2020-21 academic year

Statewide science scores in 5th and 8th grades dropped during the pandemic

BY: - August 3, 2021

Statewide science exams covering everything from earth and space science to physical science took a hit during the pandemic, with average passing rates lower than 50 percent for 5th and 8th graders. In 5th grade, 47 percent of students passed the state science exam in 2021, compared to 53 percent in 2019. (Florida didn’t administer […]

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Many FL schools already ditched mask policies as CDC updates COVID guidance; but is it the right decision?

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated teachers, students and staff would not need to wear masks this fall, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday mask update for K-12 schools. But “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC. That […]

How a drop in test takers during COVID could impact statewide 3rd grade reading scores in districts

BY: - June 29, 2021

In a tough testing season during the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands fewer 3rd graders took a crucial statewide reading exam compared to prior years. In fact, the number of test takers in public schools dropped by 18,398 kids in 67 districts, compared to 3rd graders who took the state reading exam in 2019. That’s a decline […]

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COVID’s sad milestone: More than 100,000 cases related to FL public and private K-12 schools since September

BY: - May 3, 2021

With the 2020-21 academic year nearly over, the state reached a troubling COVID milestone on the education front: More than 100,000 COVID-19 cases emerged in Florida’s public and private K-12 school system from early September to mid-April. To be exact, a Phoenix analysis of the most recent Department of Health data show at least 106,649 […]

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Florida is starting to understand where tens of thousands of ‘missing’ kids have gone

BY: - March 24, 2021

A huge drop in enrollment this academic year had school districts and lawmakers concerned about tens of thousands “missing” kids and where they all went during the COVID pandemic. But the puzzle pieces are coming together, as lawmakers work on Florida’s state budget this session. During a Senate appropriations subcommittee on education Wednesday, Sen. Doug […]

FL will have access to $4.7-billion in federal dollars for schools to help recover from COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - March 24, 2021

Last week, the Biden administration announced that billions would be going to the 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico to help reopen schools. The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan Act. In that announcement, Florida would receive more than $7 billion for efforts to reopen schools safely and help recover from the […]

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Tens of thousands of FL students are unaccounted for during the pandemic. Where are they?

BY: - January 29, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic upended schools in the 2019-20 academic year, student enrollment was expected to go down. In fact, across all districts, Florida’s 2020-21 school population has dropped by nearly 70,000 students compared to last school year, according to Florida Department of Education data. Now, educators and lawmakers are trying to figure out where […]

Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases related to FL K-12 schools in first week of spring semester

BY: - January 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, Florida’s K-12 schools resumed for the 2020-21 academic year while the COVID-19 pandemic continued. Students and teachers returned to their classrooms or logged in to online learning platforms. But in the week Florida students started the 2021 spring semester, 4,786 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health. The […]

Kids will have a long summer: Districts across FL are delaying school start dates for up to 3 weeks

BY: - July 24, 2020

In a televised appeal to families concerned about COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week that if districts want to delay the new school year for a few weeks, “Have at it.” And districts are doing just that. More than half of Florida school districts have delayed their first days of school for the 2020-21 […]