Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Education System

State Board of Education

For assistance, call 850-245-0505 or visit https://www.fldoe.org/policy/state-board-of-edu/

What is the purpose of the State Board of Education?

In accordance with Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Florida, the State Board of Education is responsible for supervising the system of free public education as is provided by law.

What is the role of the State Board of Education?

The role of the State Board of Education is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress towards the goals of highest student achievement, seamless articulation and maximum access, skilled workforce and economic development, and quality efficient services.

The State Board of Education appoints the Commissioner of Education, who serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Education.  In accordance with ss. 1001.10 and 1001.11, Florida Statutes, the commissioner serves as the chief educational officer of the state and is responsible for giving full assistance to the State Board of Education.  The commissioner's office is responsible for operating all statewide functions necessary to support the State Board of Education, including strategic planning and budget development, general administration, assessment, and accountability.

What is the composition of the State Board of Education?

The State Board of Education is a citizen board consisting of seven state residents appointed by the Governor to staggered four-year terms, subject to confirmation by the Senate.  State board members serve without compensation but are entitled to reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses in accordance with s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. Members may be reappointed by the Governor for additional terms not to exceed eight years of consecutive service.

What are the powers of the State Board of Education?

The State Board of Education is the chief implementing and coordinating body of public education in Florida, except for the State University System. The board's primary focus is on high-level policy decisions. It has the authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss120.536(1) and 120.54, Florida Statutes,and to implement the provisions of law for the improvement of the state system of public education, except for the State University System. The board may delegate its general powers to the Commissioner of Education or the directors of the divisions of the department.

Some of the specific powers of the State Board of Education include adopting and periodically reviewing and revising the Florida Standards, classifying school services, designating certification subject areas, and establishing competencies and certification requirements for all school-based personnel. A complete list of the board's specific powers is outlined in s. 1001.03, Florida Statutes.

What activities are funded through the State Board of Education?

In addition to supporting the activities of the board and its members, funds appropriated for the State Board of Education support agency-wide executive direction and support services, including fiscal and budget activities, personnel administration, grant management, and contractual services for the department's divisions.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SALARY RATE
POSITIONS
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
EXPENSES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GRANTS AND DONATIONS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CONTRACTED SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GRANTS AND DONATIONS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS EMERGENCY RELIEF (ESSER) FUND-STATE AGENCY-TEACHER-PRINCIPAL RELIEF PYMT
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AND RELIEF SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 (CRRSAA)
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT - NEW WORLDS READING INITIATIVE
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
NORTHWEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER (NWRDC)
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
TOTAL
231,360,588
444,528,570

Updates

Additional State Board of Education Responsibilities. Chapter 2022-154, Laws of Florida, relates to education funding. Among its provisions, the new law gave the State Board of Education additional responsibilities regarding virtual instruction programs, teacher preparation programs, and the school accountability system.  

Virtual Instruction Programs. The law modifies provisions related to virtual instruction programs (VIP) and authorizes an approved VIP provider to enroll students residing in the school district executing the contract with the provider as well as students in other school districts throughout the state pursuant to the controlled open enrollment requirements. The State Board of Education will have responsibility for approving VIP providers, which will operate under their own Master School Identification Number as prescribed by the Department of Education.

Teacher Preparation Programs. The law revises the uniform core curricula for teacher preparation programs to include strategies that support evidence-based, standards-aligned content and grading practices. The State Board of Education is authorized to weight certain evaluation criteria and approve programs based on national accreditation. The law requires the board to adopt criteria for streamlining evaluations for small programs. Beginning with candidates entering a program in the 2023-24 school year, candidates in a traditional preparation program complete 60 hours of field experience before participating in a culminating field experience and candidates in an educator preparation institute complete a period of field experience as determined by State Board of Education rule before becoming the teacher of record. 

School Accountability. The law codifies current practice that requires a school that initially receives a grade of “D” to begin implementing intervention and support strategies authorized in State Board of Education rule. The new law provides

  • any school receiving an initial grade of “F” or two consecutive grades of “D” must continue to initiate the school improvement turnaround process, but may submit a turnaround plan prior to earning a second consecutive grade of “D”; 
  • school district flexibility in implementing an external operator turnaround option by specifying services that may be contracted, including the option to contract with a charter school network as the external turnaround contractor; and 
  • a school district and an outside entity that enter in a performance-based contract must establish the contract for a minimum of two years. 

The law also requires the State Board of Education to annually review the school grading scale and to adjust the grading scale when more than 75% of schools of a school type (i.e. elementary, middle, high, or combination schools) receive a grade of “A” or “B.” The adjustment must raise the minimum number of percentage points required for each grade to the next closest number ending in 5 or 0. Annual adjustments must be suspended upon the achievement upon a grading scale for each school type as specified in the act. 

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's State University System, Report 20-SUSFACI, February 2020
Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's College System, Report 20-FCSFACI, June 2020

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on the operations of the Department of Education are available on its website.
Framework for the State Board of Education's Strategic Plan, Florida Department of Education, April 2018.
Websites of Interest
Florida State Board of Education Members
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule and Archives
State Board Rules Under Review
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Article IX, Sections 2 and 8(d), Constitution of the State of Florida, and Chapter 1001 Part I A, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Commissioner, Department of Education, 850-245-0505, email: Commissioner@fldoe.org

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