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ERIC Number: ED527012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons for Ohio from Florida's K-12 Education Revolution. State Research
Ladner, Matthew
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Jeb Bush campaigned for governor on a clear and bracing set of education reforms in 1998. Having won office, he immediately pursued a dual-track strategy for reforming Florida's K-12 education system: standards and accountability for public schools, choice and options for parents. Florida lawmakers followed those reforms with additional measures. They enacted instructional based reforms, curtailed social promotion, introduced performance pay for teachers, and expanded school choice for families. Ten years after Gov. Bush's election and subsequent work to improve K-12 education, this study lays out the cumulative impact of his reforms, using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP is the nation's most reliable and respected source for data on K-12 education, testing representative samples of students in every state on a variety of subjects, including mathematics and reading. Looking particularly at NAEP's reading test, 53 percent of Florida's fourth-grade students scored "Basic or better" in 1998, meaning they were able to master "fundamental skills." By 2009, however, 73 percent of Florida's fourth graders scored basic or above--a remarkable improvement. What's more, after a decade of strong improvement, Florida's Hispanic students now have the second-highest reading scores in the nation when compared to their peers; Florida's African Americans rank fourth-highest. Comparing students by subgroups reveals that Florida's African American, Hispanic, low-income and disabled children all outscore their Ohio peers in fourth-grade reading. Florida's Hispanic students outscored or tied the statewide averages for all students in 31 states, and only narrowly missed the statewide average in Ohio. This report lays out Florida's reforms, and suggests how Ohio policymakers could emulate the Sunshine State's success. Florida's work wasn't easy, but the academic success that has occurred should make it easier for other states to follow. (Contains 10 figures and 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Ohio
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress