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Announcements
No Child Left Behind
Florida was one of the first states to implement strong accountability measures for its schools, publishing school grades as early as 1999. Other states look to Florida as a model in the area of accountability.

When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also referred to as No Child Left Behind, was enacted in 2001, it meant that Florida had two systems: the state's and a federal one.

In October 2011, the US Secretary of Education invited states to request a flexibility waiver from ESEA requirements enabling them to eliminate duplicative regulation and move to a single accountability system. Florida was one of 11 states to apply and in February 2012 the US DOE granted the waiver.

This does not mean that the ESEA/NCLB law has gone away.  This means that certain requirements of the law have been waived for Florida.  Instead, Florida will use ONE accountability system...Florida's school grading system.  This will eliminate some of the confusion for parents.  In addition, Florida schools will still be working toward targets each year.  Florida has four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO's).

1)  Decrease the percentage of students scoring as nonproficient in reading and math by half over the course of a six year period of time (2010-11 as the baseline year). 

2) Ensure that 50% of the students in the lowest quartile will make learning gains OR show improvement in learning gains percentage.

3) Achieve an "A" school grade.

4) Statewide Target:  Florida will be in the top performing states and nations. 

AMO Reports will be issued each year and will be available online at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org. These reports will indicate the level of progress being made toward these objectives. 

Parental Involvement
Schools are required to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child's education.  Policies or plans must be in place to ensure that parents can be involved.  In addition, parents must be able to give input on this plan, and recommend strategies that would remove barriers to participation.  The current Parent Involvement Plan is located in the folder below titled "Parent Involvement."  Please access this plan and complete the PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY in order to give input on this plan.  We would like to hear from you, and we would love to help you be more involved in your child's education!!  
LEA Plan
Every five years, Local Educational Agencies (LEA's) must develop a five year plan in order to be eligible for Title I funding.  The current plan in place covers 2011-2016 or until revised.  This plan was developed with input from stakeholders, and is available in the folder titled "LEA Plans" below.  In addition, this folder contains a link to an input form.  Should you like to give additional input on this plan, please access this form, complete, and return to the person listed on the form.  As always, thank you for your continued support of our programs, students, and schools.
Contacts
+ Powers, Patricia
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