The federal Every Student Succeeds Act placed several new requirements on states, to make it easier for parents to access and understand data about how their schools and districts are performing.
This week, the Florida Department of Education introduced its new searchable online website aimed at accomplishing this goal. The EduData portal remains a work in progress, with the department asking users for feedback on what they find useful and difficult with the presentation, searchability, available data and other components.
Users can then sign up for automatic updates from the site.
The site itself is straightforward in its ease of finding information about specific schools and districts, as well as state-level information. It opens with overview data, and then allows users to select the specific details they want to see using dropdown menus. Available areas for review include academic achievement, growth and participation; English Language Leaners’ proficiency and progress; college and career acceleration; discipline and attendance; and graduation and postsecondary continuation.
More information, including teacher qualifications and per-student spending, will become available as the department continues to work on the site. User manuals help explain what you might not understand.
Data is easy to download for further review, and historic information also is offered through links on the page. Currently, the most recent information on the reports comes from 2017-18. It includes both district and charter schools, but not private schools, which do not fall under the same accountability requirements.
“The report cards will serve as a valuable resource for understanding important information about Florida’s districts and schools, and we look forward to this opportunity to receive input on their usability,” K-12 chancellor Jacob Oliva told districts in a memo introducing the new site.
Visit EduData to see what the numbers say about your school and district.