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Newly released 2016-2017 FSA Scores shows Duval continues to improve

Yesterday, the 2016-2017 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores were released. The results show Duval County students continue to improve in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, keeping pace with increases across the state.

What makes a positive school culture?

Assuring that all children are educated in a positive school environment, giving them the best chance to succeed in life, should be our top priority. So what makes for a positive school environment?

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.

Community Activation: How partnerships between children and adults in the community can create brighter future

We have a shared responsibility to ensure that all of its children have the opportunity to attend high-quality public schools so that they are prepared to contribute to the city’s economic future. The road to achievement is a two-way street—there are both adults and students who can and should be educating each other and working alongside each other to create a continuous improvement feedback loop.

Behind the Scenes: What’s being done to address student mental health

Jacksonville residents and leaders are recognizing that we all have a shared duty to ensure that all of our city’s children have the opportunity to learn and develop. Mental health has come front stage as an important factor that impacts educational outcomes for students. Find out what's being done behind the scenes to help increase access to mental health services. 

Jax Shines initiative gains momentum and national recognition

The Jax Shines Coalition for Afterschool and Summer Learning continues to gain momentum and national recognition. The Jax Shines report was featured on the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), just months after White House officials announced they would be partnering with NSLA and other organizations to launch the Summer Opportunity Project. 

Student feedback adds invaluable insights to afterschool program evaluation

I had the opportunity to attend a webinar given by the Tamarack Institute where Karen Pittman, the co-founder, president and CEO of Forum on Youth Investment, was interviewed about afterschool and summer learning. Pittman’s key message from that revelation was to always include the student’s voice, because they provide insight in ways that adults or other outsiders would not have. The student voice is both important and underutilized.

2016 school grades released: Be in the know about how they're calculated


The controversial “baseline” school grades for 2015 were released based on the new FSA test despite computer malfunctions, the omission of learning gains, and the vehement opposition from Florida’s Superintendents and others. This year, however, the State seems to have addressed the concerns that were raised from last year and have released school grades, that we are considering as true baseline grades. Here’s the scoop on how school grades are now calculated. (Image source: Florida Department of Education)

Youth Risk Behavior Survey results: What you need to know

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a sobering reminder that our children are more than just students—they are people in society facing many of the same challenges that adults face. In April, the results of the 2015 YRBS were released. We have taken the time to analyze those results, and here are some of the highlights.

Student Researchers: A Glimpse at PhotoVoice

Imagine the kinds of influence we could have and/or the cases that we could make if those of us in education were to turn a camera over to a student in a school in the urban core of Duval County and ask them to show us what makes learning difficult for them. What kind of things do you think we would see?