In a no-more-gaps future, every child hits their potential. Every child is ready for college or a high performance career. Every child grows into a doer, a dreamer, or something of both.
Florida is closing gaps faster than any state in the nation. Our high performing students are performing higher, and almost any way you want to group our students, the groups are achieving more than ever before.
That’s good. But we still have gaps. Students in certain economic circumstances tend to perform better than students in other circumstances. There's a gap between the United States and the rest of the world, and in some areas, there is a gap between Florida's students and those in the United States.
The Florida Education Foundation is working as an integral partner with the Florida Department of Education toward a future where performance gaps are an artifact of history.
As the Foundation for Florida’s Department of Education, we serve as a nexus connecting well informed strategic direction with resources to leverage effective change. Led by an outstanding board of corporate and philanthropic leaders from around the state, the Florida Education Foundation is uniquely positioned to accelerate positive change for our students and for our state.
We believe high standards and school accountability inspire an educational environment in which the talents and capabilities of all learners are valued and respected.
We believe that successful educational outcomes for all students and student groups are vitally important to the future of our communities, our state, and our nation.
We believe in the importance of reading as the fundamental basis for learning.
Standards and Accountability
Increasingly progressive standards and transparent accountability among schools, educators and students have been vital in the improvement of educational outcomes in Florida. Economic and technological factors demand more globally comparative educational outcomes for all students. Because standards and transparent accountability continue to inspire an environment in which the talents and capabilities of all learners are valued and respected, the Foundation will seek to strengthen the systems of standards and accountability in Florida and to lead in the advancement and evolution of these systems.
Closing the Achievement Gap
Florida’s highest performing students depart public schools with myriad options for college and career. Our collective quality of life will improve as we enable all learners to fulfill their talents and reach their full potential. The academic performance gap in Florida, like the nation, is pronounced in groupings of students by both race and by family income factors. Because successful educational outcomes for all students and student groups are vitally important to the future of our communities, our state, and our nation, the Foundation will endeavor to raise the academic performance of Florida’s lower performing student groups and close the achievement gap.
Foundations for Achievement: Early Grades Reading
Studies often show a clear correlation between early reading preparation and long-term academic attainment. Based on standards of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), more than 60 percent of Florida students in fourth grade are below proficient in reading, a vital skill for continued success in primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Other research indicates that reading deficiencies are higher in the United States comparative to other nations even before traditional public schooling age. Because of the importance of reading as a basis for all other learning, the Foundation will pursue systemic changes in improving the reading capabilities of Florida children through grade three.