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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
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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.