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Many Florida Programs Enhance Students’ Career and College Readiness, Report No. 10-56, October 2010
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  • Florida, like other states and the federal government, has implemented many programs and initiatives to enhance high school graduates’ career and college readiness. These programs serve children from birth through high school graduation.
  • The Legislature could consider several options to further enhance students’ career and college readiness and to evaluate whether current programs are successful and providing an appropriate return on the state’s investment. The Legislature may also wish to consider whether developing a user-friendly, one-stop website that provides information about public school performance and public and private school options would help parents in choosing appropriate schools for their children. Such information could help parents evaluate the school choices available to them and make the best decisions about the schools their children will attend.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Career Education
Certification and Professional Development
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Acceleration Programs
Vocational Rehabilitation
Early Learning Programs
Choice Scholarship Programs
Virtual Education
School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability
School District Workforce Education
Adult General Education
School District Certificate Programs
Exceptional Student Education
School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability
Developmental Education
Charter Schools

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-08 Students with Developmental Disabilities Have Limited Postsecondary Options; A New Institution Would Expand Choices but Require Additional State Funding,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 11-05 Several States Offer High School Diploma Options to Address Students’ Needs and Future Goals,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-51 Legislature Clarified Responsibility for Educating Exceptional Students in Residential Facilities,published in August 2010.
  • Report No. 10-48 Steps Taken to Improve FACTS; Better Information on Postsecondary Student Use Is Still Needed,published in July 2010.
  • Report No. 09-31 Education Data Warehouse Serves Important Function; Project Planning and Management Need Strengthening,published in July 2009.
  • Report No. 08-68 The Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program Saves State Dollars,published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 08-61 Early Learning Coalitions’ Administration and Program Support Expenses Vary Widely; Opinions Divided on Coalition Efficiency,published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-59 Legislature Overhauled Florida’s System of Career and Professional Academies,published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-42 The Department of Education Has Taken Initial Steps to Improve Student Progression Data,published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 08-35 The Governance Structure of Florida’s Early Education Programs Presents Some Administrative Challenges,published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 08-23 61% of Voluntary Prekindergarten Children Are Ready for Kindergarten; Accountability Process Needs Improvement,published in April 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. 07-40 Career Academy Students Perform Better Than Other Students During High School; Later Outcomes Vary,published in October 2007.
  • Report No. 07-31 Half of College Students Needing Remediation Drop Out; Remediation Completers Do Almost as Well as Other Students,published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 06-66 Third Grade Retention Policy Leading to Better Student Performance Statewide,published in October 2006.

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