State Legislation & Policy

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Keeping transition stakeholders informed about legislative developments and state-level transition activities

Transition Topic

Year

Summary

Age of Majority and Transfer of Rights

2023

Per Florida House Bill 19 (2023), which amends s. 1003.5716, F.S., requires individual education plans (IEPs) for students, upon turning 17, to contain information on self-determination and the legal rights and responsibilities that transfer to students at age 18; requires information to include ways in which the student may provide informed consent to allow his or her parents to continue to participate in educational decisions.

Graduation Requirements

2023

Per Florida House Bill 1 (2023), which amends s. 1003.4282, F.S., deletes the online course requirements for a standard high school diploma.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career Planning

2023

Per Florida Senate Bill 240 (2023), which amends several Florida Statutes, requires districts to disseminate CTE information to parents, and enhances continuity of students’ CTE enrollment in/from middle school to high school. Senate Bill 240 (2023) also enhances students’ career and academic plans via an online career planning system.

Transition Activity Requirements

2021

Per Florida House Bill 173 (2021), which amends s. 1003.5716, F.S., revises the timeline and introduces additional activities for the transition individual education plan (TIEP) requirements in Florida.

Middle Grade Promotion Requirements

2020

S. 1003.4156, F.S. is amended to include one course in career and education planning to be completed in grades 6, 7, or 8 and results in the completion of a personalized academic and career plan.

Graduation Requirements

2020

S. 1008.25, F.S. is amended to include a Career and Technical Education graduation pathway.

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

2020

If appropriate, Pre-ETS must be added to the statement of measurable long-term postsecondary education and career goals in the IEP for a student who will be 16 years of age or older when the IEP is in effect, or for a student who is younger, if determined appropriate by the parent and IEP team (https://www.rehabworks.org/student-youth/student-youth.html)

    Additional information on recent transition-related legislative changes, summaries and resources can be found in the December 2021 and July 2023 Project 10 Topical Briefs found here: Topical Briefs.

    This section is divided into the following pages covering legislation and policy at the state level.