State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Florida

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 by February 1st Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.21
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.21
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 720 hours per year in grades K-3. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1011.61
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:18 for grades K-3. Pre-K also. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.03
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Scientifically-researched reading instruction is required. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.066
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Includes content knowledge in math as part of teacher preparation programs. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.066
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Preschool Education Certificate, birth to age 4. Elementary Education Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0141
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0151
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Statewide kindergarten screening based on Pre-K performance standards is required within the first 30 school days of each year. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1002.69
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Results of the kindergarten entrance assessment are used to evaluate the voluntary pre-kindergarten education program. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1002.69
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? The statewide, standardized Reading assessment shall be administered annually in grades 3 through 10. The statewide, standardized Writing assessment shall be administered annually at least once at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. An English Language Arts assessment shall replace the Reading and Writing assessments, and shall be administered to students in grades 3 through 10. Science assessments shall be administered annually at least once at the elementary and middle grade levels. Mathematics assessments shall be administered annually in grades 3 through 10. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.22
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results are used to inform progress monitoring and interventions. Results must be reported and delivered to students, parents, and each student's current teacher of record and teacher of record for the subsequent school year. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.22
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Students in kindergarten through third grade who exhibit a deficiency in reading must be provided with intervention services. Interventions must be intensive, explicit, systematic, and multisensory. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.25 (5)(a)
Is there a third grade retention policy? Third grade retention is required. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.25
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.25
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.

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