Florida education news: Student achievement, career training, teacher evaluations and more
MAKING GAINS: Florida students outperform their peers among large states in student achievement and growth on the Nation's Report Card over a decade.
GETTING READY: Pinellas schools prepare to push career training programs down to all grade levels. • Pasco schools look at expanding accelerated career and technical courses into middle schools, starting with a pilot at River Ridge Middle.
LIMITED VALUE-ADDED: Pinellas officials look at new models to measure teacher performance. • The Florida Times-Union continues to fight in court for access to its local teacher VAM scores, the Times-Union reports.
TOP PRIORITY: Florida lawmakers call Sen. John Legg's bill to link career training and high school graduation requirements one of the key education bills for this year's session, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MORE TIME: Some Collier high schools add an extra class period for students to make up missed credits, the Naples Daily News reports.
MOVE IT: The Board of Governors says FSU's digital film school must relocate from West Palm Beach, the AP reports.
ERROR FILLED: An auditor uncovers several flaws in the Manatee district's past budgeting procedures, the Bradenton Herald reports. Officials missed the warning signs, the Herald-Tribune reports. • FAMU also has its share of financial problems highlighted in an audit report, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GROWING PAINS: The Marion school district prepares to purchase 92 acres for a new high school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TAKE THE LEAD: The Board of Governors says it wants one university to lead the system's online course efforts, the Gainesville Sun reports.
RELOCATION: A Coral Gables charter school loses its lease, putting its future in question, the Miami Herald reports.