Florida Department of Education sets goals for the coming year
When Tony Bennett became Florida education commissioner, the State Board of Education asked him to set some priorities moving forward. On Tuesday he presents his action plan to take the state to June 2014. He's set three key initiatives, offering more specifics than we've seen previously on some of the talking points.
The first goal is to ensure students graduate career or college ready. The details set forth what the department thinks that means -- implementing the Common Core on time, and reducing the achievement gap by half while reaching for what it's calling 90-60-90-90.
Not familiar with that term? It stands for:
• 90% of students are grade level proficient;
• 60% of graduates receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 on at least one Advanced Placement exam, a 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam, a C or higher in a dual enrollment course, or receive a rigorous industry certification;
• 90% of students graduate from high school in four years or less; and
• 90% of recent high school graduates are successful in post-secondary education or employed in a productive career.
Bennett has said he expects Common Core and its related tests to be ready on time. But just in case, he has begun creating a Plan B -- discussing alternatives with a small consortium of states, researching contracts for other tests and collecting additional information.
The second goal is the 4R's of teaching -- recruit, retain, recognize and reward the best ones. The details include implementing SB 736 with "fidelity" and in coordination with the districts.
The third goal calls for organization of the FLDOE to drive the train. Notably, in the commissioner's Power Point presentation, it states clearly that "the FDOE is not the state's largest LEA." Local control remains key to the department, as much as the Legislature allows.
The commissioner and board are scheduled to discuss this action plan when they meet Tuesday in Tallahassee. See the rest of the agenda here.