Florida’s Education Report Card 2015

FLORIDA’S EDUCATION REPORT CARD 2015

No matter our background or beliefs, we all want Florida students to have a high-quality education and to graduate equipped for success in life.

Once near the bottom of the pack on national assessments, Florida’s students are racing ahead, proving that all children can learn when given the right opportunity. Florida’s transformational improvements began 16 years ago with the A+ Plan for Education, and knowledge of this change is inspiring new optimism among parents about our schools. While Florida has made tremendous progress, we still have much to do.

Florida must continue working to implement existing education policies in a way that is thoughtful and in the best interest of students. This should include common-sense decisions to preserve and support school choices, transparency and accountability. These are the policies that – with the help of Florida’s hardworking teachers –have dramatically improved education in our state.

We are happy to report that Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session brought meaningful changes for education. While some issues were left unaddressed this session, we remain hopeful that lawmakers will continue working on behalf of Florida families.

Click the links below to learn more about the student-centered issues AFloridaPromise focused on this year.

How We Grade

Each year, Florida’s Education Report Card grades legislators on their efforts 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.

AFloridaPromise measures reforms based on seven core principles:

  • Data-Driven Accountability
  • Digital Learning
  • Effective Teachers and Leaders
  • Outcome-Based Funding
  • Rigorous Academic Standards
  • School Choice
  • Measuring what Matters

Methodology

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.)

View the student-centered policies that went into this year’s grading calculation.

Grading Scale

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

See how your lawmakers scored on Florida’s Education Report Card, and use these interactive maps to find the senators and representatives serving you.

Senate District Map

House District Map

Make Your Voice Heard

Elected officials cannot be in schools every day. You can play an active role in setting policies by communicating your concerns and ideas to these leaders. Florida’s leaders need to hear from you and your students about what is working, what is not working, and what your priorities are for education. Your personal story could be a powerful tool for change.

State Lawmakers Need to Hear from You

We elect senators and representatives to make decisions for our children and families. For those decisions to truly be the best for kids, we need our parents and teachers to communicate with lawmakers.

Connecting With Your Lawmaker

Find Your Lawmakers

See how your lawmakers scored on Florida’s 2015 Education Report Card, and use the interactive maps above to find the senators and representatives serving you.

Contact your AFloridaPromise team member for more tips, resources and the contact information for your state lawmakers.

Meet Your Senator or Representative

Legislators represent specific regions, so you should be able to meet yours close to home.

  • Access: Attend events your elected officials host or visit their offices. Introduce yourself, share your story and invite them to parent or teacher gatherings.
  • Focus: Have a clear reason for your conversation. Share what you would like to achieve and possible solutions for any problems you share.
  • Ask: Learn about your officials. Get to know your lawmakers as individuals.
  • Understand Their Views: Ask your lawmakers about their views on the issues that concern you.
  • Stay Connected: Follow up with your lawmakers, updating them on how your child or students are doing.

Write or Email

Writing to or emailing your lawmaker is best when you would like to express your support or address a certain issue.

  • Identify: Identify yourself as a constituent and provide a way for your lawmaker to contact you.
  • Personalize: Include personal stories of how education has impacted you or your family. Be concise while expressing your thoughts and concerns; keep the letter between one and one-and-a-half pages.
  • Include AFloridaPromise: Send a copy of your letter to your AFloridaPromise contact. They will be happy to look it over and help you further express your thoughts.
  • Thank: If your lawmaker has supported something you favor, thank him or her and give reasons why it’s important to continue supporting the issue.

View the 2015 Florida Education Report Card for the Florida House and Florida Senate from The Foundation for Florida’s Future.