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March 1, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

K-20 Accountability Advisory Council meets March 5 in Tallahassee

The K-20 Accountability Advisory Council will hold its first meeting March 5 to begin work on recommendations to Education Secretary Jim Horne and the Florida Board of Education.

The Florida Board of Education asked Secretary Horne to appoint the advisory council to help draft performance measures, standards, measurements, reporting and rewards and sanctions linked to performance of Florida's K-20 education system. The recommendations will be completed by June 30.

The advisory council will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1703/1707 in the Turlington Building, 325 W. Gaines St. in Tallahassee. The meeting agenda is attached.

The advisory council's objectives are to:

  • Recommend performance measures to assess progress towards goals in legislation and adopted by the Florida Board of Education.
  • Develop standards that identify institutional performance levels and improvement, or lack thereof.
  • Recommend the adoption or development of measurement and data systems necessary to measure and report performance in valid and reliable ways.
  • Identify process for providing assistance to institutions performing below standards.
  • Identify performance incentives and sanctions linked to performance.
  • Recommend a user-friendly performance reporting system for institutions, policymakers and for the general public.

Assistant Secretary of Education John Winn is guiding the K-20 Accountability Advisory Council.

Other appointees are:

Higher Education Accountability — Dr. Larry Abele, Provost, Florida State University.

Boards of Trustees — Dr. James Corbin, Florida A&M University Board of Trustees; the Rev. Bill Thornton, Okaloosa—Walton Community College District Board of Trustees.

Institutional President — Ed Massey, President, Indian River Community College; Dr. Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida.

Students — Anthony Roeder, Tallahassee Community College, Student Representative.

Council for Education Policy Research and Improvement — Edwin Moore, President and CEO, James Madison Institute.

Council of 100 — Lenny Miller, Lennar Corp.

One Florida Accountability Commission — Dr. Lawrence Morehouse, Florida Education Fund.

Former member, Board of Regents — Steven J. Uhlfelder, Attorney.

Workforce Development — Linda M. Cooke, Member of Workforce Innovation Board.

Independent Education Sector — Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami.

Public School Superintendent — Jim Warford, Superintendent, Marion County Schools.

PTSA — Jerome Showers, Florida PTA Region II Representative.

School Board Member — Judie Budnick, Vice Chairperson, Broward County School Board.

Florida Chamber of Commerce — Dennis Grady, President, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Floridians for School Choice — Patrick Heffernan.

Faculty Senate Representative — Dr. Clifford K. Madsen, Distinguished Professor, Florida State University.

Teacher — Henry Brown III, 2001 Florida Teacher of the Year.

School Readiness Partnership — Kathryne Kamiya, Executive Director.

Testing and measurement — Dr. Tom Fisher, Florida Department of Education.

Legislator — Representative Dennis Baxley, Florida House of Representatives.