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2018-19 Best & Brightest Scholarship Program


The state of Florida created the Best and Brightest Scholarship Program (F.S. 
1012.731) to attract and retain high academic achievers in the teaching profession. This is a State funded program, with the District determining qualified recipients based on requirements defined by the statute.


Important Dates

  • November 1, 2018 – Deadline for OCPS classroom teachers to submit official SAT/ACT score document to the District (bestandbrightest@ocps.net)
  • December 1, 2018 – District deadline to submit qualified recipients to the Florida Department of Education
  • March 20, 2019 – OCPS payments to qualified teachers


What are the awards for this 2018-19 school year? 

Category

Requirement

Award Amount

1

2017-18 Effective Classroom Teacher

Up to $800

2

2017-18 Highly Effective Classroom Teacher

$1,200

3

2018-19 New (to teaching profession) Classroom Teacher with at least 80% national percentile score from SAT/ACT at time test was taken

$6,000

4

2017-18 Highly Effective Classroom Teacher with at least 80% national percentile score from SAT/ACT at time test was taken

$6,000 + $1,200

 

The Florida Department of Education has clarified eligibility criteria such that teachers who may apply for the award
are defined under F.S. 1012(2)(a): Classroom teachers.
The gross amounts paid to employees are less OCPS’ portion of FICA (7.65%).  From that, the employee must also pay federal taxes.

 

What do I have to submit to qualify?

Category

2017-18 Location

Required Document(s)

Send to

Submittal Deadline

1

 

OCPS

Nothing - Your 17-18 final evaluation will be on file.

N/A

N/A

Other FL County

Copy of your 17-18 Classroom Teacher final evaluation document clearly showing Effective rating

bestandbrightest@ocps.net

11/1/2018

2

 

OCPS

Nothing - Your 17-18 final evaluation will be on file.

N/A

N/A

Other FL County

Copy of your 17-18 Classroom Teacher final evaluation document clearly showing Highly Effective rating

bestandbrightest@ocps.net

11/1/2018

3

New to Teaching

Copy of your SAT/ACT Score Document clearly showing 80th percentile score

bestandbrightest@ocps.net

11/1/2018

4

OCPS

Copy of your SAT/ACT Score Document clearly showing 80th percentile score

bestandbrightest@ocps.net

11/1/2018

Other FL County

Copy of your SAT/ACT Score Document clearly showing 80th percentile score

bestandbrightest@ocps.net

11/1/2018

Copy of your 17-18 Classroom Teacher final evaluation document clearly showing Highly Effective rating

 

If you were a previous OCPS Best and Brightest recipient in 2017-18, you do not have to do anything.  Your information is on file.  The District will review and verify your 2017-18 Classroom teaching status as well as your 2017-18 evaluation rating.

 

17-18 Classroom teaching status will be verified by: 

  • Duty Assignments – Official course codes assigned to teacher
  • Assigned Students – Student Rosters


Percentiles provided by College Board included below:

SAT Score Percentiles

Percentiles provided by ACT included below:

ACT Score Percentiles



How to Obtain Your Scores

SAT

Order archived score reports by calling 866.756.7346 or by completing and mailing the Archived Score Report Order Form. Please review important information regarding archived score report requests and processing time included on the College Board website (Request SAT Scores).

*Please send SAT scores to yourself, and then send to the District.

ACT

Replacement score reports can be ordered either by contacting ACT Student Services at 319.337.1270 or by using the 2017-2018 ACT Additional Score Report (ASR) Request FormRequest ACT Scores*

*Please send ACT scores to yourself, and then send to the District.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

2018-19 Best and Brightest Bonus FAQs

Additional Information

FLDOE Memo

Additional Questions?

Email BestAndBrightest@ocps.net – please include your name and personal number for the fastest response.