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SB-135 Pupil instruction: media literacy: model curriculum.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/26/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  April 04, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 135


Introduced by Senator Dodd
(Coauthors: Senators Galgiani and Mendoza)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chiu, Mullin, and Voepel)

January 11, 2017


An act to add Section 51206.3 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 135, as amended, Dodd. Pupil instruction: media literacy. literacy: model curriculum.
Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in specified areas of study, including social sciences. Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.
This bill would require the commission to develop, and the state board to adopt, modify, or revise, a model curriculum in media literacy for social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive. The bill would require the commission to submit the model curriculum to the state board on or before January 1, 2019, and would require the state board to adopt the model curriculum on or before March 31, 2019. The bill would require the state board, in the next revision of instructional materials or curriculum frameworks in social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to integrate media literacy into the social sciences curriculum to the extent the state board deems appropriate. The bill would require the State Department of Education to make available on its Internet Web site a list of resources and materials on media literacy and to ensure that media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The social implications of technological development are pervasive, and the reach and influence of digital media platforms will continue to expand.
(2) Nearly two-thirds of American adults use social networking sites, and social media usage is ubiquitous among the youngest adults, with over 90 percent of young adults using social media.
(3) Two out of every three adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.
(4) A recent Stanford University study showed that 82 percent of middle school students struggled to distinguish advertisements from news stories.
(5) During the final, critical months of the 2016 presidential campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax Web sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on social media; where, within the same time period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news Internet Web sites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
(6) It is necessary to confront questions about the moral obligations and ethical standards regarding what appears on social media networks and digital platforms.
(7) Access to technology literacy and digital media skills education for all young students is a challenge, especially for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged communities.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to ensure that young adults are prepared with technology literacy and computer skills in order to utilize social media sites responsibly.

SEC. 2.

 Section 51206.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51206.3.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “digital citizenship” and “media literacy” are broad terms that encompass consumption and production of media and digital products and are defined as follows:
(1) “Digital citizenship” means a diverse set of skills related to current technology and social media, including the norms of appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior.
(2) “Media literacy” means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, develop, produce, and interpret media and encompasses the foundational skills that lead to digital citizenship.
(b) The Instructional Quality Commission shall develop, and the state board shall adopt, modify, or revise, a model curriculum in media literacy for social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(c) Private resources may be used as funding sources to supplement the development of a model curriculum in media literacy.
(d) Components of media literacy may be designed to include the ability to measure 21st century skills of teachers and pupils using the international standards that may include those defined by the International Society for Technology in Education so that teachers may effectively use technology and digital resources within their instructional day, measure and teach the critical 21st century skills pupils need to succeed on California’s next-generation online assessments, assessments and prepare pupils for college and career objectives. The skills to be measured may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Creativity and innovation.
(2) Communication and collaboration.
(3) Research and information fluency.
(4) Critical thinking and problem solving.
(5) Digital citizenship.
(6) Technology operations and concepts.
(7) Information, media, and technological literacy.
(8) Concepts of media representation and stereotyping.
(e) The model curriculum in media literacy shall be written as a guide to allow school districts to adapt their courses to reflect emerging technologies in their communities.
(f) On or before January 1, 2019, the Instructional Quality Commission shall submit the model curriculum in media literacy to the state board for adoption and the state board shall adopt the model curriculum on or before March 31, 2019.
(g) The Instructional Quality Commission shall provide a minimum of 45 days for public comment before submitting the model curriculum in media literacy to the state board.

(h)In the next revision of instructional materials or curriculum frameworks in the social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, the state board shall ensure that media literacy is integrated into the social sciences curriculum to the extent the state board deems appropriate.

(i)

(h) The department shall make available to school districts on its Internet Web site a list of resources and materials on media literacy, to be accessible for use on or before January July 1, 2018, and shall ensure that approved media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers. The Internet Web site shall have a mechanism accessible to school districts and teachers to provide feedback.