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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Announces District Data Leader of the Year Award Program

~ Nominations now being accepted to recognize the state’s data leaders ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is launching an exciting new award program designed to recognize school superintendents who have shown exemplary leadership in using data to increase student achievement in their district. The first-ever District Data Leader of the Year Award highlights the critical role district leaders play in supporting and encouraging the use of data, and in communicating data’s relevance to teachers, administrators, parents, students and other education stakeholders.

“Education data is essential for not only monitoring student performance, but identifying areas of weakness and pinpointing the types of strategies that can drive academic progress forward,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “The District Data Leader of the Year Award will now allow us to honor the leaders using data effectively and work to identify their strategies to mimic across the state.”

The award seeks to recognize school superintendents who continually employ innovative data research strategies, look for new methods and opportunities to improve the use of data, and build partnerships within the community to bolster support and use of data systems. The DOE’s Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement is sponsoring the award to recognize the exceptional leadership of the state’s superintendents in using data. The Division provides education data to support Florida’s high standards, facilitate student learning opportunities and continually improve academic achievement.

“Florida’s nationally-recognized longitudinal data system guides education policy and empowers data-driven decision making,” said Jeff Sellers, Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement. “The Division is proud to recognize the efforts of superintendents to improve student learning by using education data.”

A selection committee comprised of members from DOE will choose five district regional finalists and select an overall winner from among them. Each finalist and the statewide winner will be publicly recognized and will receive either a certificate or a plaque.

School districts wishing to nominate their superintendent must submit the nomination packet by Sept. 1, 2010 with results announced in the fall.

For more information about the District Data Leader of the Year Award program, visit