VII - B - Frequently Asked Questions
PARENT NOTIFICATION [SPP sections III-B, IV-B(2), IV-E(4-5), V-A(14), and V-F(1)(b)]
- When are teachers obligated to report to parents that students are in danger of failing? Are conduct/citizenship grades included?
Teachers must report to parents in writing at any time during a grading period that a student is in danger of failing. For the first and third quarters this notification would indicate that the student is in danger of failing the quarter. For the second and fourth 4th quarter this notification may indicate that the student is in danger of failing the course. This policy applies to conduct/citizenship as well as academics.
- How and when should parents be notified if a student fails a course?
Schools should notify parents at the end of the semester and/or school year in writing, and be sure to advise them of options. U.S. Mail delivery is recommended, as well as personal contact.
- What documentation is required by teachers to show that “notification to parents” and “opportunity to conference” has been provided?
In addition to the written progress reports and report cards, reasonable attempts to contact parent by letter, documented telephone calls, or email should be expected. Schools are expected to develop procedures for ensuring appropriate parent contacts have been made. Every effort will be made to provide communication in the child's/parent’s home language, if feasible.
PLACEMENTS REQUIRING APPROVAL FROM SUPERINTENDENT’S STAFF
- When and to whom should a student placement decision be submitted for District review? [SPP sections III-A(6), IV-A(3), and V-A(14)]
There are three circumstances under which a principal should obtain District approval from the Superintendent’s staff:
a.When a principal wishes to retain a student more than one time in grades K-5, or 6-8, except in the case of mandatory grade 3 retention;
b.When a principal wishes to promote a student resulting in the student skipping a grade or part of a grade; and/or
c.Under unusual circumstances which do not seem to be addressed by the Student Progression Plan.
PLACEMENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
- When a student transfers from another district or state into a District elementary or middle school, and there is evidence of multiple retentions and/or drastic discrepancy between chronological age and grade level, should the school evaluate the appropriateness of the current grade placement? [SPP sections III-A(5)(c), IV-A(4), and V-A(17)]
Yes. School staff should review all student educational records, confer with the parents, and determine the appropriate educational placement of the student consistent with District educational philosophies and Student Progression Plan policies relevant to promotion and retention. Placement in the same grade as that recommended by the former school is not automatic. Appropriate subject area tests may be used when available.
- When a parent of a Home Education student does not provide documentation for placement, how will the student be placed?
The school in which the student transfers into will use diagnostic tools to identify appropriate placement.
- Under what circumstances may a sibling attend Pasco eSchool?
For a sibling to be eligible, they must have a brother or sister in the current year virtual instruction program and also enrolled in the program next year. If the sibling’s brother or sister is not in the program again, the sibling is not eligible. A new public school student to the virtual instruction program next year could not bring in his or her siblings at the same time.
HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS COURSES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
- Is a middle grade student allowed to take a high school mathematics course and receive high school credit? [SPP section V-D(3)]
Yes. An advanced middle grade student is eligible to take appropriate high school mathematics courses while in the middle school and receive high school credit. Algebra 1 Honors is taught on the middle school campus. Geometry and Geometry Honors (pre-requisite: Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors)<ref name="ftn1"></ref> are taught on the high school campus.
Algebra 1 Honors taught at a middle school is considered a high school course and requires the use of the same course description and textbook as a high school. Middle school students enrolled in this course must also follow high school regulations, with slight modifications, as set forth by the Florida Department of Education and supported by the District Student Progression Plan. Some of these regulations state that Algebra 1 Honors:
- counts as one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation;
- is a course accepted for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program;
- is not used in the high school class rank Grade Point Average (GPA);
- will be listed on a student's high school transcript; and
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Some additional pertinent information about a middle school student enrolled in any high school course (Algebra 1 Honors or Geometry/Geometry Honors) is that the grade will not be used in calculating the local Class Rank GPA, which is used to determine valedictorian/salutatorian and cum laude status. The District Student Progression Plan excludes courses taken by students prior to grade 9 to be used in the calculation of local Class Rank GPA.
Students taking Algebra 1 Honors in middle school are considered advanced students and should be successful with the course content and earn grades of A or B. The mathematics courses following after Algebra 1 Honors all build on the content of Algebra 1 Honors so it is very important for students to do well in this course. Listed below are some implications based on the current rules.
- Middle school students earning grades of A or B in Algebra I/Algebra I Honors (or Geometry/Geometry Honors) for the year are not allowed to retake Algebra 1/Algebra 1 Honors (or Geometry/Geometry Honors) according to the grade forgiveness policy.
- Middle school students earning grades of C or D for one semester one or for the year may retake Algebra 1/Algebra 1 Honors (or Geometry/Geometry Honors), according to the grade forgiveness policy, and replace the original grade. The original grade earned will remain on their high school transcript. This may affect admission into some colleges and universities.
- Middle school students earning an F for the year may retake the course to replace the original grade, but the original grade will remain on their high school transcripts. This may affect admission into some colleges and universities.
