Updated 7.12.16

Below is information regarding the Florida Legislature's Best and Brightest Scholarship Program and instructions on how to apply for the scholarship. 


Important Dates

  • November 1, 2016 - Application deadline for teachers
  • December 1, 2016 - District deadline to submit qualified scholarship recipients
  • April 1, 2017 - Deadline for scholarship payments to qualified teachers


How to Qualify

1)  You must be a classroom teacher as defined by Florida Statute 1012.01(2)(a).

  • Classroom teachers are staff members assigned the professional activity of instructing students in courses in classroom situations, including basic instruction, exceptional student education, career education, and adult education.
  •  K12 Classroom teachers do not include student services personnel (guidance counselors, social workers, career specialists, school psychologists, etc.); pre-kindergarten teachers; or other instructional staff (resource teachers, coaches, learning specialists, trainers, and adjunct educators)
  • You must be an active classroom teacher with Pasco County Schools at the time of the submittal deadline (November 1, 2016).
  • Verify that your current title is on the Eligible Titles List

2) You must have received a summative evaluation rating of highly effective on your evaluation for the school year immediately preceding the scholarship year.

  •  Summative ratings from 2015-2016 will be used to determine eligibility
  •  First year teachers who have not been evaluated do not need to meet this requirement
  •  Teachers who were employed by another Florida school district or Charter School prior to 2015-2016 must provide official documentation that shows their final evaluation rating as Highly Effective.

3) You must have a qualifying ACT or SAT score based on the National Percentile Rank in effect when the assessment was taken

  • Composite ACT score at or above the 80th percentile
  • Both a Critical Reading/Verbal and Mathematics score on the SAT at or above the 80th percentile
  • Percentiles provided by College Board/Act included below
  • Note:  Individuals who took the SAT prior to 1973 should use the 1973 percentile information to determine whether they scored at or above the 80th percentile.

4) You must submit all required documentation to the District no later than November 1, 2016.

  • Qualification Form
  • Copy of your score report (Note:  High school/college transcripts that contain your scores may fulfill this requirement)
  • Official evaluation document showing a final rating of Highly Effective if you are new to the District in 2016-17 and were a teacher in another Florida county in 2015-16
  • Employees who received a final evaluation from the District do not have to submit evaluation data


How to Apply

  1. Verify that your title is eligible for the scholarship on the Best and Brightest Title Listing
  2. Complete the Qualification Form
  3. Email the form and your score report to bestandbrightest@pasco.k12.fl.us no later than November 1, 2016.

Note:  Recipients of last year's scholarship who worked for Pasco County Schools will automatically be considered for the scholarship and need not reapply.  Each teacher will be re-evaluated based on current title and evaluation score to determine eligibility for the 2016-2017 school year.


How to Obtain Your Scores

Both ACT and the College Board/SAT have indicated they are working to ensure available test score reports are sent to the individuals requesting them. Additional information is available from ACT and the College Board upon request. In addition, for teachers requesting a duplicate ACT score report, ACT has added a drop-down box of individual district numbers so that score reports can be sent directly to the school district upon request. The ACT Code for Pasco County Schools is 8914.  Please note:  ACT scores sent directly to the District are not considered an application and will not be processed without the Qualification Form.
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 scores to yourself.

Replacement score reports can be ordered either by contacting ACT Student Services at 319.337.1270 or by using the 2015‐2016 ACT Additional Score Report (ASR) Request Form at
http://www.actstudent.org/pdf/asrform.pdf. http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/asrform.pdf

Reports for testing that occurred prior to September 2012 have a fee of $34.00 for normal processing and can be requested back to 1966. Please note: The percentile ranks provided on ASRs reflect current year norms, not the norms in effect at the time of testing.

Request ACT Scores*
*Please send scores to yourself.


Email bestandbrightest@pasco.k12.fl.us and include “Question” in the subject line
Call 813.794.2316
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FL DOE website

View CHAPTER 2016-62 House Bill No. 5003