The results also indicate that Florida is now equal to or above the national average in nearly every scoring category and student subgroup. In comparison, Floridas 1998 NAEP Writing performance placed it equal to or below the national average in these same measures. For the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_04_03.asp.
Florida Selected To Join Prestigious Schools To
Launched in 1999, STW began as a national program
that initially identified four middle-grades schools. The program mobilizes
state-level partners to identify effective schools that will serve as
models for the rest of the country. To date, more than 50 percent of the
nation's middle-schoolers are now in 16 STW states with over 160 schools
designated STW. Floridas selection makes it the 17th state to participate
in the program. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org.
Florida Department of Education Launches New Web Site
The Florida Department of Education recently unveiled its new Web site at www.fldoe.org. The redesigned site offers portals for students, educators, administrators and staff, families and communities. The site features the same useful information but offers a fresh look and feel that is more relevant and focused for its users. Based on user input, the site also provides subject headings relating to public schools, colleges, workforce education and testing, to name a few. Other tools include an enhanced Google search and frequently asked questions for the many services offered by the Department. To view the site or to offer your comments and feedback, go to www.fldoe.org.
Florida Offender Alert System
The system allows you to sign up to receive e-mail alert notifications when a registered sexual offender or predator moves to your neighborhood, or within a radius of any other designated address all for free. FDLE encourages you to register your home address, as well as locations such as your childs school, your workplace, and any locations that you and your family frequent. You can also opt to track address changes reported by specific registered offenders or predators. You can monitor an unlimited number of addresses or offenders/predators.
To sign up, go to www.flsexoffender.net.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County
Public Schools Named 2008 Finalists for $1 Million Broad Prize
The Broad (rhymes with "road") Prize for Urban Education honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and low-income students.
The winner of The Broad Prize, to be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will receive $500,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors. Each of the four finalist districts will receive $125,000 in scholarships.
2008 Florida History Fair
Sponsored by the Florida Department of State and coordinated by the Museum of Florida History, the annual state contest is held on the campus of Tallahassee Community College. Participation in the History Fair allows students to strengthen critical thinking, research, reading and personal skills that are useful throughout life. They also learn new approaches to more effective ways of communication and expression. The students compete in five categories: historical papers, Web sites, exhibits, documentaries, and performances. To learn more, visit www.museumoffloridahistory.com.
Connections Conference To Feature Lieutenant Governor
The Connections Conference is part of the Achieving the Dream initiative, which aims to improve the success of underrepresented students at community colleges in Florida and 14 other states. The event is sponsored by the Division of Community Colleges with funding from The Lumina Foundation. Administrators, staff and faculty at each of Floridas 28 community colleges are encouraged to submit proposals for concurrent sessions. For more information or to register, visit www.fldoe.org/cc/connections.
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