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In 2009, the Foundation partnered with the American Institutes for Research to develop a statistically-sound method to identify Florida’s greatest teachers.
The model was used to identify participants in the focus groups for the Secrets of Successful Teaching, who were also winners of the 2009 Excel Award. The students of these educators learned at least 1.5 times, or 50 percent more, than the average student, based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores for three consecutive years. Teachers earned this level of learning with students in one or more of seven categories:
To be eligible for a 2009 Excel Award, teachers must have:
Focus groups consisted of up to ten teachers and a moderator.