Orange County Schools closer to $1 million prize

Site visit finds excellent education performance level

ORLANDO,Fla. - Orange County Public Schools' push to boost the education performance levels for students across the board is moving the district closer to a $1-million Broad Prize.

The Broad Prize is awarded each year to recognize urban school districts that demonstrate the "greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students."

In a press release issued Wednesday, OCPS reported that the RMC Research Corp. on behalf of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation found a clear majority of excellent practices in Orange County and some that are already exemplary.

The report cited the Orange County School Board's performance, the superintendent's leadership, the district's well articulated strategic plan, its financial resources, and its human resources.

The diagnostic site visit took place in January 2013.

"I have actually served on a site review team for the Broad Prize so I welcome this feedback. It indicates how close we are to reaching national prominence and confirms the strength of our efforts in Governance, Strategic Planning, and Business Operations," Superintendent and Broad Fellow Barbara M. Jenkins said.

Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette was pleased as well saying, "Finally, we can see that we are on the right track, that we have the right pieces in place, and that we have the community's support to take this district to the next level. Our challenge now is to close the achievement gaps and provide consistency in our instruction throughout all of our schools."

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