Report Card 2017

Florida’s Education Report Card recognizes the legislative champions who took bold action to pass student-centered legislation aimed at improving the lives and educational outcomes of Florida students and their families.

This year, Sunshine State lawmakers made significant advances in education by:

  • Giving teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.
  • Expanding access to a customized education for students with special needs.
  • Providing additional options and resources for students attending low-performing schools.
  • Removing barriers to virtual education for all Florida K-12 students.
  • Lifting caps on bonuses for teachers who successfully teach Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education and industry certification courses.
  • Authorizing a study of what successful states have done to improve student achievement in middle grades.

What Grade Did Your Lawmaker Earn?

Each year, Florida’s Education Report Card grades legislators on their actions to improve the quality of education in the Sunshine State. By grading lawmakers on a scale of A-F, just like students and schools, Florida’s Education Report Card gives the public a clear and comprehensive assessment of who is keeping the promise of a quality education in the Sunshine State.

Grades are based on legislators’ voting records and demonstrations of leadership. House and Senate voting records are calculated in a ratio of favorable votes cast for student-centered policies out of the total opportunities to vote on those policies. (Example: A lawmaker who supported 7 out of 10 student-centered policies would earn a raw score of 70 percent.)

Grading Scale

  • A+: 101 or higher
  • A: 90 – 100
  • B: 80 – 89
  • C: 70 – 79
  • D: 60 – 69
  • F: 59 or lower

Make Your Voice Heard

Now that you know how your lawmakers scored on Florida’s 2017 Education Report Card, find the senators and representatives serving you, and thank them for championing student success.

Contact the Foundation for Florida’s Future for additional tips and resources.



View Florida Education Report Cards from past years: