Accountability Is Working in Florida's Schools

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    These stats seem astounding, this represents a huge turn around. Competition and reward seem to have found a toe hold here, well done.



    Accountability Is Working in Florida's Schools
    In 1998, nearly half of its fourth-graders were functionally illiterate. Today, 72% of them can read.


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    An educated work force that attracts global investment also helps alleviate the problem of dwindling tax revenue and growing entitlements. Students who learn more typically earn more, spend more, invest more, save more—and pay more in taxes. According to the U.S. Census, a high-school dropout earns around $19,000 a year on average. A high-school diploma raises that average to $28,600. A college degree will nearly double your earning potential, to $51,500.

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    In 1998, nearly half of Florida's fourth-graders were functionally illiterate. Today, 72% of them can read. Florida's Hispanic fourth-graders are reading as well or better than the average student in 31 other states and the District of Columbia. That is what I call a real game-changer.

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    If Florida can do it, every state can. With 2.7 million students, Florida has the fourth-largest student population in the country. A majority of our public school children are minorities, and about half of the students are eligible for subsidized lunches based on low family income.

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    Here is an example. For the last decade, Florida has graded schools on a scale of A to F, based solely on standardized test scores. When we started, many complained that "labeling" a school with an F would demoralize students and do more harm than good. Instead, it energized parents and the community to demand change from the adults running the system. School leadership responded with innovation and a sense of urgency. The number of F schools has since plummeted while the number of A and B schools has quadrupled.

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    Another reform: Florida ended automatic, "social" promotion for third-grade students who couldn't read. Again, the opposition to this hard-edged policy was fierce. Holding back illiterate students seemed to generate a far greater outcry than did the disturbing reality that more than 25% of students couldn't read by the time they entered fourth grade. But today? According to Florida state reading tests, illiteracy in the third grade is down to 16%.


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    Choice is the catalytic converter here, accelerating the benefits of other education reforms. Almost 300,000 students opt for one of these alternatives, and research from the Manhattan Institute, Cornell and Harvard shows that Florida's public schools have improved in the face of competition provided by the many school-choice programs.

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    Jeb Bush: Accountability Is Working in Florida's Schools - WSJ.com
     
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    Aw, jeesh! Jeb Bush, gmafb.

    So kids can take tests in Florida, woohoo!

    As for reading, immigrants tend to be hungrier for knowledge than non-immigrants.
     
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    My sister is a died in the wool republican of the goldwater type.

    She teaches in Florida and begs to differ with your accessment
     
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    Yes, clearly it would be better if students could not take tests, and if immigrants were not "hungrier for knowledge."

    :cuckoo:

    Once again, your moronic POV serves to entertain.:lol:
     
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    Did the wool smother her?

    How Sad.:(

    But, you know, Florida is a little warm for wool: She probably should have been wearing cotton.
     
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    Shes your fellow political partner
     
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    Was she as gullible, but much hawter, than you?
     
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    She shares your beliefs.
     
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    Glad to help out, prolly keeps your mind off your own idiocy. :thup:

    Graduating from high school and being proficient at taking the FCAT is such a lofty goal! All the colleges have to spend Freshman and Sophomore year teaching the students what they should have learned in high school.

    Thank you Jeb Bush for your big government bullshit.
     
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    yes, clearly the apparent results are meaningless because- jeb bush/big gov.........whatever.
     

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