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ERIC Number: ED517468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Reforms with Results: What Oklahoma Can Learn from Florida's K-12 Education Revolution
Ladner, Matthew
Foundation for Educational Choice
Florida lawmakers began a comprehensive education reform effort in 1999 combining accountability, transparency, and parental choice with other far-reaching changes. In March 2010, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released new results showing just how successful Florida's reforms have been and how futile Oklahoma's efforts have proved. This study documents how the latest NAEP results strengthen the case for Florida-style reforms. In 2009, some groups of traditionally underperforming students from Florida--including that state's Hispanic students--widened their leads over the statewide average score for "all Oklahoma students." This report explains in some detail why Florida's reforms, while benefiting all students, have been especially beneficial to disadvantaged students. For example, Florida's method for grading schools looks not only at students' overall performance and overall gains, but also considers gains among the 25 percent of students with the lowest scores. Importantly, those 25 percent of students are counted in all three categories, providing a strong incentive for schools to help their lowest-performing pupils. This paper details the key components of Florida's K-12 education reform strategy and explains why the adoption of the Florida reforms in Oklahoma would aid all children, especially disadvantaged students. (Contains 8 figures and 17 notes.) [This report was released by the Foundation for Educational Choice, Oklahoma Business & Education Coalition, and Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Oklahoma
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress