1 December Florida Launches New Website to Assist with School Comparisons December 1, 2016 By Laura Pavlus General, News education, workforce development 0 Florida parents searching for a school for their child can use a new state website that aims to make comparing campuses and finding "the best educational match" easier. The Florida Department of Education launched the online resources - Florida Students Achieve.org this week. It allows users to compare schools by grade, student performance on state tests and graduation rates, among other measures. It also provides information on Florida's academic standards, the benchmarks for what students should learn in each class and grade, and highlights "school choice" options available to families. Most of the information was on the education department's website previously, but the new site packages it in a more user-friendly way. Read full article by Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel here The website was launched as Florida school districts work to comply with a new state law that will allow parents to choose any public school, one outside their attendance zone, city or even school district for their child, as long as it has room. "Florida gives parents the power of choice," it says. "While the school around the corner may be a great school for many kids, if for any reason it is not a great school for your child, you have many places to look for the best educational match." State officials say the new law continues Florida's effort to give parents more options outside traditional public schools. Options such as charter schools, magnet programs and virtual education already mean about 25 percent of the state's public school students attend a school that is not the one they were assigned to based on attendance zones. The new law, which kicks in in August, has Central Florida educators worried, however, as they say most of their campuses have little room to take in more students. They also fear wide-open transfers will make it hard to plan for future growth and will dilute the value of local school taxes. But the new website could aid parents trying to use those transfers, as it allows them to search, by zip code, city or school district, for schools and then compare in a series of colorful bar charts. Learn more about education in Clay here Related Manufacturers Join Governor’s Campaign to Save Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida JACKSONVILLE – In order to protect future jobs and to continue bolstering local economies through the recruitment of manufacturing, the First Coast Manufacturers Association has joined Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign to prevent the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida by the Florida Legislature. Entrepreneur with Clay County Ties Forms Deal with Visit Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE – A former Fleming Island entrepreneur has formed a new partnership with Jacksonville’s tourism agency. Zachary Schwartz’s mobile app intoGo is now the official app for Visit Jacksonville, the agency that helps welcome more than 20 million visitors each year to Jacksonville and the region. Clay County School District Ranks 8th Best in Florida The 2017 Niche survey for best schools determined Clay County School District ranks 8th best in the state of Florida. Clay County Business Owner, Amy Pope-Wells, Participates in Roundtable with President Trump Amy Pope-Wells, successful Clay County business owner of Link Staffing and Tira Diva, joins women small business owners at a roundtable with President Trump and Vice President Pence. Florida Ties with Georgia for Private Sector Job Growth Florida last year added 233,800 new private-sector jobs, the second-most positions of any state in the nation, Gov. Rick Scott announced. Clay County Schools One Point Away from "A" District Letter Grade The Clay County School District was one point away from being named an “A” District in recent scores released last week by the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.