May 9, 2008
Vol. 2, Issue 10
2008 FCAT Writing+ Results Announced
According to the 2008 Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT) Writing+ results, a greater percentage of Florida students
are writing at or above grade level. The percent of students in grades
4, 8 and 10 scoring at or above Achievement Level 3 on the Writing+ exam
increased over the previous year. In addition, the majority of Floridas
fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders continue to score 3.5 and above on the
essay portion of the exam. This years results mirror Floridas
strong performance on the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress
(NAEP) Writing assessment.
Beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, parents may view
their students scores via the FCAT Parent Network at www.fcatparentnetwork.com
using the secure login and password provided by their school.
Department of Education Applies For Federal Differentiated
Accountability Pilot Program
The Florida Department of Education has submitted its application for
the differentiated accountability pilot program to the U.S. Department
of Education. Announced in March by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret
Spellings, up to 10 states will be selected to create a tiered approach
to address required interventions for Title I schools that do not meet
Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. Floridas
proposal links state and federal accountability systems to identify schools
that need focused preventive measures, those in need of more serious corrective
action and those that require intensive intervention such as restructuring
or closure. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_05_05-3.asp.
Florida Receives International Reading Award
Florida was announced as one of only two states to
receive a Five-Star Policy Award from the International Reading Association
(IRA) this year. The award is part of the IRAs Five-Star Policy Recognition
Program, which encourages states and provinces to adopt and implement policies
that support effective literacy instruction for all children. Since the
programs inception in 2001, only eight states have earned the award.
Florida Celebrates First Ever Math
Schools across the state celebrated Floridas
first ever Math Day on May 1. Each school in the state was invited to
teach a specific mathematics lesson based on the theme of financial literacy.
More than 40 lesson plans were written and submitted by Florida teachers
to be considered for the state Math Day lessons. Of the 40 submissions,
four were chosen to represent lesson plans for the high school, middle
school and elementary school levels.
The lesson plan winners are:
Grade 2: Mary Sims, Bluewater Elementary School, Okaloosa County, A
Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Grade 5: Sarah Wright, Shalimar Elementary School, Okaloosa
County, Florida Food Round Up!
Grade 7: Laura Brainard, Eau Gallie High School, Brevard
County, Lets Go Shopping: Calculating Percents
High School: Jenny Ellis, Palm Beach Gardens High
School, Palm Beach County, Buy Now, Pay Later? Caveat Emptor!
Department Holds Third Annual Bullying Prevention
The Florida Department of Education's Third Annual
Bullying Prevention Conference sponsored by the Department, the Florida
Institute of Education and the University of North Florida, provided participants
with comprehensive information about the various forms of bullying, its
causes and effective prevention strategies. More than 500 teachers, school
administrators, counselors, state agency representatives, community leaders,
law enforcement officials and parents attended the two-day conference.
Governor Crist Appoints Department of Education Chancellor
to Biotech Task Force
Governor Charlie Crist announced that Florida Department
of Education Chancellor of Workforce Education Lucy Hadi has been appointed
to the Biotech Task Force for a term beginning April 17, 2008, and ending
June 30, 2009. The Task Force has been assembled to study biotech competitiveness
in the state.