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PRESS RELEASE

December 30, 2004

MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn Highlights Student Success in 2004
Florida's students made great strides, and can expect to continue progress

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John Winn today announced the creation of the 2004 Year in Review webpage on the Florida Department of Education's website, www.fldoe.org. The website highlights some of the accomplishments of Florida's students in 2004.

"Under the leadership of Governor Bush and his A+ Plan, Florida's focus on reading and accountability is paying tremendous dividends and our students are making great strides," Education Commissioner Winn said. "If we continue to work towards ending social promotion, meeting Florida's need for quality teachers and ensuring every child can read, we should have an even better 2005."

Highlights from the Year in Review webpage include the Education Trust report, in which Florida's students were found to be leading the nation in reading gains, as well as the FCAT results, which showed more than half of all students in 3rd through 10th grade reading at or above grade level for the first time in the state's history.

"Florida's students are leading the nation in rising student achievement," State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy said. "With the implementation of a high quality prekindergarten program, we will be offering more students than ever the tools they need to realize their potential."

The webpage features facts and reports pertaining to every level of Florida's seamless K-20 system, including information about graduation rates at Florida's High Schools and Colleges.

To visit the website, please go to http://www.fldoe.org/news/04Review/