WHEN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE COURSES ON A HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS
- When middle school students are enrolled in high school courses on a high school campus, what are the procedures and policies for grading, conduct, attendance and grade replacement in high school? [SPP section IV-A(3)(e)]
Middle school students enrolled in high school courses on a high school campus should have the same classroom expectations for course requirements, conduct and attendance as their high school classmates for that portion of the day that they are enrolled in a high school course(s). Middle school parents and students should be informed of the high school Code of Conduct requirements for conduct and attendance.
Schools are encouraged to closely monitor the progress of middle school students taking high school courses.
VARYING COURSE OF STUDY FOR GIFTED STUDENTS
- Are gifted students allowed to vary the course of study? [SPP section IV-E(3)]
Yes. Those instances are detailed under Middle School Course Requirements for Exceptional Students.
- Can Grade 6 Enrichment Wheels EXCLUDE Physical Education as an elective? [SPP section IV-A(8)(c)]
No. The Required Program of Study clearly indicates that the enrichment wheel must include Physical Education.
WORLD LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
- Is a middle grade student eligible to take middle school world language and receive high school credit? [SPP section IV-A(8)(g)]
Yes. For a middle school student to receive a high school credit they must take the language course in grade 7 and Level 1 high school course in grade 8. Upon successful completion with an A or B, they may take Level 2 at the high school, but may not repeat level 1 course
The following sequence of articulation at the middle school level is reflective of the district philosophy of developing students who are able to communicate with proficiency and fluency in a second language.
Beginning Level (M/J and 1A)
This is a full-year course and may be offered to students in grades 7 or 8. Students may be combined for instruction. Eighth graders (without extensive outside experience in the target language) will not earn high school elective credit. They may, however, enroll in Level 2 in grade 9 upon teacher recommendation. This sequence will enable strong second language students to be successful in an advanced setting. It will allow weaker students the flexibility of enrolling in or transferring into a Level 1 high school course for elective credit. If a student enrolls in Level 2 in grade 9, they must enroll in Level 3 in grade 10 in order to meet the 2- year college entrance requirements.
Intermediate Level (M/J and Level 1B)
This is a full-year course and can be offered to students in grade 8 who have successfully completed Beginning Level 1A in grade 7. Those who pass both courses, Level 1A and Level 1B, will receive one (1) high school credit of world language. Students must complete two consecutive years of the same world language as a requirement for Florida State University System admissions as well as for Florida Bright Futures Programs.
INCOMPLETE ON A REPORT CARD
- How long can an Incomplete be retained on a student’s report card? [SPP sections V-A(7)(i) and V-B(2)(n)]
Schools may develop procedures for assigning and removing an Incomplete grade, provided that the final mark is reported by the end of the school year. If the final mark is a failing one, parents must be notified in writing prior to the assignment of the failing grade.
Schools are to amend the Incomplete to a final mark by the end of the next grading period. If the final mark is a failing one, parents must be notified in writing prior to the assignment of the failing grade. Students are to satisfy course requirements within ten school days of the last day of the previous grading period.
HOW CAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MEET THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR A VIRTUAL COURSE
7. In what situation would a middle school student taking an online course during grades 6-8 meet the high school graduation requirement for an online course?
Middle school students who complete an online course for high school credit (e.g. Algebra 1, or Spanish 1) can count that high school course toward satisfying the high school graduation requirement of a virtual course. Middle school students who complete a middle school course online cannot be considered to have met the high school graduation requirement through the completion of that course. Only online courses resulting in high school credit used to meet the 24 credits required to earn a high school diploma may be used to satisfy the virtual course requirement.
- What is required for a student who wants to graduate from high school with 24 credits in less than four years? [SPPsection V-D(1)]
A written Acceleration Plan must be developed which outlines the student’s program of study, timeline and anticipated graduation date and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
- Are Acceleration Plans required to have approval by the principal, guidance counselor, and parents or guardian?
No. Recent legislation removed this requirement.
- Do all credit recovery options meet NCAA rules?
No. Not all credit recovery programs meet the NCAA rules.
- Are there credit recovery programs that do meet NCAA rules?
Yes. Courses taught through distance learning, online, and credit recovery that are comparable in length, content and rigor to courses taught in a traditional classroom setting (e.g., Pasco eSchool, FLVS), and meet the NCAA’s standards for student-teacher interaction. Such courses must be submitted for prior approval to the NCAA Clearinghouse by the school before students can be granted credit.
14. Do NCAA rules allow students to test out of courses through Credit by Examination (CAP)?
No. Credits earned in core courses by testing out of them
would not meet NCAA requirements. Students must earn core course credit
through the traditional classroom model to earn NCAA core course approval.
- What are the educational options available to students who are withdrawn or considering withdrawal, from their base high school? [SPP sections V-E(7) and VI-(3)]
Educational options for students still enrolled in a secondary program include school-based graduation enhancement programs such as, Cohort Credit Recovery Program, Student Support and Assistance Program (SSAP), Teen Pregnancy Programs, such as CYESIS, and Save Our Students (SOS) at Moore Mickens Education Center (MMEC) programs. Opportunities through adult education include the Under-Age GED Completion Program (for 16-17 year old dropouts), GED Program (18 years and older), adult basic education courses, adult credit program for students seeking a standard high school diploma, and adult career and technical education certificate programs.
