The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that the State of Florida has been selected as one of six states to participate in their differentiated accountability pilot program. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) took part in a state-wide, bipartisan effort to urge the Department to select Florida. Today he made the following statement:
"It is critical that we focus on improving our schools and ensuring that every student in our state receives a quality education and achieves academic success," said Diaz-Balart. "By participating in this program Florida schools struggling to meet standards will benefit from comprehensive reforms and specialized assistance."
Florida is one of six states selected from a group of 17, which will take part in this important pilot program designed by the U.S. Department of Education to make improvements to already existing progress measures. For the 2007-2008 school year, 69% of Florida's schools were identified as schools in need of improvements. The program focuses on helping schools to make necessary changes to meet annual yearly progress.