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Florida Seeks To Enhance Accountability and Evaluation Systems To Boost Education

In September 2011, President Obama announced a plan to offer greater flexibility from federal education mandates in exchange for a commitment from states to boost overall student achievement. After the announcement, 11 states formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education requests for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
In this post, Deltek would like to focus on the state of Florida, and discuss its plans to:
·         Set performance targets to graduate students from high school ready for college and career;
·         Design locally-tailored interventions for schools instead of one-size-fits-all remedies prescribed at the federal level;
·         Measure school progress using multiple measures rather than just test scores; and
·         Have more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars.
As part of this, Deltek would like to discuss the various information technology (IT) initiatives associated with Florida’s waiver request.
In its request, Florida mentioned a few IT-specific initiatives, including a plan to 1) Develop and Implement a State-Based System of Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support, and 2) Develop Local Teacher and Principal Evaluation and Support Systems.
Overall, Florida said its flexibility request is a “monumental step forward to significantly advance the state’s nationally-recognized and acclaimed accountability system and to further increase the quality of instruction for students and student achievement.
As part of its waiver request, Florida is seeking to create and develop a Recognition, Accountability and Support System which will improve student achievement and school performance, close achievement gaps, and increase the quality of education to students.
Florida said the new system will be designed to eliminate the duplication and confusion caused by having two separate accountability systems and to focus the state on raising achievement for all students. The Recognition, Accountability and Support System is expected to be implemented no later than the 2012-2013 school year.
In another tech-related initiative, Florida is looking to Develop and Adopt Guidelines for Local Teachers and Principal Evaluation and Support Systems. This system will increase student learning growth by improving the quality of instructional, administrative and supervisory services in the state’s public schools, while establishing procedures for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals who are employed by the state.


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