CREDITS EARNED IN ALTERNATIVE SETTINGS
- May a student enrolled in a full-year required academic course who fails to successfully complete either the first or second semester of the course, enroll in Adult Education to repeat the failed semester? [SPP sections V-B(2)(g), V-B(2)(n), and VI-(5)(b)]
Yes. The student may enroll in Adult Education and earn a passing grade of C or better to replace the previous grade.
- If a student transfers into the District from out of county or out of state and has previously failed a .5 credit course, what numerical grade value should be recorded for the failing grade?
If the principal/designee cannot discern the numerical grade value of the failing grade, the student should be awarded the highest numerical grade which is a 59.
- If a student fails a required academic course for the entire year with an average grade of 56 (a numerical grade of 60 for 1st semester, and 52 for 2nd semester), could the student enroll in the same course in a Board approved grade replacement option for grade forgiveness and receive a passing grade for the year?
The student may enroll in adult education and retake the semester course they failed and that new grade earned would be averaged with the passing semester grade (60 or above), which was earned in day school. Therefore, if the student earned a semester passing grade of 75 in the retake course, it would be averaged with the K-12 school first semester grade of 60 for a passing grade of 67.5.
If a student receives a first semester grade of 55 and a 55 for second semester resulting in a final grade of F, that student may retake either the first or second semester in adult education. If the student earns a numerical grade of 80, the average of the two grades (80 and 55) would result in a passing grade (67.5) for the yearlong course.
If a student fails a K-12 school semester course, they may retake the same semester course and replace the grade earned in K-12 school with the grade earned. If the failing grade earned 59 or below, the student retakes the same semester course and earns a passing grade of 80 (B), that is the grade which will be used as the replacement grade for the previously failed course. It will not be necessary to average the two grades since the course length is only one semester.
- What courses may be taken to earn credit toward an adult standard diploma for non-paid voluntary community or school service work?
A social studies semester credit may be earned in “Voluntary School/Community Service” (2104330) and a general elective semester credit may be earned in “Voluntary Public Service” (0500370). Students must complete a minimum of 75 hours of services in order to earn one-half (.5) credit in either category of instruction. School principals are responsible for approving specific volunteer activities.
AWARDING OF CREDIT
- Can a student transfer from a higher level yearlong course to a regular course in the same academic area after the eleven-week drop/add period and still be awarded a full-year of credit?
Yes. This may occur if a student is failing or has a D and it is in the best interest of the student, as determined by a conference involving the student's parent(s), guidance counselor(s) and approved by the principal (or their designee).
The course to which the student is transferring needs to be another yearlong course and in the same academic area with correlating course content (e.g., Honors Algebra 2 to regular Algebra 2; Advanced Placement English 4 to English 4).
- Can passing an examination be used to award high school credit without participation in a particular course?
Yes, but only in state approved End of Course (EOC) assessments. Students who choose this option must sit for the exam during the regular testing window for the specific EOC assessment.
- Are Advanced Placement (AP) exams a state approved EOC assessment?
No. Passing an AP exam does not award a student high school credit. However, credit may be awarded at the post-secondary level.
- If a student officially withdraws from school (voluntarily or involuntarily) during the first semester and then returns to enroll for the second semester, would the student receive any credit for the courses taken during the first semester? [SPP section V-A(7)]
No. The student would not be eligible to receive credit for first semester courses taken at a Pasco County school. The student would be enrolled in six semester courses for second semester and would receive a maximum of 3.0 credits. There may be administrative exceptions to this rule for special circumstance students (e.g., migrant students, ESE students, and students who had attended the majority of the semester with satisfactory grades).
- Can adult high school credit be awarded for completed military courses/programs? [SPP section VI-(1)(a)]
Yes. A maximum of two elective high school credits can be awarded for completed military courses/programs to an individual who has satisfactorily completed one year of service in the Armed Forces. Educational experience earned through the Armed Forces is discussed in the Student Progression Plan. Credit may be awarded through the adult education program.
Credits for other courses that specify military summer courses/programs remain a school-based decision, but should possess an equivalent time requirement and content for comparable courses in the State Course Directory (e.g., R.O.T.C., Leadership, Physical Education).
- What legal documents provide evidence of a full-year of service in the Armed Forces?
An active duty identification card or a completed form DD214 are required to verify Armed Forces service dates.
- Can credit in JROTC count towards graduation requirements in other subject areas?
Yes. For the 2009-2010 cohort and prior, specific JROTC coursework can waive Science or Physical Education and Fine Art Requirements. Refer to the Charts & Graphs section of the SPP for additional information.
- For course work completed in previous years, can semester grades from different school years be combined in order to award a full credit for a yearlong course?
