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Follow-Up Report on Florida's Teacher Certification System Administered by the Department of Education, Report No. 97-46, February 1998
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  • The Legislature, the Department of Education, and the Education Standards Commission have taken steps to better ensure that teachers provide quality education and foster student learning. Florida has taken action to align the teacher certification and preparation systems with the Sunshine State Standards for student performance. Further, the 1997 Legislature revised the requirements for districts' teacher evaluation systems, which must now include indicators of improvement in student performance.
  • However, while recent certification system modifications do include greater emphasis on student performance, certification requirements do not directly specify that students must demonstrate improved performance for a teacher to maintain certification. In addition, the Department has not yet identified specific goals and objectives for teacher certification, nor has it developed performance benchmarks and outcome measures to assess the effectiveness of teacher certification.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 95-10 Review of Florida's Teacher Certification System, published in October 1995.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-49 Progress Report: Fewer Teacher Certification Staff Needed Because of Streamlining and Technology, published in April 2000.
  • Report No. 99-26 Program Review: Management Training Act Should Be Revised, published inĀ  January 2000
  • Report No. 96-52 Review of the Decentralization of the Teacher Certification Renewal Process, published in February 1997

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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