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PRESS RELEASE

November 18, 2005

Jennifer Fennell
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Launches High School Reform Task Force Website

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today launched the Department of Education's High School Reform Task Force Website, www.fldoe.org/hsreform. The website services as a vehicle for submitting public input. Responses and input will be collected and presented to the Task Force at each meeting for discussion. Other features of the website include information on the Task Force mission, six goals, members, meeting schedule and materials, as well as resources on secondary reform.

"The goal of the High School Reform Task Force is to increase achievement at the secondary level and the availability of a public feedback tool is instrumental to a balanced discussion," said Commissioner Winn. "By incorporating input from education stakeholders around the state, the Task Force will work towards developing the best strategies possible for Florida's high school students."

Two goals will be discussed at each of the first three meetings. Following each meeting, recommendations and strategies to meet each goal will be posted on the site, with the opportunity for the public to provide their input and feedback. Notices will be sent to district superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and teachers encouraging their participation. Other education stakeholders are asked to provide their input as well.

The meeting dates and goals to be discussed are listed below:

November 18:

  • Goal 1: Increase the academic achievement of levels of high school students
  • Goal 2: Increase the percent of high school graduates

November 28:

  • Goal 3: Increase the percent of graduates entering a postsecondary career path or further training with qualifications earned through Florida high school programs
  • Goal 4: Increase the percent of graduates prepared to enter postsecondary institutions without remediation

December 12:

  • Goal 5: Increase the level of rigor of high school math and science instruction
  • Goal 6: Increase the percent of teachers prepared to teach advanced courses at grades 6-12