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Reports, Plans & Funds, in Layman's Terms

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  1. Florida Six Education Priorities, Four K-20 Goals & Eight Strategic Initiatives

  2. A+ plan 

  3. School Improvement Dollars - Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (lottery)

  4. Advanced Placement Funds - IB, gifted, advanced funding

  5. SAI funds  - Supplemental Academic Instruction

  6. Needs Assessment

  7. School Public Accountability Report

  8. Data, Statistics, Public Reports - School Indicators Report, SPAR, etc...

  9. NCLB SPAR  (replaces SACR or SAC Report)

  10. Climate Surveys  - an annual requirement for schools

  11. Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability

  12. AYP Report

1. Four K-20 Goals and Strategic Imperatives
The Florida Board of Education has adopted eight (8) strategic imperatives around the four goal areas established by the Legislature in SB 1162.
Goal 1: Highest Student Achievement
Imperative 1: Increasing the supply of highly qualified K-12 instructors.
Imperative 2: Applying existing academic standards at all levels consistently.
Imperative 3: Increasing rates of learning and completion at all levels, especially in high school, and raising the proportion of K-12 graduates, particularly low-income and minority students, who enter post-secondary education without remediation.
Imperative 4: Improving the quality of school leadership at all levels.
Goal 2: Seamless Articulation and Maximum Access
Imperative 5: Setting and aligning academic standards for every level of the K-20 education system.
Imperative 6: Achieving world-class, nationally recognized institutions of higher learning by improving access, funding, performance, and accountability.
Goal 3: Skilled Workforce and Economic Development
Imperative 7: Appropriately aligning the workforce's education with the skill requirements of the new economy.
Goal 4: Quality Efficient Services
Imperative 8: Aligning financial resources with performance expectations at each level of the K-20 education system.


Florida Six Education Priorities  - (re-write of the education statutes)
a)   Learning and completion at all levels, including increased high school graduation rate and readiness for postsecondary education without remediation.--
All students demonstrate increased learning and completion at all levels, graduate from high school, and are prepared to enter postsecondary education without remediation.
(b)  Student performance.--
Students demonstrate that they meet the expected academic standards consistently at all levels of their education.
c)  Alignment of standards and resources.--
Academic standards for every level of the K-20 education system are aligned, and education financial resources are aligned with student performance expectations at each level of the K-20 education system.
(d)  Educational leadership.--
The quality of educational leadership at all levels of K-20 education is improved.
e) Workforce education.--
Workforce education is appropriately aligned with the skills required by the new global economy.
(f)  Parental, student, family, educational institution, and community involvement.--Parents, students, families, educational institutions, and communities are collaborative partners in education, and each plays an important role in the success of individual students. Therefore, the State of Florida cannot be the guarantor of each individual student's success. The goals of Florida's K-20 education system are not guarantees that each individual student will succeed or that each individual school will perform at the level indicated in the goals.


2. A+ plan 
Below based on document on the A+ Plan: The A+ plan is "The Bush/Brogan A+ Plan for Education" which includes: (3 headings and subheadings in a, b, c order) 
The Bush/Brogan Commitment to Accountability and Improving Student Learning
  a.  Revise state education goals
b.  Measure annual student learning
c.  Closing the Education gap
d. grade schools and report progress
e. eliminate social promotion
f.  reward schools for achievement and improvement
g. help failing schools and give parents more choice if they do not improve
The Bush/Brogan Commitment to Higher Professional Standards for Educators
a.  a.  raise standards for professional educators
b.  rate colleges of education on performance
c.  raise standards for admission to colleges of education
d.  reward high performing educators
e.  hold educators accountable for performance
g.  focus and improve teacher training
The Bush/Brogan Commitment to Safer Schools
a.   invest more in school safety
b.  expand second chance schools for disruptive and violent youth
c.  prepare teachers to handle classroom discipline
d.  reduce absenteeism and truancy                     



School Improvement Dollars 
School Improvement Funds: This is money from legislature to help implement the School Improvement Plans that are required by law by each school and this is governed by the SAC.  "The School Advisory Council (SAC) has control of money known as School Improvement Dollars. This amounts to $5 per FTE and may be spent however the SAC determines it should be spent. It cannot be vetoed by the Principal." The money is appropriated through the Lottery enhancement fund and is for SAC to use to raise student performance. 