Yes. Counselors may average grades for a full-year (1 credit) for students who return to a Pasco County school, providing the first and second semester grades are in the same course and reflect the same course number. All documentation of such arrangements should be considered Category A information, and should be retained in the permanent cumulative folder. Semester grades earned at schools other than those in Pasco County may not be averaged for a full credit, unless the student takes the second semester of the course in a Pasco County School. If both semesters are taken in a school outside of Pasco County, or through Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the semesters may not be averaged for a full year credit.
If a student fails the first semester of Physical Science and withdraws from school, then returns the next school year and passes the second semester of the same course, the semesters may be averaged and the student may receive a full-year credit.
- What are the procedures regarding the awarding of high school credit for summer enrichment programs?
To award credit, the program must be approved and the course must be a State Course Code Directory course or equivalent to a State Course Code Directory course. The decision to award credit will be the responsibility of the Superintendent (or designee). Approval must be granted in advance of the start of the program. Parents must be advised that summer courses will not count in the Class Rank GPA. The Curriculum & Instructional Services Supervisor for the course’s subject area (e.g., English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) will review the course content, length, rigor, standards, etc. to determine the equivalency, corresponding district course and recommendation for approval.
- Are students able to earn Dual Enrollment (DE) credit through a summer enrichment program?
For programs identified through a district approved DE articulation agreement students may earn DE credit. Requests must be made in advanced to the Director of Curriculum & Instructional Services (or designee).
- A group of Pasco County middle school students participate in a 2-week Summer Travel Educational Program that awards .5 credit in a non-Course Code Directory Social Studies elective; credits are submitted on official transcripts. The students submit their transcripts to their high school the following year and request social studies credit; should credit be granted?
Credit may be granted if the institution awarding credit is accredited by AdvancED/NCA CASI or an accrediting institution recognized by AdvancED/SACS CASI.
- Under what conditions may a student be enrolled in two sequential subject area courses simultaneously?
Only under hardship circumstances may a student be allowed to enroll in two sequential English courses simultaneously. Circumstances that would apply are as follows:
a.A transfer student who was previously enrolled in two English courses;
b.A student whose graduation plan could only be accomplished, within a reasonable period of time, if the student were allowed to take both courses simultaneously;
d.18 Credit option; or
e.Cohort Credit Recovery Program.
- What is the PASS Summer Program and do we award high school credit for successful student participation?
The PASS Program is an approved SPP procedure. The PASS Program allows migrant students enrolled in or transferring to a Pasco school to earn up to four high school credits by participating in the summer program. The student must meet specific program criteria as specified in the SPP. PASS program questions should be directed to the appropriate CIS supervisor.
- What criteria must a migrant student meet to be eligible to earn a total of four (4) high school credits through the Florida PASS program?
The following are the criteria of eligibility for the Florida Pass Program:
1.Must be a current or former migrant student; and
2.Must be enrolled in a District School Board of Pasco County high school or transfer with a PASS course.
b. Enrollment Criteria (must include one of the following):
1.Grade of F in a required course;
3. Age/grade deficiency;
4. Repeat a course in order to improve the graduation, unweighted GPA and academic skills in subject area;
5.Rising grade 9 students are eligible if they meet criteria;
6.Credit Accrual; or
c.Administration of the Program
1.Recruitment of a student by school based personnel, guidance counselor or migrant social worker.
2. Student can enroll and complete one course at a time (.5 credits).
3. Students are eligible to complete one course per semester for a total of four (4) credits toward graduation.
4. Certified teacher must facilitate and approve course work.
5. School based personnel will communicate with and process paper work with Florida Department of Education, Migrant Secondary Education Services Center personnel.
6. Home school will issue grade for Semi-Independent Correspondence Program and PASS course credit issued through Migrant Secondary Education Services Department.
7. Student transferred to another school will have paperwork for completing course work forwarded to the new school by the guidance counselor, with credits issued per statement 6.
DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION
- Can a student with a GED pursue a standard high school diploma?
Yes, on a limited basis. If students have extenuating circumstances that present proper documentation and receive the Superintendent’s approval, they may pursue this option.
- Can a student upgrade a certificate of completion earned in a District School Board of Pasco County school to a diploma? [SPP section V-D(5)(c)]
Yes. The student must complete all state graduation requirements to have a withdrawal code of W07, W08 or W08a. The diploma will be issued by the original high school awarding the certificate of completion and will reflect the closest graduation date at time of completion.
- Can a student upgrade a certificate of completion earned in another school district to a diploma?
Yes. The student must satisfy state graduation requirements locally as a 13th year student or through adult education, or pass the FCAT if they qualify through all other requirements. However, the diploma should be granted by the former district’s high school. Communication between schools throughout the student’s progress is recommended.
- Can a student upgrade a special diploma to a standard diploma?
Yes. Students may return to the K-12 program to meet graduation requirements for a standard diploma through the end of the school year in which they reach 22 years of age.
- What alternative assessments and scores may be used as a concordant with passing scores on Grade 10 FCAT?
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) currently approves the following scores to be concordant with FCAT scores.
Concordant scores may change on an annual basis based on the results of FLDOE concordant score studies.
- Can a student use concordant scores with the FCAT to receive a Standard High School Diploma?
Yes. See above.
- Are there alternative assessments and scores that may be used as a concordant with passing scores on Grade 10 FCAT 2.0?
No. At this time the Florida DOE have not established concordant scores for the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0. Note that Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 does not assess Mathematics.
- How often should ESE students who have failed the Grade 10 FCAT retake the FCAT in order to be considered for an FCAT waiver?
While statutes specify that students must take the Grade 10 FCAT at least once it is strongly recommended that ESE students who have not passed the FCAT participate each time the FCAT is administered during each year of enrollment in a Florida school in order to provide as many opportunities as non-ESE students have to pass.
- If a student has an accelerated graduation plan and intends on graduating at the end of three years or six semesters of high school, should they be included in class rank and classified as a senior?
Yes. If the student’s intention is to graduate with that class, they shall have the same opportunities for recognition as a student on a regular course schedule as determined by the District School Board of Pasco County.
- What are the remediation requirements for students with disabilities who have not passed the FCAT in order to be considered for an FCAT waiver? [SPP section V-F(2)(b)]
The Transition Individual Education Plan (T/IEP) team needs to review evidence of the student’s participation and performance in remediation, in addition to other evidence provided (e.g., performance in core academic and higher level courses, including classroom work and exams) to determine if the student has mastered the skills measured on the Grade 10 FCAT. The following procedures are in effect in order for students to be considered for an FCAT waiver:
Grades 9 and 10
•ESE students in grades 9 and 10 who do not meet district standards in reading must take a yearlong reading course for one or two periods of instruction during the school day, in accordance with the requirements prescribed for basic education students based on reading diagnostic information. Fluent readers who score in achievement level two may receive their reading intervention through a content area class if the teacher of the course has completed the required professional development.
•An ESE student who does not pass the Grade 10 FCAT in reading must receive remediation in a yearlong Intensive Reading course during the school day in grade 11 for the amount of time specified for basic education students based on reading diagnostic information. Fluent readers who score in achievement level two may receive their reading intervention through a content area course if the teacher of the course has completed the required professional development.
•An ESE student who does not pass the Grade 10 FCAT in mathematics must be enrolled in a mathematics course in which remediation is documented by the mathematics teacher during grade 11. This does not have to be the Intensive Mathematics course and does not have to be taken during the six period school day.
•An ESE student who does not pass the FCAT in reading in grade 11 must again receive remediation in a yearlong Intensive Reading course during the school day in grade 12 for the amount of time specified for basic education students based on reading diagnostic information. Fluent readers who score in achievement level two may receive their reading intervention through a content area course if the teacher of the course has completed the required professional development.
•An ESE student who does not pass the FCAT in mathematics in grade 11 must again enroll in a mathematics course in which the teacher documents remediation during grade 12. This does not have to be the Intensive Mathematics course and does not have to be taken during the six period school day.
•Students need to pass the reading and the mathematics course in which enrolled in their senior year for remediation in order for the T/IEP team to document evidence of mastery of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), which is required to recommend waiving the FCAT. If the student does not pass the FCAT and does not pass the remediation course, it is unlikely that the student has mastered the NGSSS.
- What are district criteria for student participation in graduation ceremonies? [SPP section V-D(6)]
Students must satisfy state and district graduation requirements by the senior notification deadline established by the District calendar in order to receive a diploma and participate in the graduation ceremony. Final grade notifications for coursework completed online (via FLVS or Pasco eSchool) must be available to the school counselor at least two (2) days prior to the senior grade notification deadline. Students who have not passed the FCAT but have met all other graduation requirements may participate in the graduation ceremony, but may not receive a diploma.
- What is the deadline for issuing a high school diploma for the current school year? [SPP section V-D(6)(b)]
Students who wish to receive their current year’s diploma must complete all course work and requirements prior to the senior notification deadline set forth in the district calendar. This includes the options for day school credits, adult education courses, and correspondence courses. Final grade notifications for coursework completed online (via FLVS or Pasco eSchool) must be available to the school counselor at least two (2) days prior to the senior grade notification deadline.
Thirteenth year students not completing required credits by the August graduation date may continue to take courses through adult education or day school up to 21 years of age and apply them to the requirements for the school year in which their course work is completed. Returning students (14th year and beyond) must meet current credit requirements, the 2.0000 graduation GPA requirement, and the assessment (FCAT) requirements applicable to that year’s diploma. Any student completing graduation requirements in this manner may request to participate in that school’s June graduation ceremony or in the adult education graduation ceremony.
If the passing of the FCAT and/or the achieving of the 2.0000 unweighted graduation GPA requirement are not met, students may continue as 13th year students in order to take the FCAT and/or courses to meet the 2.0000 graduation GPA requirement during the following school year including the summer testing date.
Students who do not pass the FCAT and/or meet the 2.0000 Graduation GPA requirement during the 13th year, the student can continue to take the test but must meet all the graduation/diploma requirements of the school year in which they pass the FCAT. The student will be issued a diploma for the school year in which these requirements are met.
