August 24, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 16
State Board of Education Chooses
Applicants To Interview For the Commissioner of Education Position
The State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously on Tuesday, Aug.
14, to accept seven applicants from a pool of 24 to be interviewed for
the Florida Commissioner of Education position. Each of the seven interview
candidates was recommended to the SBE by PROACT Search, Inc., after a
comprehensive screening process determined that they met board-established
position profile/criteria. The interview candidates selected by the SBE
are as follows: Dr. William Harner, Dr. Earl Lennard, Dr. Joseph Marinelli,
Dr. William Moloney, Dr. Eric Smith, Mr. James Warford and Dr. Cheri Pierson
Yecke. For continuing updates on this process, visit www.proactsearchinc.com/florida
Commissioner Blomberg Announces
Results of 2007 School Grades Appeals
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced the results
of the 2007 school grades and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) appeals.
Each year, school districts may submit appeals to the Department of Education
(DOE) for school grades and AYP designations required by the federal No
Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. This year, districts submitted appeals on
behalf of 42 schools, including 15 school grade appeals, 14 AYP appeals
and 13 for both school grades and AYP, up from 33 appeals last year, but
down from 49 appeals the previous year.
"The school grades appeals process is an important
tool in Floridas education accountability system, said Commissioner
Blomberg. It helps ensure that our schools are receiving the most
accurate grade possible and that special circumstances are given a process
For the full story, visit www.fldoe.org.
Department of Education Launches New Teacher Misconduct
The Florida Department of Education launched a new
Web site that enables the general public to check if disciplinary action
has been taken against a Florida educators certificate. Using an
online database, visitors to the site are able to obtain information on
teacher misconduct cases brought to the state level. Currently, the available
information includes action dates, complaint summaries and descriptions
of final outcomes, including any penalties that may have been applied
to an educator's certificate. Similar to other licensed professionals
such as physicians, accountants and pharmacists, Florida educators are
subject to action against their certificate for substantiated misconduct.
Visit the site at www.myfloridateacher.com.
2007 Marked the Largest Ever Increase
In Florida High School Graduates Taking the ACT
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently
announced Floridas largest ever increase in both the number and
percentage of high school graduates who took the American College Test
(ACT). This year, 81,527 of Florida's 2007 high school graduates took
the ACT, an increase of 23 percent (15,228 graduates) over 2006. Nationwide,
the number of ACT-tested graduates increased only 8 percent.
In addition to the record number of graduates who
took the ACT, Florida saw a large increase in the percentage of students
who took the ACT as compared to last year. Of Floridas 153,100 high
school graduates, 53 percent took the ACT in Florida compared to 45 percent
(147,700 graduates) the prior year and 42 percent nationally. The ACT
is one of two college entrance tests Florida students can choose to take.
For the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_08_15.asp.
Florida Missing Childrens Day
Governor Charlie Crist and Americas Most Wanted
host John Walsh will recognize law enforcement officers, citizens and
canine trailing teams from around the state for their efforts in missing
children investigations and honor Floridas missing children on Monday,
September 10 during the 2007 Florida Missing Childrens Day. The
Florida Knowledge Network and the Florida Channel will broadcast the ceremony
from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET. Schools can contact their district ITV coordinators
or PBS Affiliate for technical information on how to view this program.
For further viewing information, visit www.FloridaKnowledgeNetwork.org.
VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate Rule Workshops
The Florida Department of Education Office of Early
Learning will conduct seven workshops throughout the state in September
to obtain input on the methodology for calculating the 2006-07 Voluntary
Prekindergarten Provider (VPK) Kindergarten Readiness Rate. These rates
are calculated based upon the performance of VPK graduates
on the states kindergarten screening instrument. The states
first Readiness Rates were released in June 2007 (for more information,
go to www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_06_19.asp). To see dates for
upcoming workshops, go to http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-4566/07-25att.pdf.