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Press ReleaseMonday, May 17, 2010
DOE Press Office
Florida Educator Accomplished Practices Now Available for Public Review~ Department seeks feedback on revised educator standards through June 15 ~
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Education has launched a new website designed to collect feedback on the recently revised Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs), which serve as the state’s standard for effective teaching. In January, the Department’s 18-member Teacher Task Force began the process of reviewing the state’s existing accomplished practices to better align them to current expectations of the teaching profession. The Department’s new website allows teachers, parents and education professionals throughout the state to offer suggestions on the proposed revisions and provide general commentary on the process moving forward.
“The members of our state Teacher Task Force have spent countless hours identifying the traits that are essential to improving their profession and the academic achievement of all students,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “It’s been an honor to work side-by-side with them during this process and I’m confident that the additional input we receive during this critical review process will result in teaching standards that truly enhance the profession in our state.”
The FEAPs were originally established in 1998, serving as the state’s standards for effective instructional practice, and are currently used to define and identify effective teaching. The FEAPs also outline the framework for Florida teacher preparation programs across the state and, moving forward, will establish the core practices for teacher appraisal systems under the state’s Race to the Top plan, should the state be successful in the competition. Comments on the new standards are due by June 15th. To view the revised standards and provide comment, visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/FEAPSRevisions/.
Members of Florida’s Teacher Task Force were selected based on their proven track-record of positively impacting student achievement, and represent teachers from across Florida’s various regions. This group of educators has been working to identify the characteristics of effective teachers, and will continue to collaborate with Department staff to elevate teaching as a profession throughout the state. For more information about the Teacher Task Force, including a listing of the 18 highly-effective teachers selected for the group, visit http://www.fldoe.org/commissioner/ttf.asp.