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Glossary

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Term

Definition

Class Size Reduction (CSR)

Section 1 of Article IX of the State Constitution was amended in November 2002 establishing, by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, the maximum number of students in core-curricula courses assigned to a teacher in each of the following three grade groupings:

  • 18 students in Prekindergarten through grade 3;
  • 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
  • 25 students in grades 9 through 12.

This Web site will continue to be updated with information related to the implementation of the class size reduction requirements.
http://www.fldoe.org/ClassSize/
http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/classsize/

Concurrency (School)

In Florida, concurrency refers to a system for providing new public facilities and services to accommodate growth. These facilities and services must be provided at the time of new development. A new development cannot cause a school facility to exceed an adopted level-of-service (LOS).

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-2160.

Concurrency Service Areas (CSA)

Per School Board Policy 1161:

The areas for the implementation of public school concurrency requirements in Broward County shall be known as Concurrency Service Areas (CSA), and such CSA's shall be the approved school boundaries for elementary, middle and high schools as annually adopted by the School Board. For the purposes of public school concurrency, such CSA's shall be effective on the first day of the school year, and end on the last day before the beginning of the next school year.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-2160.

Core Capacity

Core Capacity is the number of student stations that can be accommodated by the cafeteria, toilet facilities, media center, and circulation space at a school.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-1932.

Demographics

This term has to do with populations, population trends and vital statistics. In this case, demographics refers to the number of students in different geographic areas of the county. This includes the number of historic, current, and projected students. Diversity characteristics (gender, race, ethnicity, special needs, socioeconomic characteristics and languages) are also part of demographics.

For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP)

Florida Statute 1013.35 requires the School District prepare and adopt a District Educational Facilities Plan, before adopting the annual capital outlay budget. The purpose of the District Educational Facilities Plan is to keep the School Board and the public fully informed as to whether the District is using sound policies and practices that meet the essential needs of students and that warrant public confidence in District operations. The statute states that, "the plan must be developed in coordination with the general-purpose local governments and be consistent with the local government comprehensive plans."

For additional information contact BCPS, Capital Systems Reporting & Control at (754) 321-8200.

Domino Boundary Change

A domino boundary change involves multiple school boundaries where a portion of a school boundary is moved into another school boundary to utilize available capacity at non-adjacent schools. For example, overcrowded School A is boundared into School B, and School B is boundared into under-enrolled School C to evenly distribute school enrollment between the three schools.

For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

Feeder Patterns

Feeder Patterns are the percentages of students within an attendance area that feed into the next level attendance areas. An aligned (clean) feeder pattern is when all the students in one elementary school matriculate to the same middle school and/or all students in one middle school matriculate to the same high school.

For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

Gross FISH Capacity

Gross FISH capacity at an educational facility is calculated as permanent FISH capacity plus relocatable capacity.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-1932.

Interlocal Agreement (ILA)

The Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning is the state statutes mandated agreement between the School Board, Broward County and 27 municipalities to address growth management issues and the availability and provision of public school facilities.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-2160.

Level of Service Standard (LOS)

A level of service (LOS) at which a public school facility is expected to operate. An indicator of the extent or degree of service provided by, or proposed to be provided by, a facility based on and related to the operational characteristics of the facility. LOS shall indicate the capacity per unit of demand for each public facility. The LOS for Broward County Public Schools is 100% of the gross FISH capacity (includes all relaoctables) for each boundared school to meet LOS until 2019-2020.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-2160.

Permanent FISH (Florida Inventory of School Houses) Capacity

Permanent capacity means concrete buildings used for school facilities that physically sit on the ground. See photos below.

one story concrete two story

This term is used to quantify the "permanent capacity" of the school, which is how many students a school is designed to accommodate. For example, if an elementary school has a permanent FISH capacity of 1,092, it is designed to accommodate 1,092 students.

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-1932.

Reassignment

For all student reassignment information please visit the NCLB & Reassignment Department Web site or call (754) 321-2380.

Relocatable Capacity

Relocatable capacity means wood or steel buildings used for school facilities that physically sit off the ground on blocks. The new Florida Building Code and the Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) use the word relocatable in reference to temporary buildings. Relocatable buildings are considered as temporary accommodations and are not considered as part of the permanent FISH capacity of an educational facility.

steel wood

For additional information contact BCPS, Growth Management at (754) 321-1932.

School Boundaries

The geographic area that identifies public school assignments as annually approved by the School Board. Students shall attend the school in the geographical boundary in which the primary parent(s) reside, unless other School Board policies apply.

In accordance with School Board Policy 5.1, any parent who submits fraudulent documentation to register a student gives cause for such student to be withdrawn immediately and referred for enrollment in the appropriate boundaried school.

For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

School Boundary Process

Broward County Schools serves over 262,000 students in over 327 schools.  To equitably serve our large student population it is necessary to review schools’ geographic attendance area on an annual basis for potential changes. During this review communities have several opportunities to provide input on all school attendance areas. The process concludes when the School Board votes to adopt the school boundaries for the following school year.

For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

Student Enrollment Projections

Every fall, the District's demographers prepare five-year enrollment projections for each school in Broward County. The projections show the future trend at each school by giving the estimated number of students expected to be attending each school, each year for the next five years.

A model is used to project future students by grade and for each school. The model uses an "aging" concept, which moves groups of students into the future and increases or decreases their numbers based upon past trends. Projections are first done for each neighborhood, and then the neighborhoods are added together into schools, based upon where the neighborhoods are located. Once initial projections are prepared, many checks are performed to determine if projections are reasonable. The overall School District Cohort (grade by grade) model projections are compared and tested for reasonableness with other models such as the Florida Department of Education (DOE) projections. Checks of reasonableness are performed on the model output by utilizing other techniques such as a cohort survival of one for a given population, attrition rates, and adding children which are anticipated to be the result of new residential development. All of this information is also used in determining the adjustments to the cohort model and as a "check" of the model. For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.

Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ)

A traffic analysis zone is the unit of geography most commonly used in conventional transportation planning models. Traffic Analysis Zones are simply a way of identifying different geographic areas or neighborhoods throughout Broward County and is created by the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Each TAZ has a set of streets or canals that defines the perimeter of the TAZ or neighborhood.

A unique number identifies each TAZ or neighborhood. Student data is provided for each TAZ. TAZ information by School attendance area is available on the Demographics & Student Assignments Web site.
For additional information contact BCPS, Demographics & Student Assignments at (754) 321-2480.


The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Executive Director, Benefits & EEO Compliance at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

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Last updated: 09/18/14 16:04:37