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Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, Report No. 04-41, June 2004
 
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  • Since the publication of our original report in April 2001, the Legislature and Department of Education have continued to implement components of the A+ Plan by expanding FCAT to all grades 3 through 10 and incorporating learning gains into the school grading criteria.  Since the report’s release, school grades and student performance improved.  However, many students have not achieved proficiency in reading and math.  Schools are implementing various strategies to improve performance in these subjects and the department has disseminated information on effective teaching strategies, particularly in reading. 
  • The department also has improved program measurement and plans to expand current measures to assess the performance of programs such as vocational education that receive large state appropriations.  However, the department’s inspector general has not yet fulfilled his statutory responsibilities to independently verify that performance data is accurate and reliable.
  • Although Florida is considered to be on track in meeting many of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), most Florida schools did not meet the federal adequate yearly progress criteria in 2003-04.  Florida has set annual targets to meet the NCLB goal to have 100% of students proficient by 2013-14, but given the current rate of improvement, the state may not meet this goal.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 05-22 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. 05-11 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Application Requirements Are Reasonable; Financial Management Problematic, published in March 2005.
  • 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. 02-22 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. 98-06A Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Florida's Community College System, published in August 1998.
  • Report No. 01-68 Best Financial Management Practices Review: Lake County School District, published in December 2001.
  • Report No. 02-25 Best Financial Management Practices Review: Miami-Dade County School District, published in April 2002.

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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