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12:33 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

How Florida's Graduation Rates Compare To The Nation

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:42 am

Florida’s graduation rate increased by five percentage points between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, according to new U.S. Department of Education graduation rate data released today. But despite the improving rate, just six states and the District of Columbia have a lower graduation rate than Florida –the same number as last year.

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StateImpact Florida
4:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

How Schools Are Deciding Whether To Purchase New Common Core Materials

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:20 pm

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StateImpact
5:52 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems

Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:42 pm

Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam.

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Obituary
7:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014

Florida students sit through their last FCAT this year.
Credit Photo by Norm Robbie (Flickr) / Illustration by Sammy Mack

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the FCAT will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.

FCAT was born in 1995 in the humid June of a Tallahassee summer.

The Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability under Gov. Lawton Chiles gave birth to the test. It was part of a series of recommendations that were meant to give local districts more control and a better sense of how their schools were doing.

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StateImpact Florida
9:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point

The 2014 Florida legislative session has reached the halfway point.
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The 2014 Florida legislative session reached the halfway point last week, so we thought we’d check in on some of the big education bills.

THE BUDGET

The House, Senate and Gov. Rick Scott mostly agree on education spending based on their proposed budgets.

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Common Core
6:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests

Parents at a Brooklyn school opt out of state tests earlier this week.
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The civil disobedience taking place during New York's statewide testing season may offer a preview of what's to come when Florida unveils new Common Core-tied tests next year.

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida

Chief Ian Moffett of Miami-Dade County Public Schools supports the state's new standards.

National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a position paper last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.

Here’s the paper’s summary of the connection:

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Education
6:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Talks Preschool Budgets, Preschoolers Respond

Rick Scott talked preschool budgets with preschoolers.
Credit @FLGovScott / Twitter

Gov. Rick Scott visited the Miami Children’s Museum Monday to promote the state’s preschool program.

The governor stood against a backdrop of finger paint and glitter and talked about increasing funding for early learning.

StateImpact Florida was there. You can listen to the full report:

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StateImpact Florida
9:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

Natasha Santana-Viera and Mack Godbee talk grades and goals at Miami Carol City Senior High.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore Mack Godbee is reviewing his grades with his mentor, Natasha Santana-Viera.

The first quarter on Godbee’s report card is littered with Ds and Fs. This quarter, there are more Cs and Bs. He’s got an A in English.

“Congratulations on that,” says Santana-Viera. “When you need help, do you know where to go?”

“Straight to y’all,” says Godbee.

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StateImpact Florida
9:50 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal

Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge.

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 7:54 am

Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge.
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Session 2014
12:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session

FEA President Andy Ford
Credit NEA Public Relations

In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott promoted his $18.8 billion budget for education.

But if it were up to Florida Education Association president Andy Ford, there would be even more money going to Florida’s public schools.

The Florida Education Association is the state umbrella group for Florida teachers’ unions. Before the legislative session began, Ford sat down with StateImpact Florida to talk about policy priorities this year.

Q: Where is FEA on the Common Core State Standards now?

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StateImpact Florida
6:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New College Scholarship Fund Raises $25 Million For Undocumented Immigrants

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:34 pm

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StateImpact Florida
1:37 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Studies Find Textbooks Are A Poor Match For Common Standards

As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core.

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:49 pm

As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core.
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StateImpact Florida
7:07 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Why 'Less Is More' For A Rural Florida School Preparing For Common Core

Casi Adkinson, a teacher at West Defuniak Elementary listens as a student explains her answer during morning group work.

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:53 pm

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StateImpact Florida
11:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Study: Not Going To College Will Cost You

The gap in median earnings between those who have graduated college and those who haven't is growing, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 11:42 am

The gap in median earnings between those who have graduated college and those who haven't is growing, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
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