Division of Educator Quality


The Florida Department of Education's Division of Educator Quality (EQ) includes three bureaus:

Each of the bureaus within EQ have a fundamental role in assuring that every Florida student receives an education that makes him or her college- and career-ready. Our work in EQ runs the gamut; our team includes leaders with responsibility for statewide oversight and support of

  • educator preparation including programs for teachers and leaders
  • educator evaluation systems
  • school district professional development systems
  • educator recruitment programs
  • educator recognition programs
  • educator professionalism including ensuring that the behavior of Florida's educators is consistent with the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in the State of Florida
  • certification processes, including ensuring all requirements of law are met, for new and renewing educators

Our work as a team is summarized best in the words of the EQ BHAG: Every Florida teacher and leader is prepared, developed, supported and supervised by educators who make teaching better.

A BHAG is a big, hairy, audacious goal, and the concept of a BHAG was introduced by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras (2004) in the book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Collins and Porras write, "A BHAG engages people - it reaches out and grabs them in the gut. It is tangible, energizing, highly focused. People get it right away; it takes little or no explanation . . . A true BHAG is clear and compelling and serves as the unifying focal point of effort." (p. 94). You can hear Jim Collins talk about BHAGs in this 2-minute audio clip.

During the first few months of 2014, EQ leaders studied the work of Collins and Porras and co-created a BHAG - a focused and forceful guide for our work going forward in Florida. We believe that when we achieve our BHAG that indeed we will have achieved what it is we are all committed to at the core: a world-class education for every student in Florida.

A theory of action naturally emerges from our BHAG as well: When we improve the preparation, development, support and supervision available to teachers and leaders then student achievement goes up. Stated another way, when we make teaching better then all students have the learning opportunities they deserve.

State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators (State Plan)

In November 2014, assistant secretary of the United States Department of Education, Deborah Delisle, communicated to Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart the requirement that “each State educational agency (SEA) must submit to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) a State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators (State Plan)”. Assistant Secretary Delisle’s letter provided significant authority to each SEA in the development of the State Plan and required each State to “conduct meaningful consultation with a wide range of stakeholders” including educators, parents, civil rights groups, etc. You may view the Florida’s Draft Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators here (PDF).

For more information about VAM, we invite you to view the six-minute video explaining Florida’s Value-Added Model, the basis for Florida’s Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators.