all high schools. Designed for academically motivated
students, these courses offer a faster pace of instruction and additional, more
challenging content. Advanced-level Honor classes award students with a 1.0 or .5
bonus quality point applied toward their weighted Grade-Point Average (GPA). Please note
that a number of Level 3 Career and Technical education classes also provide
honors credit, even though they are not specifically labeled “Honors”.
School counselors can provide a list of all advanced-level courses
available at each high school. Students are selected to participate in honors
classes based on academic performance and recommendation.
400.19 — Advanced Placement (AP)
Board’s nationwide Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows eligible high school
students to have the opportunity to take college
level course-work and earn college credit when they earn a qualifying score on
an AP exam. It is recommended that students or their parents contact the
specific post-secondary institutions of interest to the students to learn more
about the policies awarding college credit for AP courses taken in high school.
For the 16-17 school year and
forward, high school credit may also be awarded if a student meets the score
requirement on the AP exam without taking the AP course. Fees are charged for the exams if the
corresponding course is not taken.
are taken during regular school hours at area high schools or through a virtual
program. A parent may find out which AP courses are offered at his or her child’s
school by contacting the school’s guidance department. One additional quality point is applied
toward the weighted GPA for grades earned in an AP course.
400.20 — International Baccalaureate Programs
The International Baccalaureate
Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young
people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments and international
organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and
rigorous assessment. The IBO program is currently offered at Riverview High
School, Venice High School, Brookside Middle School and Phillippi Shores
Elementary School. If you would like to
learn more about this rigorous program, please contact the Guidance Department
at any of the listed schools. Successful completion of an IB course adds 1
quality point to the weighted GPA.
400.21 — Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
AICE Diploma Program offered at Booker, Sarasota and North Port high
schools is an international pre-university and examination system, which
emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study for academically able
students. Its strengths lie in the
flexibility and structure of the curriculum, encouraging in-depth working
knowledge of each subject, and in essay-based examinations as assessment of
that knowledge. AICE courses are equivalent to those offered at university
freshmen level or beyond. Routes to the AICE Diploma are flexible and offer
students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests,
abilities and future plans within an international curriculum framework. If you
would like to learn more about this rigorous program, please contact the
Guidance Department at any of the listed schools. Successful completion of an
AICE course adds 1 quality point to the weighted GPA.
400.22 — Career and Technical Education (CTE)
The goal of
the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department of Sarasota County Schools
is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary
to make informed and appropriate educational and career decisions. Career and
Technical Education provides a variety of opportunities for students at all grade
- Elementary activities allow students to become aware
of career areas and make connections between school, careers, and their
- Middle school courses enable students to explore
career pathways, determine career interests and aptitudes and develop basic
technical skills in a variety of career areas.
- High school Career and Technical Education programs
offer students industry certification, post-secondary credit, Ready to Work
credentials and scholarship opportunities.
- Postsecondary career training programs align to local
and regional economic needs.
- The learning environment is up-to-date and
representative of the world of work.
- Project-based learning experiences are designed to
have clear, concise connections with course content and employer expectations.
- Curriculum is based on rigorous, standards-based
academics, and is integrated with workforce and industry standards.
- Opportunities are provided for students to receive
Gold Seal Scholarships, dual enrollment in postsecondary programs, community
service and work-based learning experiences.
- Internships and on-the-job training experiences are
available for students to apply their technical skills in meaningful ways.
- Programs provide opportunities for student
certification or licensure in their chosen career pathway.
- Career and Technical programs will increase the number
of high school graduates who are both college- and career-ready; increase
relevance between academic experiences and real-world opportunities; increase
academic rigor through technical content and prepare students for success in
the 21st century workplace.
- Agreements with various post-secondary institutions
provide students with the opportunity to earn articulated college credit as
they complete many career and technical education courses.
Homework is a regular part of the
instruction process. Teachers, under the directions of a principal, are
responsible for assigning homework that is appropriate for the subject being
taught and the maturity level and needs of individual students. To meet the
guidelines set by the district, homework must:
- Meet the needs of the individual student.
- Be thoroughly explained to the student.
- Result in learning and not be busywork or a repetition
of what the student already knows.
- Be assigned with sufficient time for a student to
obtain any resource that is needed or required.
- Not be assigned as a punishment or disciplinary
- Be able to be completed within a reasonable length of
time in order to meet the deadline for the assignment.
- Not be assigned or be due on the day of a religious
holiday. Students or parents may request an alternative deadline.
Throughout each child's education, he or she will take many standardized assessment tests, including the Florida Standards Assessment Test (FSA) in grades 3-10. Results from these tests show whether students are meeting grade-level expectations and help teachers plan instructions and measure students' progress. Schools use testing results to develop school-wide plans for improving academic performance.
- Florida Kindergarten Readiness - This screening is
given to Kindergarten students during the first month of school to determine
readiness to start school.
- WIDA - The Comprehensive English
Language Learning Assessment is taken by English Language Learners (ELLs) to
see how well they are learning skills in English.
- FSA English Language Arts & Mathematics - These tests
in reading, writing and math measure how well students have met the Florida Standards. These tests are mandatory per Florida State Statute 1008.22(3).
- ELA Grades 3-10
- Mathematics Grades 3-8
- Statewide Science Assessment - Students are tested on the State Standards in science. Grades 5 and 8.
- End-of-Course Examinations (EOC) - Students
enrolled in Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, US History and Civics
are required to take state End-of-Course assessments targeting Florida
- Florida Standards Alternative Assessment (FSAA) - is designed for students whose
participation in the general statewide assessment FSA is not appropriate, even
with accommodations. It is expected that
only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will participate
in the Florida Alternate Assessment.
- Advanced Placement (AP) Tests - National
tests for Advanced Placement subjects are given in grades 10-12 and may be used
for college credit.
- PSAT - Preliminary Scholastic Assessment
Test (PSAT) is given to students in grades 10 and 11. Only 11th-grade students
with qualifying scores are considered for National Merit Scholarship selection.
- SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test: (SAT) is a
college placement test.
- ACT - The American College Test (ACT) is a
college placement test.
- PERT - The Postsecondary Education Readiness
Test (PERT) is used to assess college readiness.
- Industry Certification Testing - Industry
certification tests are based on national standards established by industry and
measure skill proficiency recognized by the labor market and industry trends.
All testing results are available to parents. School counselors can provide more information.
400.25 — FSA
(Florida Standard Assessments)
Much has been written about
the FSA and its importance to a child’s academic career, but standardized tests
alone do not determine a child’s academic potential. Parents may request test
results and explanations; the more they know, the more they can help their
child. Parents should know that a state law requires that third-grade students
must receive a passing score on the FSA ELA reading assessment in order to be
promoted to the fourth-grade. Students
are required to pass the tenth-grade FSA ELA and the Algebra I EOC tests at
some point during high school to graduate with a traditional high school
diploma. They will be offered several opportunities to take the FSA and EOC
tests in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
400.26 — What do the FSA results mean?
types of scores are reported for the FSA. Each child’s FSA report will explain
to parents the types of scores and what they mean. A brief explanation of some
of the scores follows in the next two sections below.
400.26a — FSA
In these ELA
and Math tests, students’ scores are assigned one of five levels:
- Level 5 is the highest. A student at this level can handle the most
challenging material on his or her grade level.
- Level 4 shows performance above grade level.
- Level 3 shows that a student is learning on grade level and meets the
state standard for proficiency.
- Level 2 is a yellow flag, meaning a student needs additional skills and
should receive extra help at home and school.
- Level 1 is a red flag. The student is performing below the standards set
for his or her grade level.
In the spring of 2010, the
Florida Department of Education passed new legislation governing the
implementation of End of Course (EOC) Assessments which will affect course
credits and graduation. For more details
see Student Progression Plans.
400.28 — Family Literacy Services
Board of Sarasota County has made reading proficiency a priority for Sarasota
County Schools. The life skill of reading is important to the student, parent
and community. Family literacy is addressed in several ways. The Suncoast Technical
College, 941-924-1365, offers free adult literacy classes in Adult Basic
Education, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes.
ESOL classes also help many migrant families adjust to life in a new country by
offering citizenship classes and eliminating or minimizing language barriers.