In business, data is extremely important to making effective decisions of all kinds and increase growth. Data with both good and bad numbers are vital to identify what is working and what is not. In the past, the Superintendents of Schools in Sarasota after Lori White retired in 2017 would primarily focus on the good data, breeze through the bad data and not really acknowledge problems, let alone develop solutions.
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Contained within University of Florida, there is a department focused on Florida housing called The Shimberg Center for Housing. According to their website, they “work in close partnership with Florida Housing Finance Corporation to provide data and analysis to guide Florida’s affordable housing efforts.” This center has research, publications, a data clearinghouse and the Flood Hazard + Housing Information Network for Florida Coastal Communities
The Argus Foundation over the last two months has taken Florida Department of Education data from the end of year assessment scores to compare Sarasota County Schools, and schools within the district, in English and in math. This month we are going to cover science and social studies.
The Argus Foundation last month began to publish scores from the Florida Department of Education comparing the Sarasota School District to the state average and other districts and also comparing our schools within the district. We began with English Language Arts and from there, we compared the data sets for math.