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Sustainability and Education

Orange County has built an outstanding education environment for our children, college students, and adults of all ages. Access to high quality education and lifelong learning provides people with opportunities to develop their social, intellectual, economic, cultural and physical potential.

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Progress on our goals & strategies

Goal 26: Children Enter School Ready To Learn

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Establish a Children's Services Council (CSC) to administer programs funded by a special assessment Long Staff discussions in progress.
2. Develop a parent engagement strategy Medium Head Start offers monthly parent meetings and opportunities for involvement as well as an annual parent training institute offering a variety of engagement topics.
3. Promote Healthy Families Orange, Nurse-Family Partnerships, and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs Medium Head Start and Neighborhood Centers continue to promote well family care though connections with medical professionals and mental health counselors.
Table legend: Short time frame: 0 to 2 years, Medium time frame: 2 to 5 years, Long time frame: 5 years or more.

Goal 27: Learners Value The Environment

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Enhance student science curriculum by bringing in living laboratories and setting up gardens in schools Long UF/IFAS extension partners with OCPS to set up school gardens and teach nutrition. OCPS encourages but does not require this as part of science curriculum. Master Gardener volunteers help with 17 Head Start school gardens.
2. Promote field trips and hands-on activities that enhance student appreciation for the environment Medium Coordination between Orange County Parks and OCPS for field trips to Tibet-Butler Preserve increased participation by 86%. OCPS also promoted field trips to Orlando Science Center in newsletter. Parks advertises family events to all households.
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Goal 28: Schools Embrace Stem/Steam

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Engage students in math and science from a play and project-based perspective Long The Hockey Scholar program utilizes STEM activities to work with students on Math and Science concepts in Grades 4 and 5. Twelve, 15-30 minute modules that model the scientific method.
2. Identify partners for immersive learning before high school Long Partnership between OCPS and Universal Studios allows 8th grade students exposure to careers in arts and entertainment field. Funding is also available for Elementary and Middle school field trips to Orlando Science Center for STEM/STEAM programs.
3. Engage industry clusters of STEAM professionals in creating student learning experiences Long Through the Florida Simulation Summit, we have engaged Orlando Tech and UCF to have students attend and participate.
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Goal 29: Students Graduate Prepared For Life

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Increase funding and support for nurse, counseling, and mental health services in schools Long Part of the OCPS '12-'13 philanthropic strategic plan is to ensure a licensed nurse in every school to reduce absenteeism, improve student performance, and support student health. Implementation has started.
2. Provide internship and mentorship programs early on Long Some partnerships for additional education, certification and job placement have been formed. EPD has created a successful internship program over the last 5 years that has mentored 82 volunteer interns. More than 20% have gone on to secure employment with Orange County. There are also opportunities for high school interns.
3. Evaluate previously successful programs for potential restoration and funding Medium Programs are regularly reviewed. No new progress to report.
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Goal 30: Quality Learning Opportunities Are Available For All Ages

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Create opportunities for sustainability education, green job training, and retraining for occupations of the future Long Exploring grants through Sustainable Communities Grant Fund for green job training.
2. Strengthen ties with colleges and universities Medium Guest lecturer series at universities on sustainable design & planning by County Planners.
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Goal 31: Schools Are Community Centers

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Reinforce and standardize community school model Long No change in this reporting period.
2. Locate schools in central community locations with compatible design Medium School siting ordinance developed.
3. Use schools as joint-use facilities Long No change in this reporting period.
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Goal 32: Schools Operate Sustainably

Number Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Locate and build schools sustainably Long School siting ordinance developed. OCPS Board has a policy for practicing sustainability and requiring the use of sustainability rating systems for new construction and rennovations that best serve the project.
2. Operate schools sustainably Medium OCPS has an Environmental Compliance Program committed to sustainable practices and have several performance objectives set for energy, water, and waste efficiencies. GHG reductions are also addressed with respect to school bus operations. Asbestos Management Plan was completed in Aug 2017.
3. Create sustainable and healthy options for getting to and from school Medium Student Pedestrian Safety Committee meets monthly to discuss improvement projects and needs. Needs for new school zones and crossing guards is evaluated regularly. Walk Ride Thrive! coordinators conduct outreach and participate in International Walk to School Day and Annual Teach-In.
4. Sustainability-specific education tailored to student learning Long OCPS has Green Schools Recognition Program that encourages sustainable learning through school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement.
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Our Target Measurements
Education Indicators Baseline 1st Report 2nd Report Current Target 2020
Kindergarten Readiness Rates 2010 - 2011
67% ready
2012 - 2013
77% ready
2015 - 2016
92% ready
Based on FLKRS data
2016 - 2017
91% ready
Based on FLKRS data
100% ready
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program assessment rates
(OCPS VPK programs only)
2015 - 2016
Print Knowledge: 93% meet/exceed
Phonological Awareness: 88% meet/exceed
Oral Language / Vocabulary: 88% meet/exceed
Mathematics 89% meet/exceed

