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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First Lady Ann Scott Announced Joy Prescott, Glades County Educator, as the 2019 Teacher of the Year

Orlando, Fla., July 13, 2018 – Today, First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart named Joy Prescott from Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Glades County the 2019 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year at the awards gala in Orlando. Educators from throughout the state of Florida attended the event to celebrate excellence in education. Ms. Prescott was chosen from more than 198,700 public school teachers throughout the state.

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Governor Scott: More Florida Schools Earning High Marks

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Education has released school grades for the 2017-18 school year. This year’s scores demonstrate continued school improvement. Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “The school grades announced today are the result of hard work by our students, parents, teachers and leaders. I am extremely proud that Florida’s accountability system continues to ensure all students have access to the high-quality education they deserve and that it prepares them for college, a career and life.”

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