A Message From Education
Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg
We were able to determine that a set of questions known as the anchor set, which help to ensure the test is of similar difficulty from year to year, did not perform as anticipated. As a result, we will be rescoring the 2006 FCAT reading scores for third graders. This will not affect the school grades for 2006, but may delay the release of the 2007 school grades. We hope to have this process completed within the next several weeks.
We have full confidence in the results of this years FCAT and I assure you the Department will continue to seek ways to improve upon the testing system to ensure that this type of anomaly does not occur in the future. This week, I convened an external advisory group of superintendents, testing experts and district personnel to develop best practices for future use. From this point forward, an annual review of the FCAT process will be conducted by independent, outside experts to make certain that our processes maintain its transparency and consistency. The Florida testing system is one of the finest in the country, and I will work hard to continue our trend of setting the standards high.
To read the full statement from Commissioner Blomberg, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_05_23-2.asp.
Education Commissioner Releases
FCAT Results for Reading and Mathematics for Third Through 10th Grade
and Science for Grades 5, 8, and 11
Measuring the academic progress of our students is a critical step in determining their educational needs, said Commissioner Blomberg. Each years test results give us the ability to highlight academic success, identify opportunities for improvement and focus our resources where they are needed the most.
Overall, 57 percent of students in grades 3 through 10 are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above) compared to 47 percent in 2001. Sixty-two (62) percent of Florida students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above) compared to 50 percent in 2001.
For the latest FCAT results, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org.
Community Colleges Chancellor David Armstrong to
Become Broward Community Colleges Next President
Floridas community college system is nationally-recognized a testament to the leadership and vision of Chancellor Armstrong," said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg.
For nearly 10 years, Armstrong has led Floridas community college system and has increased access to postsecondary education, particularly in underserved populations. He has been able to secure equitable funding for the community college system from the Florida Legislature and has formed numerous partnerships with major business organizations. Under his leadership, community colleges began developing bachelor degree programs targeted to high demand, critical shortage areas in Floridas workforce.
One area Chancellor Armstrong excelled in was developing leaders. The Chancellors Leadership Seminar, now in its seventh year, is a nationally-recognized professional development experience for mid-level college administrators who have the potential to become community college presidents.
Blomberg said she and the State Board of Education will decide on the selection process for the chancellor's position.
Division of Blind Services
Awarded Florida Sterling Award
With more than 300 employees, 12 district and five satellite offices, the Braille and Talking Book Library, and the Orientation and Adjustment Center, the Division of Blind Services assists blind and visually-impaired Floridians in every Florida county and city. Their results exhibit high levels of performance and sustained improvement trends in areas of product and service outcomes, human resources and customer satisfaction.
For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org.
Community Colleges Celebrates 50
To commemorate the 50 golden years, the event will honor the past, celebrate the present, and focus on the future of Florida's Community Colleges.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, an Edison Community College alumnus,
will be the guest speaker during this event.
Other invitees include Gov. Charlie Crist, State Board of Education members,
Community College Presidents or their designees, current and past participants
of the Chancellor's Leadership Seminar, past state board members of the
community college board, trustees, Florida Association of Community College
board members, legislators and many others.
Governor Signs Bill To Require Physical Education
For Students In Grades K-5
To ensure that educators have access to research
regarding the most innovative teaching strategies, the bill requires the
Florida Department of Education to review and revise the Sunshine State
Standards regarding physical education to reflect state-of-the-art practices.
The bill defines physical education as instruction that improves strength,
agility, flexibility, movement, stamina, teamwork, fair play, and nutrition,
and includes dance.
Florida History Fair State Contest Recognizes Students
$10 Million Gift To Promote School Readiness Effort
The grant was awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
of Battle Creek, Mich., one of the worlds largest private foundations.
For more information on the grant, visit http://news.education.ufl.edu/node/155.
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