Florida making progress in getting students career- and college-ready, group says
A newly released report from Achieve, a nonprofit bipartisan group pushing for career and college readiness for all high school students, gives Florida credit for improving its efforts toward its primary goal.
The state adopted new assessments to determine high school students' level of preparation for college course work, and it also includes multiple readiness measures in its school accountability system, the group notes in its highlights of what states are doing well. Florida has been a member of Achieve's American Diploma Project since 2005.
At the same time, though, Florida can do more, it continues, noting the state's large achievement gap "Far too many students drop out or graduate from high school unprepared for success, closing doors and limiting their options and opportunities – in particular minority and low-income students," the report states. "Florida’s achievement gaps begin in the earliest grades and extend through college enrollment and admissions."
See the group's Florida-specific report attached below.
Interim Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart said the state remains committed to closing the gaps and improving student readiness.
"In today’s economy, jobs often demand specific skills, and there can be a gap between what employers are seeking and the skills people have,” Stewart said in a release. "Aligning Florida’s college and career goals with employer needs helps prepare our students to pursue higher education and join the workforce."