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Florida Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Florida Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

While school may be out for summer, and many students have turned their thoughts to summer reading or vacations, planning for the upcoming school year is top of mind for district and school administrators. To support you in that process, we've curated a list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the FLDOE and the Florida ESSA plan.

To kick things off, let’s review the specific indicators used for school and district accountability in the state of Florida. The elements included and the weighting that has been assigned can both help confirm and guide your program focus.

Goal: Boost Academic Achievement and Growth

Florida’s long-term goals for academic achievement in ELA and Mathematics include both a goal to increase achievement overall and a goal to close the achievement gap in each subject area, working together to improve outcomes for all students. As you consider your approach to supporting students, utilize the following guides to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. The planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. Florida’s state-wide reading initiative, Just Read, Florida! works to establish reading as a core value of the state, and aims to help all Florida children read at or above grade level. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach as you guide your students towards reading proficiency. 

Goal: Drive English–Language Learning Proficiency

Florida's ultimate goal is to transition ELLs to full English proficiency in as few years as possible, starting by increasing the percentage of ELLs who make progress in achieving English language proficiency in five or fewer years. To ensure that this population of learners meets WIDA-recommended annual growth targets on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® assessments, planning is essential. The following tools provide strategies for helping all students achieve growth, as well as for meeting the needs of special student populations.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support English Language Learners, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.

Supporting Florida ELLs with WIDA-Correlated Programs
Learn more about ELL requirements in Florida and discover proven programs that have received WIDA PRIME V2 Correlations following rigorous independent reviews.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Goal: Support Graduation Rates

Florida’s ESSA plan set the long-term goal for the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is to increase the graduation rate by 7.1 percentage points from 2014-2015 to 2019-2020, which would raise the rate to 85 percent. Florida has also set a goal to reduce the graduation gap among subgroups by one-third. Ensure your school has the right tools and programs in place to support all learners so that all students can see a path toward graduation.

Achieving Florida Graduation Success
Florida is one of at least seven states that allows students to choose from two or more curricular pathways as they work to earn their high school diploma—with varying credit requirements within each pathway. Is your district or school equipped with the tools to offer students these different options?

CTE Planning Workbook

CTE programs have been shown to increase engagement and improve outcomes for enrolled students. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program or utilize it as a guide to augment your current one.

Credit Recovery Worksheet

Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, or ACT® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

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McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.