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Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, Report No. 01-22, April 2001
 
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  • The Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program provides educational services through the state’s 67 counties and is beneficial to the state and should be continued.
  • Overall, Florida has a strong state-level educational accountability system.  Key aspects of Florida’s K-12 accountability system are being refined and implemented over time, and should continue.
  • Although school performance grades have increased significantly in the past two years, these gains should be interpreted with caution until other aspects of the accountability system are implemented.
  • Schools are taking reasonable steps to address the state’s academic priorities and are focusing on implementing initiatives to improve in subjects tested by FCAT and on which the schools' grades are based.  However, more information on cost-effective programs is needed.
  • School districts generally do a poor job demonstrating that the decisions they make and the services and programs they provide are efficient and effective.  Mandatory, state-funded school district reviews should help to improve school district operations and return more funds to the classroom.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-33 Limited Information Available to Assess Statewide Demand and Outcomes for After School Programs,published in August 2009.
  • Report No. 08-42 The Department of Education Has Taken Initial Steps to Improve Student Progression Data, published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 08-04  Steps Taken to Improve Charter School Financial Management and Performance Accountability; Additional Action Needed, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 07-27 High School Completion Rate Increased Slightly After FCAT Graduation Policy Implemented, published in April 2007.
  • Report No. 06-66 Third Grade Retention Policy Leading to Better Student Performance Statewide,published in October 2006.
  • Report No. 05-48 Progress Report: Indian River County School District Has Implemented the Best Practices and Is Eligible For the State Seal, published in October 2005.
  • Report No. 05-43 Progress Report: Osceola County School District Making Progress, But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in  August 2005.
  • Report No. 05-34 Progress Report: Monroe County School District Making Progress, But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in May 2005.
  • Report No. 05-26 Progress Report: Sarasota County School District Making Progress, But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-23 Progress Report: Collier County School District Making Progress, But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-22 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Review Technical Report, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-21 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Performance Comparable to Other Public Schools; Stronger Accountability Needed, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-16 Progress Report: Hillsborough County School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 05-11 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Application Requirements Are Reasonable; Financial Management Problematic, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-36 Information Brief: Teacher Compensation Varies Among School Districts, But Daily Pay Compares Well to Other Occupations, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-21 Progress Report: Miami-Dade County School District Not Yet Eligible for the State's Seal of Best Financial Management, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 03-72 Progress Report: Lake District Not Yet Eligible for the State's Seal of Best Financial Management, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 02-25 Best Financial Management Practices Review: Miami-Dade County School District,published in April 2002.
  • Report No. 02-22 Progress Report: Charter School Management Strengthened, But Improved Academic Accountability Needed, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-23 Overview of Florida's Best Financial Management Practices Program for School Districts, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 00-09 Performance Review: Hillsborough School District Saves $18.7 Million by Implementing Review Recommendations, published in September 2000.
  • Report No. 00-08 Program Review: Florida On-Line High School Should Improve Its Accountability and Access Processes, published in September 2000.
  • Report No. 00-07 Progress Report: Florida Actions Should Improve Student Performance in High-Poverty Schools, published in August 2000.
  • Report No. 00-06 Performance Review: Lee County School District Saves $12.6 Million by Implementing Review Recommendations, published in August 2000.
  • Report No. 00-05 Performance Review: Hamilton School District Saves $550,312 by Implementing Review Recommendations, published in August 2000.
  • Report No. 99-48 Program Review: Charter Schools Need Improved Academic Accountability and Financial Management, published in April 2000.
  • Report No. 99-18 Progress Report: Review of the Potential for Privatizing Student Transportation, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-84 Best Financial Management Practice Review Polk County School District, published in June 1999.
  • Report No. 98-18 Status Report on the School District Performance Review Program, published in October 1998.
  • Report No. 98-07 Program Evaluation and Justification Review Supplemental Analysis: Community College Revenues and Expenditures, published in August 1998.
  • Report No. 97-35 Public Schools and Performance-Based Program Budgeting: Challenges and Opportunities, published in January 1998.
  • Report No. 96-86 A Report on Improving Student Performance in High Poverty Schools, published in June 1997.
  • Report No. 01-68 Best Financial Management Practices Review: Lake County School District, published in December 2001.
  • Report No. 98-06A Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Florida's Community College System, published in August 1998.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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