Center for Educational Performance & Accountability

About the Center

The Center for Educational Performance and Accountability 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.

Advisory Board


David Mann
SunTrust Bank

Ms. Mary Chance

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Chancellor Marshall Criser

Chancellor of the State University System

Mr. Steven L. Evans

IBM (Ret.)

Mr. Robert Haag

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

Ms. Viann Hardy

Maximus, Inc.

Ms. Kim Harris

JM Rubin Foundation

Mr. Charles Hokanson

Helios Foundation

Ms. Belinda Keiser

Keiser University

Mr. David Lawrence, Jr.

Early Childhood Initiative Foundation

Mr. Alan J. Levy

Great American Farms

Ms. Lisa Roy

State Farm Insurance Companies

Dr. Jeffrey Skowronek

The University of Tampa representing The Pepin Academies

Honorable Pam Stewart

Florida Commissioner of Education

Dr. Dhyana Ziegler

Florida A& M University

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Recent Center Research

2018 Education Leadership Roundtable Summary Report

07/2018 // In April 2018, TaxWatch convened a 90-minute education roundtable in Orlando to discuss ways to improve the overall quality of pre-K–12 education by improving the leadership qualities of our public school principals. Joining the nine current PLA-winning principals were three former PLA-winning principals, the Chair of the State Board of Education, one current and one former member of the Florida House of Representatives, and a number of business and community leaders from across the state.

Workforce Development in Florida: A Literature Review

05/2018 // Designing effective workforce development policy requires drawing on the wealth of knowledge provided by academic and scientific research; the purpose of this paper is to stitch the relevant literature together so as to develop a comprehensive approach to workforce development.

Examining the US DOE's Proposed Loan Repayment Rule

06/2017 // The Rule, which will take effect on July 1, 2017, permits the Department to discharge student loans, thereby relieving the student of any obligation to repay the loan. This report looks at the possible impact on Florida taxpayers.

Finding the True Cost of Public Education

03/2017 // Per-student spending is an easy-to-use measure by which taxpayers can evaluate public school spending and efficiency. This report finds a more accurate number for taxpayers to use.

Teen Trendsetters: Making a Difference for Florida's Youth

03/2017 // The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Teen Trendsetters program is one great example of a high-quality mentor initiative. This Florida TaxWatch fiscal and economic analysis quantifies the value of the increases in reading scores and positive social impacts of the program.

2015 How Florida Compares - Education

09/2015 // This annual publication takes a look at how Florida stacks up to the nation in terms of educational enrollment, outcomes, and investment.

Options for Reforming Class Size Limits

02/2015 // This report, the third in a series, outlines options to reform Florida's class size limits that have cost taxpayers more than $30 billion since voters approved them in a 2002 constitutional amendment.

Smaller Schools, Not Smaller Classes

12/2014 // While Florida's $30 billion investment in smaller class sizes has not resulted in increased achievement for public school students, smaller schools promise a variety of education-related benefits. This report shows a variety of positive outcomes stemming from smaller schools rather than smaller class sizes.

Budget Watch - FY2014-15 House and Senate Budget Comparison

04/2014 // 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

03/2014 // 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.

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