4. Advanced Placement Funds
  If advanced placement students are also designated as "gifted" - they would have weighted FTE.  However, the IB students are afforded greater funding through advanced placement as well as an IB FTE supplement. More funding is also spent because of the fact the classes are usually a little smaller, teachers are usually more senior with higher degrees or training.

IB costs are higher. IB curriculum is special and the school/admin. work with the International experts to adhere to their standards. There is extra cost in this. We get extra funding from the state for IB students in the 11th & 12th grade (IB supplement). This is added into the FTE.  Some districts (Hillsborough) "eat the extra cost" from general funds for 9th and 10th grades.

Watch your district's budget. There are three programs which generate extra FTE - (1) IB is one (remember it's only 11th & 12th grade years), (2) Advanced Placement, and (3) Isolated Schools. (Isolated schools is rural)

Your district financial officer can give you the scoop on how your budget is broken down and what funding is received for these IB students and even the district comparisons. Each school receives different amounts because each student receives different FTE levels - depending on whether they are in any ESE programs, advanced placement, etc.. Such as - Alachua county received $1.9 million in extra supplemental FTE for advance placement this year.  (submitted by Sharon D., edited)
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"In Alachua County, the Advanced Placement money is split between HS, middle and elementary schools. If I remember right, HS receive 75%, middle 10% and elementary 5%. In High School, half goes into the SAC budget, and all into the SAC budgets for elementary and middle. Gainesville High School has a SAC budget of around $150,000 and that is without any school recognition money. We also get SIP money this year." (submitted by Dwayne M., Alachua Co.)

The state provides additional FTE funds to AP classes. It is then up to the school administration or AP 
teachers how these funds are spent. As you know the state paid for current 9/10 grade students to take the PSAT. I think we may see additional funding in the coming years to pay for AP exams, which now cost $71.00 for each class taken. (submitted by Nina C., Kissimmee)

Grades 11-12 receive an FTE supplement for AP exams and IB exams. (submitted by Sharon D. Hillsborough Co.)


5. SAI funds - Supplemental Academic Instruction
  The Legislature rolled together summer school, dropout, etc. categoricals into a big pot of money that schools and districts can use with greater flexibility to meet individual student needs. It is a part of the FEFP--Florida Education Finance Program. This occurred last year and was continued in this year's budget--it's specific appropriation 78 in the General Appropriations Act for FY 2000-2001 (Conference Report on House Bill 2145) Section 2--Education.


6. Needs Assessment
Need hard & soft data for needs assessment.  Integrate parents into needs / ad hoc committees (the parent component)



School Public Accountability Report
This report has been replaced by the NCLB report.  See #10 below.
SPAR  - School Public Accountability Report. This report gives the public the indicators that the state uses: FCAT results among others. This report should be used as a tool in evaluating your SIP, where the school was and where they should be. The report is either given to students to deliver to their parents or it may be mailed home, perhaps in a newsletter.

The old 1991 accountability reports included: number of gifted students, handicapped students, ESOL students, discipline information, truancy levels, promotion rate, Testing results, mobility rate, free/reduced price lunch figures, student population, attendance, racial/ethnic composition AND teacher and staff composition-education level and racial ethnic composition. This Report was based on Blueprint 2000 which had the 7 goals which we have now.

1997 Report included a simpler-less information report: (based on 7 goals) (Goal 3) the testing scores including writing, absenteeism, (Goal 5) number of incidents for violence etc... (Goal 4) Teacher & administrator numbers, newly hired, absenteeism, out of field teachers, staff evaluations, teachers with advanced degrees...and (Goal 8) numbers for Parental involvement. The internet report (DOE) included Free and Reduced lunch #, absent 21+ #'s, mobility rate, minority rate, promotion rate, suspension rate, amount tested...

The 1998-1999 reports changed significantly with the change of how testing results are formulated. (levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) The internet report includes suspension rate, absent 20+ days report, promote rate, free/reduced price lunch report. The levels were not included in the report sent home with students - the level report was on the internet.                     