N/A

N/A
2016 - 2017
Print Knowledge: 92% meet/exceed
Phonological Awareness: 90% meet/exceed
Oral Language / Vocabulary: 89% meet/exceed
Mathematics 90% meet/exceed
100% meet or exceed
Nature-related field trips for grades K-6 2015 - 2016
370

N/A

N/A
2016 - 2017
441
Increase
Diversity in enrollment in a broad array of arts education 2015 - 2016
White: 40,229
Hispanic: 53,263
Black: 35,033

N/A

N/A
2016 - 2017
White: 39,549
Hispanic: 56,430
Black: 35,360
Increase
Enrollment in secondary fine arts courses 2010
52%
2013 - 2014
45.3%
2014 - 2015
44.5%
2015 - 2016
45.3%
2016 - 2017
45.5%
60% by 2018
Achievement gap in English/Language Arts proficiency for targeted subgroups
(Black, White, Hispanic, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), English Language Learners (ELL), Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL))
2014 - 2015
Black to White: -33%
Hispanic to White: -22%
ESE to Non -ESE: -36%
ELL to Non -ELL: -38%
FRL to Non -FRE: -24%

N/A
2015 - 2016
Black to White: -33%
Hispanic to White: -23%
ESE to Non -ESE: -42%
ELL to Non -ELL: -38%
FRL to Non -FRE: -30%
2016 - 2017
Black to White: -34%
Hispanic to White: -24%
ESE to Non-ESE: -43%
ELL to Non-ELL: -36%
FRL to Non-FRL: -29%
Decrease 10%
Achievement gap in Mathematics proficiency for targeted subgroups
(Black, White, Hispanic, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), English Language Learners (ELL), Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL))
2014 - 2015
Black to White: -33%
Hispanic to White: -22%
ESE to Non -ESE: -30%
ELL to Non -ELL: -28%
FRL to Non -FRE: -22%

N/A
2015 - 2016
Black to White: -36%
Hispanic to White: -24%
ESE to Non -ESE: -40%
ELL to Non -ELL: -30%
FRL to Non -FRE: -30%
2016 - 2017
Black to White: -33%
Hispanic to White: -22%
ESE to Non -ESE: -37%
ELL to Non -ELL: -21%
FRL to Non -FRE: -27%
Decrease 10%
Participation in College & Career Acceleration experiences
(AP, IB, AICE, DE, or CTE coursework)
2013 - 2014
88.6%

N/A
2015 - 2016
88.4%
2016 - 2017
89.9%
Increase 10% (OCPS target)
Percentage of students to attain high school graduate level or higher 2010
Educational attainment: 86.7%
2013
Educational attainment: 87.2%
2015
Educational attainment: 98%
2016*
*data available in early 2018
Increase
Number of career-themed courses 2015 - 2016
429

N/A

N/A
2016 - 2017
749
Increase
Job Placement Rate for Career and Technical Education Centers 2012
82%
2013
85%
2015
86%
2016*
*data available in early 2018
Maintain or exceed 85%
Energy consumption for OCPS district (kWh/sq.ft.) 2011 - 2012
14.20
2014 - 2015*
13.73
2015 - 2016
13.97
2016 - 2017
13.50
Decrease
Recycling rate for OCPS district 2012 - 2013
28%
2013 - 2014
46%
2014 - 2015
53%
2015-2016
54%
2016 - 2017
56%
75%
Water consumption for OCPS district (gal/sq.ft.) 2014 - 2015
23.38

N/A
2015 - 2016
23.78
2016 - 2017
25.18
Decrease
Total idling hours for daily bus routes (hrs/day) 2012 - 2013
520.7
2013 - 2014
371.4
2015 - 2016
418.2
2016 - 2017
403.6
Decrease
Annual consumption of diesel fuel (gal.) 2014 - 2015
793,578

N/A
2015 - 2016
114,664
2016 - 2017
143,845
Decrease
Alternative fuel use for OCPS district N/A 2014 - 2015
All district school buses use B20 biofuel
2015 - 2016
All district school buses use B20 biofuel
2016 - 2017
All district school buses use B20 biofuel
Increase
Sustainability education through Green Schools Recognition program involvement 2014 - 2015
9 schools

N/A
2015 - 2016
12 schools
2016 - 2017
9 schools
Increase
Want to get involved?

Orange County has an outstanding education environment. Learning is something we never outgrow and lifelong learning is important for every individual to flourish. There are quality learning opportunities for all ages.

Volunteer at a Head Start Location Near You
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Make a difference in a child’s life. Orange County has an amazing Head Start program, and is always looking for citizens who can volunteer to help these children develop critical language and learning skills.

Get Educated About Your Community
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Orange County has great programs for adults who want to learn more about sustainable community development. The Citizen Planner Academy has a monthly course that teaches a variety of planning disciplines.

Join Your School PTA
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Get involved in your local PTA. Studies show that parent involvement increases student success. Giving even a few hours a month of your talents and time to your school through PTA programs can make a difference for your child and your community. PTA is about opportunities for every child and you can be a part of that effort just by becoming a member.

Teach Sustainability in Your Home
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Your children will follow your lead. Effectively modeling how to live a more sustainable lifestyle begins with you! Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greener Living website and look for tips and information that you can use and share.