- What is the definition of a full-time student? [SPP section V-C(4)(a)]
All secondary students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, which is defined for all middle school students and high school students as being enrolled in six (6) courses per semester. An exception applies for Ridgewood High School students.
- Can a District School Board of Pasco County public high school student enroll on a part-time basis? [SPP section V-C(4)(b)]
No. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis Superintendent or designee must approve exceptions that involve extreme hardship.
Exceptions will be allowed for 13th year, 5th year seniors and ESE FAPE 22 students to return and attend courses on a part-time basis with no School Board or District Office approval required.
- Can a full-time Dual Enrolled student take additional courses at their zoned school or through eSchool?
Yes, however it is at the principals discretion. Factors such as class size and availability may impact their decision.
- Can a Dual Enrollment Science course with a separate science lab course count as a single course towards full-time status?
Yes. Enrollment in a Dual Enrolled Science course requiring a separate lab course may be considered a single course towards the total six course full-time status.
- What is the definition of a 13th year student? [SPP sections V-D(5)(c), V-D(5)(e), and V-F(1)(b)]
A 13th year student is one who has met the state/district prescribed credit requirements, but has not achieved either a 2.0000 unweighted cumulative GPA requirement and/or has not passed the FCAT. This student may return for FCAT testing and/or take remedial/FCAT prep courses or additional courses to meet the 2.0000 GPA requirement for a 13th year graduation.
A student who passes the FCAT examination during the 13th year and/or achieves the 2.0000 GPA requirement before the beginning of the following school year will receive the intended graduation year’s diploma.
A student who does not pass the FCAT examination during the 13th year may continue to attempt the FCAT indefinitely and receive a diploma based on their 9th grade cohort requirements. However, a student who does not achieve the required graduation GPA, in the 13th year, must meet the diploma requirements in effect for the school year in which they meet GPA requirements. They will receive a diploma for the school year in which they meet the requirements.
- May a 13th year student/5th year senior attend as a part-time student? [SPP section V-C(4)(a)]
Yes. A 13th year student/5th year senior student may attend the appropriate number of courses to satisfy needed GPA or FCAT requirements.
- May a 13th year student/5th year senior continue to attend school at their regular high school?
- What are the policies and procedures for students who do not complete requirements by the end of the 13th year? What are the policies and procedures for 14th year and beyond students in terms of meeting graduation requirements and diploma issuance?
Students classified as “14th year” and beyond may continue to take the FCAT or an approved alternative assessment and take courses to earn the required Graduation GPA in an Adult Education program. However, once these students are beyond the 13th year (i.e., 14th year and beyond), they are required to meet credit and GPA graduation requirements for the year in which they earn their diploma. Students who have met all requirements with the exception of passing the FCAT, may continue to take the FCAT indefinitely and earn the diploma for their 9th grade cohort year. The Superintendent (or designee) must approve all exceptions to this requirement.
- May a 13th year student participate in graduation ceremonies? [SPP section V-D(6)(a)]
No, a 13th year student is not considered a graduate and may not participate in graduation ceremonies. However, when the 13th year student has met all graduation requirements he/she would be a graduate and may participate in subsequent regular home school or adult education graduation ceremonies.
- What is the difference between a “Certificate of Completion” and a “CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion?” [SPP section V-D(5)]
Students may earn a “Certificate of Completion” if, after earning the state/district prescribed 24 credits required for graduation, they have not attained the required Graduation GPA and/or not passed the FCAT or achieved the required concordant scores on an approved alternative assessment. These students may elect to continue as 13th year students.
Students may earn a “CPT (College Placement Test)-Eligible Certificate of Completion” if they have met all requirements for a standard high school diploma except earning a passing score on the 10th grade FCAT or alternative assessment. These students will be allowed, upon receipt of the Certificate, to take the CPT and be admitted to remedial or credit courses at a Florida community college. CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion students may participate in graduation ceremonies.
- What courses/credit can be given to high school students who enroll after the deadline?
District School Board of Pasco County does not refuse admittance to any student regardless of the date of enrollment. However, it is permissible to advise a student to wait and enroll for the next semester if credit cannot be earned prior to that time. Consideration may be given to a student to enroll temporarily in adult education.
In keeping with the Student Progression Plan, “late” is defined as five weeks for semester courses and eleven weeks for yearlong courses.
To facilitate the late student’s academic progress, a teacher may choose one of the following options:
1.Teacher awards full credit based on grades achieved, work produced during the time actually enrolled; or
2.Teacher requires student to attend after school in order to catch up on work missed.
The second option should be chosen only if the teacher feels a student would be unable to progress satisfactorily without the benefit of the make-up sessions. The selection of either option is not for punitive purposes, but to assist the teacher in evaluating the student.
- Does a student in grades 9-12 who intends to terminate enrollment need an exit interview?
Yes. Two surveys must be completed: a Survey of Dropouts/Intent to Terminate Enrollment and an exit interview by a guidance counselor or school personnel.
- What withdrawal code should be used for FAPE 22 students?
