Center for
Educational Performance & Accountability

About the Center

The Center for Educational Performance and Accountability (CEPA) addresses the profound fiscal and economic impact that PreK-20 education has on Florida ́s future, and makes recommendations to improve both the quality and cost-effectiveness of this essential public service. The Center advocates sound education policy that promotes high academic achievement and reliable assessment tools, maximizes the return on taxpayer investment, and helps foster a more competitive Florida. 




Recent Center Research
FY2014-15 House and Senate Budget Comparison



4/2014  This BudgetWatch report compares the FY2014-15 House and Senate budgets in each spending area, and shows the change versus the current fiscal year.


Commercializing Florida's Public Research



3/2014  Florida's universities and research institutes are creating of some of the states most advanced technologies, but one Florida Institute is helping to bring them to the masses. The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, highlighted in this Economic Commentary, invests in developing companies using the latest products and processes invented at Florida's publicly-funded universities and research institutes.


Taking a Fresh Look at Florida's Class Size Limits



3/2014  Since voters approved a 2002 Constitutional Amendment to reduce class sizes, taxpayers have spent more than $27 billion (including capital facilties and operating costs) to comply with the law, despite research that shows smaller class sizes do not result in higher achievement levels for students in grades 4-12. According to this report, changing the calculations for determining class size restrictions would better serve students and could save taxpayers $10 billion over ten years.


Economic Impact Evaluation of a Proposed Honeybee Research and Extension Laboratory in Florida



3/2014  A new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida. The proposed facility, to be established at the University of Florida, would attract research revenue as well as help recruit and retain top researchers and students.


Florida's University Research Parks



2/2014  Florida's nine university research parks help create high-wage jobs, diversify the state economy and ensure Florida retains top graduates, according to this month's Economic Commentary. The report highlights the importance of Florida's research parks to the creation and sustainability of STEM jobs in the state.


Budget Watch - Governor's Proposed Budget - FY2014-15



1/2014  Highlights from Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget plan for FY 2014-15 are featured in this Budget Watch Report. The $74.20 billion spending plan is slightly lower than current year spending, even as lawmakers are expected to have their first budget surplus in many years.


Ideas in Action: On Common Core



10/2013  This Ideas in Action piece features opinion-editorials published by the Tallahassee Democrat in October 2013. They are republished here with permission from the authors.


Selecting the Assessments for Florida's New Education Standards



10/2013  Florida's new education assessment should measure students content mastery and compare their achievement to students outside of the state, according to this Briefing. An effective assessment requires student comparison, field testing and alignment with the new standards, which call for students to master content at a deeper level and apply their comprehension skills.


Florida Boys & Girls Clubs: An Analysis of Educational, Juvenile Justice, and Economic Outcomes



9/2013  Florida Boys and Girls Clubs (FBGC) participants demonstrate significant differences in educational and juvenile justice outcomes versus similar peers who do not take advantage of the FBGC programs, according to this Special Report.


The Importance of Teacher Preparation to Student Achievement



9/2013  Within Florida's new educational standards, students will be expected to understand and apply rigorous English language arts and mathematics content at a much deeper level, to reflect on what they are learning, to defend or depart from conclusions, and to collaborate with other students in their learning process. For students to be successful, teachers must be afforded time with their colleagues to develop the same skills for their instructional practices.


Implementing the CCSS: The Importance of Getting it Right



6/2013  The first in a developing series about Florida's implementation of the Common Core State Standards, this Briefing gives background on the CCSS, and makes the case that in order for Florida to be an educational leader and provide the workforce talent to strengthen and transform our economy, Floridians from every sector must commit to support our students and teachers in unprecedented changes in teaching and learning.


Preeminence Designation for Florida's Universities



5/2013  The 2013 Florida Legislature, with support from the Governor, passed landmark legislation that established the criteria by which the state can declare preeminent institutions of higher education within Florida’s State University System. Achieving the benchmarks required for preeminence will ensure that Florida public universities rank among the highest in the nation.


Focusing on Outcomes in Florida's Early Learning Programs



4/2013  This Session Spotlight focuses on legislation that adds structure and accountability to the states early learning programs and the Department of Education.


Session Spotlight: Proposed Changes to High School Graduation Requirements



4/2013  This Session Spotlight looks at the three pathways being debated in the proposed legislation, and how each track can help students achieve their goals through targeted coursework. The Spotlight also points out that both bills could be strengthened through increased attention to more rigorous English Language Arts assessments and professional training for teachers.


Aligning Postsecondary Education with Modern Employment Needs in Florida



2/2013  To address the steps that Florida has taken and should continue to take to match our graduates to the industries that need a workforce with skill-specific education, this Briefing looks at two aspects of the issue: how the right degree can make a difference in lifetime earning potential, and how Florida’s Supply and Demand Portal can help students and employers achieve their goals.


Government Cost Savings Task Force Report for FY2013-14



1/2013  Continuing a legacy that has resulted in the savings of at least $3.5 billion in Floridians' hard-earned tax dollars over the last four years alone, Florida TaxWatch added more than $1 billion in cost-saving options for lawmakers this year, with the release of this Report. This year's Report is the fifth in as many years from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog headquartered in Tallahassee.


Accountability is Essential



7/2012  Florida must continue to embrace and refine its system of accountability in public education in order to maintain the significant gains that have been made for all students, according to “Accountability is Essential,” a new Briefing from the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability (CEPA).


How Charter School Funding Compares



2/2012  "This Research Report looks at the disparities in funding levels between charter and traditional public schools, and offers suggestions on how to let the money follow the student."


Economic Commentary: Florida's Universities and Technology Transfer



9/2011  "From Gatorade to the chemotherapy drug Taxol, some of the nation's most recognizable inventions are from Florida's University system. This report shows how the process works and which universities account for the most inventions. "


Ideas in Action: Increasing the Quality of VPK



8/2011  "This report, written independently of Florida TaxWatch, defines the necessity of improving the state's voluntary pre-K program. Weaknesses in the current programs are scrutinized and solutions are proposed. "


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Center Advisory Board

  CHAIRMAN

David Mann
SunTrust North Florida

Ms. Kathy Adams
Nonprofits First

Mr. Brewser Brown
SKB Consulting

Dr. Elaine W. Bryant
E.W. Bryant Associates

Ms. Stacy Carlson
Helios Education Foundation

Ms. Mary Chance
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Dr. Paul Cottle
Florida State University

Mr. Brian Cunningham
J Strategies

Mr. Steven L. Evans
IBM (Ret.)

Ms. Erin Fields
IBM

Dr. Frank Fuller
Senate President's Office

Mr. J. Charles Gray
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Mr. Robert Haag
Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

Ms. Viann Hardy
Maximus, Inc.

Mr. Michael A. Jennings
Prudential

Dr. Laura Lang
Florida State University

Mr. David Lawrence, Jr.
Early Childhood Initiative Foundation

Mr. Alan J. Levy
Great American Farms

Honorable William J. Montford
Florida State Senator & CEO, Florida Association of District School Superintendents

Ms. Susan Pareigis
The Florida Council of 100

Ms. Sherry Plymale
Florida Atlantic University

Honorable William "Bill" Proctor
Florida House of Representatives & Chancellor, Flagler College

Ms. Lisa Roy
State Farm Insurance Companies

Ms. Crisha Scolaro
The Pepin Academies, Inc.

Ms. Lyn Stanfield
Apple, Inc.

Honorable Pam Stewart
Florida Commissioner of Education

Honorable Stephen Wise
Florida State Senator

Dr. Dhyana Ziegler
Florida A& M University

Mr. John B. Zumwalt, III
thezumwaltcompany

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