Florida Leads the Nation in Advanced Placement Exam Participation

The College Board has announced that Florida leads the nation with the highest percentage of the class of 2019 graduates who took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam while in high school. Fifty-six percent of the 2019 graduating class participated in an AP exam during their high school career.

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Florida 4th in the Nation for K-12 Student Achievement

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that Florida remains ranked 4th in the nation for K-12 student achievement, according to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2019 report. The annual report compares state-by-state data and trends related to achievement levels, achievement gains, poverty gap, achieving excellence, high school graduation and Advanced Placement.

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Governor DeSantis, Commissioner Corcoran Announce Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, Hillsborough County Educator, as 2020 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year

Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran named Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, from C. Leon King High School in Hillsborough County, as the 2020 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at an awards gala in Orlando attended by educators from throughout the state who gathered to celebrate excellence in education. Dr. Graham was chosen from more than 176,900 Florida public school teachers.

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Commissioner Corcoran Names Florida’s 2019 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 19, 2019 – Today, at a meeting of the State Board of Education, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran named Michelle Kefford, of Broward County, as the 2019 Principal of the Year and Bernadette Pletcher, of Manatee County, as the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said, “Under Michelle Kefford’s and Bernadette Pletcher’s leadership Charles W. Flanagan High School and James Tillman Elementary have made tremendous strides. They are obliterating the negative narrative that too often surrounds Title I schools, and I am honored to recognize these educators and their students for tremendous growth. I hope that others will look to them as models for what Florida’s public schools should be for our students.”

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Florida Lottery Contributes Even More to Public Education

The Lottery has been a long-term supporter for Florida’s Teacher of the Year Program, Principal of the Year Program and Sunshine State Scholars, an event that recognizes Florida’s most talented STEM students in their junior year of high school.

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FloridaStudentsAchieve.org Launches to Empower Parents to Lead in Education

In a job world that continues to value higher standards and improving student outcomes, the Florida Education Foundation recently partnered with the Florida Department of Education to launch a new parent-centric website, FloridaStudentsAchieve.org

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Wells Fargo Funds Presenting Sponsorship for Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards

The Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards is a long-running statewide program to recognize and inspire school-level business partnerships in Florida education.

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