Education Works -- Information & updates from FLDOE

Education Works -- Information & Updates from FDOE 

"Nation’s Report Card" Shows Consistent Student Improvement
Florida's 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results were released yesterday showing the state’s 4th grade students continue to outpace the national average in reading. The results also revealed that Florida was the only state to have narrowed the achievement gap between white and African American students at both grades 4 and 8 in both reading and mathematics.

Public Provides Thousands of Comments on Florida Standards
Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order requesting the department host public meetings for Floridians to offer feedback on the state’s math and English language arts standards. The department also accepted input via email and a website. Educators, parents, administrations, business leaders and interested members of the public submitted more than 19,000 comments. Feedback will be summarized and presented to the State Board of Education.
Orange County Superintendent Honored as District Data Leader of the Year
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart named Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins the 2013 District Data Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony in Tallahassee this week. Jenkins was honored for focusing district attention and support on closing achievement gaps and supporting schools that need targeted assistance. She also led the development of Orange County’s Parent Academy which helps parents build stronger support systems for their children.

Other finalists this year included Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie, Pinellas County Superintendent Michael Grego and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.
Get Involved, Engaged During Parental Involvement Month
Parents and familiesplay an important role in creating an environment that fosters lifelonglearning. During the month, parents, grandparents, guardians and extendedfamilies are encouraged to be involved in their child's education. You can findhelpful information on the department’s Parental Involvement webpage,including tips and an activitiescalendar. While you are there, take a minute to sign up for our Just for Parents newsletter.
Submit a Video, Win a Family Vacation
To highlight the important role parents play in their children’s academic success, the Florida Department of Education is hosting a video contest for parents. Do you volunteer in your child’s classroom, create learning activities at home or come up with creative ways to stay involved? These are just a few ideas for your video entry. For more information on the contest, visit the 2013 Parental Involvement in Education Video Contest. If you have any questions or concerns, email