Governor Scott Signs Middle School Performance Study Legislation

Governor Scott Signs Middle School Performance Study Legislation

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. –  Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 293 into law, which directs the Florida Department of Education to commission a study on what high-performing states are doing to increase learning gains in middle school.

“Understanding middle school performance trends, as well as what is working in other states, is key to implementing effective policies that will raise student achievement. 

"We are confident that the study's findings and recommendations will help policy makers, education leaders and teachers identify improvements to ensure Florida continues to make strides in preparing all students for success in school and in life. 

"We thank Governor Rick ScottSenator Kelli Stargel and Representative Colleen Burton for championing student success and working to ensure our education system is the best in the country.” 

Patricia Levesque, Foundation for Florida's Future Executive Director

Championed by Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Colleen Burton, the law requires the Department to produce a report on findings and recommendations to the Florida Legislature by December 2017.

In both reading and math, between 1998 and 2010, the performance of Florida’s 8thgraders on statewide assessments continued to improve. Student performance has remained relatively flat since 2010.

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