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The Department of Education Has Taken Initial Steps to Improve Student Progression Data, Report No. 08-42, June 2008
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  • Since the implementation of Florida’s third grade retention policy, student performance has improved and fewer third graders have scored at the lowest level on the FCAT, level 1. In addition, third grade retention has decreased since the first year of the new retention policy.
  • The Department of Education has taken initial steps to ensure that progression data reported by the districts is complete and accurate. In 2005 the department implemented data edits to ensure that the data is complete and accurate. This will likely help resolve two of the three data issues noted in our previous report. However, the department has not added data elements such as information on mid-year promotions to help resolve the situations where there is not enough information to determine why retained third grade level 1 students took the fourth grade FCAT in the following year.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 06-66 Third Grade Retention Policy Leading to Better Student Performance Statewide, published in October 2006.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-05 Several States Offer High School Diploma Options to Address Students’ Needs and Future Goals,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-56 Many Florida Programs Enhance Students’ Career and College Readiness, published in November 2010.
  • Report No. 05-02 OPPAGA Report: K-8 Schools May Help School Districts Improve Student Performance, published in January 2005.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 00-07 Progress Report: Florida Actions Should Improve Student Performance in High-Poverty Schools, published in August 2000.

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