There has been a delay in processing fund disbursement for the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program. This is due in part to an Executive Order issued by the Office of the Governor which issued emergency management directives regarding Tropical Storm Michael, which did have an environmental and economic impact for some Florida school districts, as well as teachers’ abilities to retrieve test scores from the testing agencies through mail services.
As a result of these circumstances, the timeline for fund disbursement has been modified. The District is scheduled to receive funds from the Florida Department of Education on 3/19/2019; at which point, we can commence processing fund disbursement to teachers. We are working diligently on processing all of this information in a timely manner. To align with statutory requirements, payment is scheduled to be issued no later than April 1, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program
The State of Florida has implemented the Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program (F.S. 1012.731) to reward teachers who have achieved high academic standards during their own education and who excel at preparing students in achieving a high level of academic performance.
Important Dates (updated for the 2018-2019 school year)
Note: Emergency action information was provided to Lake County Schools by the Florida Department of Education on October 31, 2018. As a result, program dates have been extended, in accordance with Executive Order 2018-276, Section 4B., issued by the Office of the Governor, F.S. 252.46, and direction from the State Coordinating Officer.
- December 3, 2018 (formerly November 1, 2018) - Application and score submission deadline for applicants.
- January 7, 2019 (formerly December 1, 2018) - District deadline to submit eligible applicants to the Florida Department of Education.
- April 1, 2019 - Scholarship payments to eligible applicants will be paid no later than this date.
- You must be a classroom teacher as defined in section 1012.01(2)(a), F.S.
- You must have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT that are at or above the 80th percentile based on the National Percentile Ranks in effect when the assessment was taken.
- You must have been evaluated as Highly Effective pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the school year immediately preceding the year in which the scholarship will be awarded.
- Only the Summative Evaluation Rating will be used to determine eligibility. Instructional Practice Scores cannot be considered.
- Teachers in either their first year of teaching or newly hired by the District, and have not been evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34 do not need to meet this requirement.
Applying for the Scholarship
- Complete the Application Form
- Submit an official record of your qualifying scores.
- You must provide an official/original score report from one of the testing agencies.
- High school transcripts will not be considered.
- Final summative evaluation ratings do not need to be submitted with your application. We will automatically include evaluation ratings as part of applications once they are made available.
- Applications and original score reports may be hand-delivered to Human Resources during regular business hours or sent to Human Resources through interoffice mail (Jack Rabbit).
- Previous Applicants: If you have previously applied for the Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program with Lake County Schools and provided the required information at that time, you do not need to re-apply. Both recipients and individuals who met all but the evaluation requirement last school year will be re-evaluated to determine eligibility in the current school year.
- Employees that Separate from the District: If you resign to become a classroom teacher in a different Florida public/charter school and were eligible as of the District submission deadline, you must notify Human Resources of your current employment status prior to the time of payment. If you are no longer a classroom teacher in a Florida public/charter school or fail to notify Human Resources of your current employment status, undisbursed funds will be remitted to the Florida Department of Education and you will be considered ineligible for the scholarship.
Automatic Consideration - Secondary Awards
In addition to the primary scholarship provision of the Program, current legislature provides for an additional award to all classroom teachers (as defined in section 1012.01(2)(a), F.S), who were evaluated as Effective or Highly Effective pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the school year immediately preceding the year in which the scholarship will be awarded. Teachers do not need to apply for this provision and will automatically be considered for this award, contingent upon evaluation eligibility.
- Primary Scholarship: $6,000 per teacher
- Additional Award - Highly Effective: $1,200 per teacher
- Additional Award - Effective: $800 per teacher
- Note: If the number of eligible classroom teachers exceeds the total allocation, the per-teacher scholarship amounts may be prorated.
Obtaining Your Scores
Applicants are encouraged to contact one or both of the testing agencies to request archived scores, if needed. We recommend that you have scores sent directly to you, and that you submit to the District them with a completed application. Scores sent directly to the District will not be considered for eligibility without an application.
- SAT - Teachers can order archived score reports by calling (866) 756-7346 or by filling out and mailing the form found at https://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-old-sat-scores. Archived score reports cost $31 (subject to change).
- ACT - Teachers can order archived score reports by calling (319) 337-1313 or by filling out and mailing the form found at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores/sending-your-scores.html. Archived score reports cost $34 (subject to change) for normal processing and can be requested back to 1966.
- Teachers may elect to re-take the SAT or ACT test in order to meet program eligibility. As defined in statute, your scores must be at or above the 80th percentile based on the National Percentile Ranks in effect when the assessment was taken.
- Scores must be postmarked prior to the Application deadline in order to be considered. Please retain the original envelope which contains this information.