Duval School Board Sets 6 Major Goals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board reviewed the district's strategic plan Thursday, laying out what it hopes to achieve and how the school system is expected to achieve it.

Link:Read Duval County's Strategic Plan

"The Strategic Plan provides a clear set of measurable objectives that allows us to review our progress and determine where there are areas in need of improvement," Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said in a statement. "The strategic plan remains one of the most comprehensive and dynamic plans in the country."

The plan includes 65 objectives within six major goals:

  • Increase academic achievement for all students
  • Significantly increase the graduation rate
  • Employ the best teachers and principals
  • Establish safe, secure and respectful schools
  • Engage family and community support
  • Deliver high quality support for schools

Based on the data presented to the board, 77 percent of the objectives in last year's strategic plan were either achieved or improved from the previous year.

During a discussion board meeting Thursday, some School Board members questioned some of the goals.

Board member Betty Burney said that some of the district?s standards are set too low. Board Member Fel Lee said he thought that some of the goals were not attainable.

Pratt-Dannals said his biggest concern is the district reading levels. The reading proficiency in 2011 was 57 percent, compared to the state average of 70 percent. Proficiency is defined as scoring a 3 or higher on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.