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Orange County Opting For More K-8 Schools

The popularity of K-8 schools is growing in one of Florida’s largest districts. Orange County Public Schools will add up to five kindergarten through 8th grade schools to the three already in place. These are traditional public schools, not charters or magnets. Kids will be zoned for them just like any other. “A growing body […]

Nine Florida Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Florida has nine winners in this year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, out of 314 schools chosen nationwide. The program honors public and private schools in one of two performance categories: “Exemplary High Performing” is for schools that are among their state’s highest performers, as measured by state assessments or national tests. “Exemplary Improving” recognizes […]

Pirate Prep Helps New South Florida Middle Schoolers Make The Transition

Thousands of Florida students are leaving the comfort of elementary school this month for the intimidating world of middle school. For many, it will be a tough transition. They’ll go from being the older, wiser leaders on campus to being nervous rookies. Studies have suggested that middle schools, meant to be a gentle pathway into […]

Florida Among the Leaders in Improving Education Data

A survey that tracks the way states use data to improve the quality of education finds progress across the board. The data could be anything from individual standardized test scores to the performance of whole school districts. The Data Quality Campaign is in its seventh year. More than fifty organizations around the country are now […]

Study Finds Florida Middle Schools Bad for Student Achievement

A study in Education Week makes the case for districts to get rid of middle schools in favor of K-8 schools. Harvard University researchers Guido Schwerdt and Martin R. West looked at public schools in Florida. They used statewide data to track kids in grades 3 through 10 from 2000 to 2009. The study found […]

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