Our nation’s failure to educate students leaves many unprepared for the challenges they will face after high school. This failure threatens the country’s ability to thrive in a global economy.
High quality, aligned college and career pathways can empower students to learn authenticated in-demand skill sets that prepare them for growing mid- and high-wage careers. These pathways can prepare students for the careers of the future while ensuring quality, value, equity and access for all students.
College acceleration opportunities—including Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual enrollment, early college high schools and International Baccalaureate (IB)—can help high school students prepare for college-level work while they earn valuable college credit or work toward a postsecondary credential.
In 2000, few students were taking rigorous courses like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB), especially minority and low-income students. In addition, very few students were taking the PSAT/PLAN in low-performing schools. To address this, Florida:
Career and technical education (CTE) is emerging as a priority across the nation. Parents, businesses and state leaders understand the importance of creating high-quality education options today to prepare students for rewarding careers tomorrow.
CTE offers students the opportunity to develop a strong academic foundation and valuable, real-world technical skills while they are still in high school. Students in quality CTE programs can earn valuable industry certifications and college credits while participating in internships and on-the-job training. These programs jump start students on a path to higher living wages and upward mobility.
“Florida’s state career and technical education plan is among the strongest we have reviewed from across the nation. It ensures that federal funding for career and technical education supports the state’s goal of having the premier workforce education system in the country, and it makes explicit connections to the strong foundations Florida’s districts have established through long-standing commitment to dual enrollment and industry-recognized credentials.”
“The A+ plan didn’t tweak a broken education system. It overhauled it by giving lower-income families the chance to choose the right school for their child, simplifying accountability for schools with a simple A-F grade, and providing incentives to increase graduation and AP participation and pass rates.”
“As a parent and a lawmaker, I am passionate about supporting policies that set children on a path for lifelong success. Making sure each and every child has access to advanced courses and industry certifications is an important way we prepare students to excel in college and in their future careers. Florida is a national leader in expanding Advanced Placement and dual enrollment course access, which saves our Florida families millions of dollars in college tuition and narrows achievement gaps between groups of students.”
Access to a high-quality education no longer needs to depend on location. Course Access uses technology and innovative policy to offer a catalog of courses to students statewide. Families can select the best courses for their children from an online catalog of in-person, online and blended learning courses.
Florida is a nationally-recognized leader in K-12 virtual education. The Florida Online Course Catalog includes information about the 21,000 online courses offered by district virtual schools, department approved providers and Florida Virtual School – the largest state virtual school in the nation.
Florida’s online education programs provide high quality instruction and curriculum, meeting national and state standards. The programs must also meet the state’s accountability standards for academic achievement. Visit the Florida Department of Education’s Virtual Education Statistics for additional information.