Professional Learning Statutes and Rules


Below are links to several statutes and State Board of Education rules relevant to professional development systems and programs.

Florida Statutes

The authorizing statute for the School Community Professional Development Act, section 1012.98, Florida Statutes (F.S.), outlines the expectations for a coordinated, statewide system of professional development.

State Board of Education Rule

The implementing rule for the professional development system, Rule 6A-5.071, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), establishes standards for high-quality professional learning; outlines the requirements for professional learning catalog components; sets submission, amendment and review criteria; provides specifications for awarding inservice points; and prescribes record maintenance and data reporting requirements.

2018 Rule Development Cycle

Rule Development

A rule development workshop was held on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the workshop materials are provided below.

Rule Adoption

The proposed changes to the rule were adopted by the State Board of Education on October 25, 2018. The agenda and materials from the October meeting can be found on the State Board of Education’s 2018 Archived Meetings page. The rule went into effect on November 28, 2018.

Other Statutes and Rules Related to Professional Learning

Frameworks for Effective Instruction and Leadership

Programs for Instructional Personnel

Programs for School Leaders