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Clearwater, Florida -- Florida's top educators are in Clearwater for the Governor's three-day Education Accountability Summit.

The governor called the panel to discuss the state's accountability system.

The four topics that summit members will discuss are:

  1. State Standards. Continuing to raise the bar on education standards, by including an emphasis on critical and analytical thinking, to drive continued improvement by Florida students;
  2. State Standard Assessments. Ensuring the assessment that replaces the FCAT will accurately measure the more challenging standards that will be taught to our students, provides meaningful performance information to our students, is cost effective, results are timely provided and we do not unnecessarily become intertwined with the federal government.
  3. School Grades. Improving our education accountability system to further ensure transparency and fairness while providing meaningful and useful information to our parents and educators about how our students and schools are performing; and
  4. Teacher Evaluations. Understanding how our teachers are evaluated, ensuring transparency throughout the process and using a fair system to identify, recognize and reward our highly performing teachers.

The summit will provide new perspectives and ideas when Senate Education committees begin meeting next month.The Summit's agenda, a list of attendees, copies of presentations and a live webcast are all available at www.fldoe.org.

All Floridians can submit ideas and comments to educationsummit@fldoe.org and will be shared with attendees.

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