The focus of Know Your Florida School is unpacking the Florida Department of Education’s annual Florida School Grades data to provide you and your community with important and actionable information about schools. All of the data you see on Know Your Florida School is from the reports and information publicly provided by DOE’s Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement. Schools and school districts collect this information and provide it to the state throughout the year.
The majority of data currently available comes from DOE’s 2015-16 School Grades report found on schoolgrades.fldoe.org. The data is loaded directly from DOE reports into an API database maintained by Jacksonville Public Education Fund. No calculations have been performed on the data that powers Know Your Florida School.
Know Your Florida School will be expanding over the next year to include additional data and functionality. Sign up to receive updates when new features are made available.
Understanding School Grades
School grades provide a clear way for the State of Florida to measure school performance.
Led by ExcelinEd, Know Your Florida School is a result of a close partnership with Collaborative Communications Group, Social Driver and Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JaxPEF) with input and support from numerous stakeholders, partners and most importantly, parents.
Collaborative Communications Group and Social Driver are the winning design team from ExcelinEd’s 2015 My School Information Design Challenge to bring creative ideas to improving school report cards and information.
JaxPEF is a Florida nonprofit that uses research to support high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. They have been providing the greater Jacksonville community with easy access to information about their local schools since 2012 via School Facts Jax. In addition to providing valuable insight on parent and community use of school information, JaxPEF maintains the API database with the raw data that powers Know Your Florida School. For questions about the API contact JaxPEF at JaxPEF.org.
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Know Your School Project
Parents expect a cutting-edge and user-friendly school report card tool, and ExcelinEd’s Know Your School Project is here to help states make that a reality.
Know Your Florida School is the live prototype for Know Your School, the national project promoting the transparency of school performance data. Together, the two serve as an innovative resource for states across the nation by exemplifying best practices and strategies for making school information and data understandable and useful for parents and community members.
The Know Your School Project shares detailed documentation of the processes and challenges associated with the data, technology, content and engagement with stakeholders that are essential to such an endeavor. All resources, as well as the open source code used to build Know Your Florida School, are freely available to other states to use as they build their own 21st century school accountability report cards.