8. Public Reporting - Data for preparing and evaluating SIP
"Public Reporting is An essential part of Florida's system for high-quality school and student performance." 

The Florida School Indicators Report  (FSIR) which is developed by DOE and provides data on every school in the state.  There are 16 indicators used to report information on how well each school is doing on the eight State Education Goals.

The School Public Accountability Reports  - (SPAR) are less detailed versions of the School Advisory Council Report.  These reports are prepared by schools and districts for distribution to parents and students. It includes summary data found in the SAC Report as well as results of the school improvement plan (SIP) and other data included by the school or district.

The School Accountability Report is produced annually by DOE for elementary through high school.  Based partially on the SAC Report, it summarizes information about school achievement, learning environment, and student characteristics.  School performance is shown relative to state averages.                          


9. NCLB AYP  (replaces SACR or SAC Report)

The School Advisory Council Report  (SACR)  is a detailed report prepared for each school in the state.  It includes test scores, dropout and graduation rates, information on school staff, attendance data, readiness to start school, and other types of data, most of which are disaggregated by race and gender.  This report is used by the school advisory council for school improvement planning."  (report released about the end of October)  This report has been replaced by the NCLB report.

SACRs are being replaced by NCLB SPAR (No Child Left Behind School Public Accountability Report)  to meet both federal and state requirements for educational accountability through annual public disclosure reports. (distributed August 2003 to schools)

In a memo dated May 8, 2003, to District School Superintendents, MIS Directors and District School Report Contacts from DOE regarding "Replacement of Annual School Advisory Council Reports" state: "Note that the Florida Legislature’s repeal and replacement of prior state education goals has resulted in discontinuance of the School Advisory Council Reports (SACRs). In effect, the SACRs are being replaced by the NCLB SPARs (Note, it is referred to as AYP on this website) to meet both federal and state requirements for educational accountability through annual public disclosure reports."



"The climate survey is required by law, reported in the School Public Accountability Report and School Advisory Council Report, BUT is locally selected. There is not one statewide instrument. I believe there may be a move to standardize the climate survey, however, as part of the state governance restructuring and development of a K-20 accountability system." "This is an annual  requirement" -- Andrea Willett, DOE

"The authorizing legislation is section 229.591 and 229.592 delineating the state goals and the system components. Within those statutes is the requirement to work toward a goal of safe environment (Goal 5) and good learning environment (Goal 4). From those came State Board Rule 6A-1.09982--Reporting Requirements for School Improvement and Accountability. This rule delineates the pieces that must be reported to the public. In [2] 4.a. of the rule is the indicator : results of an annual locally-administered school learning environment survey. This is commonly referred to as a climate survey. Districts are free to survey all stakeholders annually, or sample stakeholders annually, or rotate stakeholders annually, or some other way--but they must administer it annually and report results. Some school reports may call this "customer feedback" or "environmental response" or "climate survey results" or simply report through statements similar to "Most parents report or indicate that.. . ." "Within the DOE homepage you can access the State Board Rules on line at " --  Andrea Willett



Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.

Best Financial Management Practice Reviews are designed to encourage school districts to use performance and cost-efficiency measures to evaluate programs; use appropriate benchmarks based on comparable school districts, government agencies, and industry standards to assess their operations and performance; identify potential cost-savings through privatization and alternative service delivery; and link financial planning and budgeting to district priorities, including student performance.  

Performance reviews:

School District Performance Reviews are conducted by private consulting firms selected by OPPAGA to assist Florida school districts in identifying ways to save funds, improve management, and increase efficiency and effectiveness.

What Are School District Performance Reviews?
The 1996 Florida Legislature created the School District Performance Review Program to assist Florida school districts in identifying ways to save funds, improve management, and increase efficiency and effectiveness. Pursuant to Florida law, the Legislature annually appropriates funds to pay for the entire cost of the reviews, which are conducted by private consulting firms selected by OPPAGA using a request for proposal (RFP) process. Participating school districts retain any cost savings resulting from the implementation of review recommendations.   


12. AYP Report
Measuring Adequate Yearly Progress to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

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