Message from Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart
Welcome, readers! It is truly an honor for me to serve as your Commissioner of Education.
Much of my adult life has focused on education. Whether serving as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, deputy superintendent, or Chancellor of Public Schools, I believe that every student has the right to a quality education.
During my 32 year career in Florida’s public school system, my driving force has been student success. Education is a fundamental component of our economy and we need to adapt constantly to meet the demands of our society. It is important that we continue to keep students motivated, ahead of the curve, and better prepared for college, career, and life.
As we transition to the Common Core State Standards, I am confident that Florida will continue to serve as a national leader in education reform. Our students, parents, educators, communities, and education stakeholders are essential to Florida’s success during this time. I am committed to communicating openly with educators and the public about education and accountability.
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Great things are on the horizon! Best wishes for a safe and productive school year
Literacy is the foundation of learning and Florida has done much more than set a standard for other states. We know it’s important to begin high-quality reading instruction in kindergarten and address the students’ needs early on. Our reading initiative recognizes that the underlying goal of a third-grade reading policy is to prevent the need to hold our kids back.
Florida is a shining example of what is possible when we work together for our students. To compete with the nation and the world, we are raising standards in our public schools. This means that tests will be tougher and classes will be harder, but our students must be well prepared for college, career, and life. Through challenging our students and supporting learning, we can help our kids achieve their dreams.
Every student learns differently. Our diverse learners need high-quality opportunities that will lead to successful careers. In this digital age, Florida is committed to providing options for our children through advanced placement, virtual classes, workforce development, and postsecondary education.