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All Florida EO and DMT Schools Working with Learning Sciences International Show Improvement: Florida State Accountability Report
Learning Sciences International is the only external operator with a 100% success rate in multiple Florida school districts for the 2018-19 school year.

West Palm Beach, FL—July 30, 2019—Learning Sciences International (LSI) announced that all six of the Florida External Operator (EO) and District-Managed Turnaround (DMT) schools that partnered with LSI gained percentage points on the 2018-19 Florida State Accountability report. Four moved up a full letter grade. These results make LSI the most successful provider serving multiple school districts in Florida this year. Schools working with LSI were:

  • Deerwood Elementary School in Osceola County: 12% increase
  • Fairmount Park Elementary School in Pinellas County: 11% increase
  • Flora Ridge Elementary School in Osceola County: 6% increase
  • Lakewood Elementary School in Pinellas County: 7% increase
  • Thacker Avenue Elementary School in Osceola County: 3% increase
  • William D. Moseley Elementary School in Putnam County: 9% increase

“These administrators, teachers, and coaches are doing an extraordinary job of transforming every classroom into a vibrant and rigorous learning environment,” said LSI CEO Michael D. Toth. “We commend district leadership for making the tough decisions that are proving to be the right ones for these schools.”

In 2018, the Florida Department of Education approved LSI to function as an external operator in struggling public schools throughout the state. When selected, LSI works with staff members to provide professional development and coaching with leadership and faculty, with a focus on core instruction, academic teaming strategies, and social and emotional learning. They also focus on strengthening each school’s internal leadership pipeline so it can continue to sustain the growth after the need for external operator support diminishes.

With the release of 2018-19 FSA scores, additional Florida schools are eligible to select partners to serve as external operators for 2019-20. “We’re encouraged to see so much student progress in LSI’s first year serving as an external operator,” said LSI Executive Director of Professional Services Dr. Janis Andrews. “All LSI faculty and leadership coaches are highly qualified educators with decades of classroom and leadership experience, and we are well equipped to help additional Florida schools move the needle.”

For more information about LSI’s turnaround supports for struggling schools, visit Media and association representatives who would like more information may contact Maia Appleby at

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