WPO is the code that should be used for a student who is withdrawn subsequent to receiving a W07 (Special Diploma), W08 (Certificate of Completion), W09 (Special Certificate of Completion), and W27 (Special Diploma Option 2). (W8A)
- What are the Dual Enrollment withdrawal procedures and consequences?
Dual Enrollment withdrawal within the published PHCC deadline will result in a “W” on both the college and high school transcript. The “W” will not be calculated in the students GPA but will count as a Dual Enrollment attempt.
Dual Enrollment students may not withdraw after the published PHCC withdrawal deadlines. Students who stop attending a Dual Enrollment course will be issued the “grade” as earned by the end of the course on both the college and high school transcript. The grade will be calculated into the students GPA. Except under rare curcumstances Dual Enrollment courses attempts cannot be repeated for grade forgiveness/replacement purposes.
Students who drop a PHCC course after the district’s drop/add deadline are required to maintain full-time status and may be enrolled into a course on the school campus for which they will not earn credit in during the remainder of the current semester.
- Can a student withdraw from a Dual Enrollment course during the first semester after the five week deadline for a semester course, but before the eleventh week deadline for a yearlong course?
Yes, but only if the student is failing or in danger of failing the enrolled Dual Enrollment course. The student/parent must be informed of the transcript consequence (see above) and that the student will not be permitted to drop the yearlong course he/she will be enrolled in to enroll in a Dual Enrollment course, or any other course, at the start of the new semester (see below).
- If a student withdraws from a Dual Enrollment course during the first semester after the deadline for dropping the Dual Enrollment course, then subsequently enrolls in a yearlong course, may the student drop the yearlong course and enroll in another Dual Enrollment course at the start of the second semester?
No. A student in this situation must be enrolled throughout the rest of the school year in the yearlong course.
- At what age can a high school refuse re-enrollment of a basic education student to the regular day school program?
When the student is 21 years of age.
- Are the policies the same for regular and ESE students?
ESE students who have not earned a standard diploma remain eligible for educational services through the end of the school year in which they reach 22 years of age. This policy is referred to as FAPE 22 or Free Appropriate Public Education Through Age 22.
- Under what circumstances may a sibling attend Pasco eSchool?
For a sibling to be eligible, his or her brother or sister must be enrolled in Pasco eSchool without prior enrollment in a public school at the end of prior year and also enrolled in Pasco eSchool for the following school year.
- Can public school districts and schools limit access to a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) course?
No. F.S. 1002.37(3)(c) clearly states that school districts may not limit student access to FLVS courses. However, the school counselor will determine if the course is academically appropriate for the student based upon the student’s academic history, grade level, and age. Schools may require students enrolled in online courses to leave campus if supervision and workspace is not available.
Relevant District policies governing drop/add timelines for on-campus courses supersede requests for online courses after the beginning of a semester. Therefore, it may be necessary for the student to enter an online course at a semester break.
Students enrolling in an online course for which there is a corresponding statewide End of Course exam are required to sit for the administration of the EOC.
- Can public schools deny access to an FLVS course if the school offers the same course?
No. Schools may not deny access even if they offer the same course. Schools must adhere to relevant drop/add policies while ensuring that the student maintains full-time enrollment. Therefore, it may be necessary for the student to enter an online course at a semester break. Families should be advised of applicable NCAA guidelines regarding virtual coursework, as well as any End of Course and/or Advanced Placement exam requirements.
- Can a student be enrolled in the same course at the traditional public school and at FLVS at the same time?
No. A student cannot enroll in the same course concurrently at two different public schools.
- Can a district limit the number of credits a student may earn at FLVS based on school board policy that limits the number of credits a student may earn in one or more school years?
No. Florida Statutes place no limits on the number of credits a student may earn at FLVS during a single school year or multiple school years.
- Can a district limit the number of courses a student may take from FLVS during the school day by requiring the student to take a minimum of courses at the traditional school?
No. The law sets no minimum or maximum number of course a student may take from FLVS during the school day.
- Does the virtual curriculum and the course content in public virtual education programs have to meet state standards?
Yes. The virtual curriculum and courses are required to meet state standards?
- Are school districts required to provide computers, printers and internet access for students in the District Virtual Instruction program (VIP)?
The district must provide each full-time student enrolled in VIP who qualifies for free and reduced priced lunches under the National School Lunch Act, or who is on the direct certification list, and who does not have a computer or internet access in his/her home with all the equipment necessary to participate in the program, this includes but is not limited to, a computer, a computer monitor, a printer (if necessary for the program), and access to or reimbursement for internet services.
- Must students enrolled in the District VIP take state assessment tests?
Yes. These students will take the same assessment tests as their counterparts in other district schools. For high school students this includes required EOC assessments.
- What is the online course requirement for graduation?
For students entering ninth grade beginning in 2011-2012, at least one course required for graduation must be completed through online learning.
- How may students meet this requirement?
Students may meet this requirement by completing an online high school course offered by:
- the district high school (this includes traditional district schools, Pasco eSchool, and virtual charter schools);
- as an online Dual Enrollment course;
- district VIPs;
- a district middle school; or
- Florida Virtual School.
- The legislation states that an online course taken in grades 6-8 fulfills this requirement. Does this mean an online middle school course fulfills this requirement?
No. The course has to be within the 24 credits required for high school graduation.
- Can a half-credit online course meet the online course graduation requirement?
Yes. A half-credit online course may meet this requirement as long as the student earns high school credit through online learning.
- Can credit recovery online courses be used to meet the online course graduation requirement?
Yes. An online course may meet this requirement as long as the student earns high school credit through online learning.
- If a student takes an online course from a computer lab or classroom in a district school, is the course still considered an online course, or is it a blended course because the student is in a physical setting?
It is still an online course if the student and teacher are separated by time, space or both. A blended course is a course that includes both face-to-face and online instruction.
- Do FLVS courses count towards Honor Roll determination?
Yes provided that grades are received and entered into TERMS by the deadline set forth for brick and mortar classes.
- What is the grade forgiveness policy? [SPP section V-B(1)(g)]
Forgiveness policies for required courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Forgiveness policies for elective courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in another course.”
The only exception to these forgiveness policies shall be made for a student in the middle grades who takes any high school course for credit and earns a grade of C, D, or F. In such case, the district must allow the replacement of the grade with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course.
In all cases of grade forgiveness, only the new grade shall be used in the calculation of the student’s grade point average. However, the grade will remain on the student transcript.
Any course grade not replaced according to the forgiveness policy shall be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average required for graduation [FS 1003.428(4)(d)].
- How can students retake a course? [SPP sections V-B(1)(g), V-B(2)(f), and V-B(2)(n)]
If a student earns a semester grade of D or F in a course, they will have the opportunity to retake a course in order to improve their GPA through their regular day schedule, Florida Virtual School, Adult Education, or extended school year, if available, and if the student is eligible. Students should consult their school’s administration or guidance counselor for specific course offerings and eligibility guidelines.
- If a student retakes a course and earns a D, can you grade replace the F with the D?
No, only a grade of C or higher can be used for grade replacement purposes.
- Do all course attempts remain in TERMS?
Yes, all attempts are displayed in TERMS and will appear on the transcript.
- Are all attempts calculated in the Graduation GPA?
No. In all cases of grade forgiveness, only the new grade of C or better shall be used in the calculation of the student’s grade point average. Any course flagged with an “NX” will not be calculated in the GPA.
- Which courses are included in a student’s Graduation GPA? [SPP section V-B(1)(f)]
All courses are calculated in the Graduation GPA, unless the grade has been forgiven by retake.
- Can students only grade replace with a “subsequent” course taken?
Yes, only “subsequently” taken courses may be used for grade replacement.
- Is a staff member allowed, by policy, to go to previously earned credit to grade replace an F or D the student earned during the current school year?
No. Grade forgiveness / grade replacement may only be achieved with a grade of C or better in a subsequent course.
- If a student has multiple failures for the same course and then retakes and passes the course, are all course attempts or just one attempt forgiven?
According to the Florida Department of Education (August 2009 inquiry), all attempts may be forgiven and replaced when the student earns a C or higher in a subsequent course.
- Is the grade replacement policy the same for middle school students taking high school courses?
No. The only exception to the high school grade forgiveness policies shall be made for a student in the middle grades who takes any high school course for credit and earns a grade of C, D, or F. In such case, the district must allow the replacement of the grade with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Thus, middle school students taking high school courses may replace a C whereas high school students may only replace a D or F.
- Can Dual Enrollment (DE) courses be retaken for grade replacement purposes?
Yes, But only under rare circumstances are students permitted to retake a DE course for grade replacement per the district’s Dual Enrollment Agreement.
- What is the District’s grade forgiveness/replacement policy? [SPP section V-B(1)(g)]
Grade forgiveness for all required courses are limited to replacing a semester grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Grade forgiveness for elective courses are limited to replacing a semester grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently by retaking the same or comparable course or another course. In addition, all courses taken must be included in the unweighted GPA calculation unless the grade has been forgiven by retake.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) [SPP section V-B(1)]
- Are semester averages used to determine GPA eligibility for extracurricular eligibility?
No. The cumulative, unweighted GPA determines eligibility. Call the Athletic Director of the school or the district administrator of athletics for eligibility rules.
- When students exceed full-time status which credits/courses should be given priority when determining what to count in the class rank GPA?
All courses taken on a brick and mortar campus, taken through Pasco eSchool, taken through Dual Enrollment or taken through FLVS AND are part of the six period day must be used in the class rank GPA. FLVS courses outside of the six period day are NOT to be counted towards class rank GPA.
- Can Extended School Year or Adult Education grades affect interscholastic extracurricular eligibility?
Yes. Call the Athletic Director of the school for eligibility rules.
- How can students improve their GPA’s for purposes of extracurricular activities? [SPP section V-B(1)(g)]
The final grade earned during Extended School Year or Adult Education for any course repeated for credit will replace both semester grades and the year grade for that course in grade point calculations unless it is to the disadvantage to the student. However, all grades will still be documented in the cumulative record.
If a student fails an elective course and that course is not available in summer school or is no lon