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Millennials in the Teaching Profession

The teaching profession has largely lost its appeal to the millennial generation, with declining enrollment at colleges of education across the country. A JPEF one-pager offers three recommendations to reverse this trend.

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2018 Duval County Teachers of the Year: Their Unique Perspective on Teacher Quality

What is a high-quality teacher? The Jacksonville Public Education Fund surveyed Duval County school-level Teachers of the Year to learn how they define a high-quality teacher. Three key themes emerged—a high-quality teacher should be able to (1) understand the individual needs of their students, (2) build strong relationships with students and their families and (3) drive positive academic results.

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How Is Teacher Quality Measured?

In Duval County public schools, teachers are evaluated through the "value-added model," which aims to measure the impact a teacher has on student achievement. Based on research from around the country, JPEF recommends three improvements to this approach, including adding student and parent feedback into the mix.

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Annual poll shows big support for increase in teacher salary, growth in uncertainty during transition

Duval County residents support significant increases in teacher salary but are uncertain about who is making the decisions at the district level, according to results of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s annual Public Education Perceptions Poll.

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New research paper looks at the vital role of the superintendency in today's context

Improving outcomes for Duval’s public school students means a brighter and more vibrant future for our city. And a strong leader for our public school system is a vital component of that. 

This Issue Review examines the last Duval superintendent search conducted in 2012 and also explores some best practices employed across the U.S. that could help the Duval County School Board as they work to appoint a successor. 

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New poll shows high community and parent confidence in public school teachers

The 2016-2017 Public Education Perceptions Poll is out today! What did we learn? Keep reading to find out and see how you can explore all of the data online.

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New research paper looks at racial and economic integration in public schools

On the heels of the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and with so much in the news lately about racial and economic diversity in public schools, we wondered: How diverse are public schools in Duval County?

This Issue Review looks at the data and explores some possible implications for Duval County, especially with new school choice legislation that is likely to begin having an impact on local schools over the next several years.

Keep reading to download the full report and explore interactive maps with data on every public school in our city.

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2015 Public Education Perceptions Poll: Most Duval County residents unaware of improvements to the graduation rate

undefinedDuval County residents are on average four years behind when it comes to perceptions of the graduation rate, according to results of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s annual Public Education Perceptions Poll.

A new question this year asked poll respondents what they thought the current Duval County high school graduation rate was, and the average response was 61 percent. Duval’s graduation rate is currently 74 percent. It was 63 percent in 2011.

Keep reading to learn more and see full poll results.

 

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2014 Public Education Perceptions Poll: Strong support for standards, but confusion about accountability

PropertyTaxOur new public opinion poll shows that Duval County residents support a broad range of current and potential initiatives to improve public education, and the district's leadership team continues to earn confidence in the community.

Keep reading to download the poll and see interactive visualizations of the results.

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inBRIEF Issue 7: School Choice

PB7Cover ThumbnailThe landscape of school choice options in public education has been expanding faster than ever. With this expansion has come an unprecedented array of decisions for parents and caregivers to navigate in determining the best type of school for their children.

A new policy brief by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund examines the complex system of school choice in Duval County, and how parents find their way through it.

Join us for the release of Complex Choices: How Parents Navigate School Options in Duval County  -- keep reading to download the report and register for a live webinar!

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