October
7th 2009
Bolstering the Case for Jeb Bush’s Florida Education Reform Success

Posted under Early Childhood & Education Politics & Governor & Grades and Standards & Innovation and Reform & Private Schools & reading & Research & School Accountability & School Choice & Teachers

Last year I told you about the remarkable education reform success story in Florida. The elements of this success can be traced to a comprehensive set of policy changes made while Jeb Bush was governor, including:

  • School accountability
  • Student accountability
  • Private school choice
  • Scientific-based literacy instruction
  • Alternative teacher certification

In a comprehensive article for the Summer 2009 edition of Education Next, Matt Ladner and Dan Lips explain exactly what Florida did to make dramatic gains on 4th grade national test scores.

Perhaps more importantly, they take on critiques from those who say the scores are misleading because of social promotion policies or can somehow be attributed to other education initiatives voters approved: universal preschool and class size reduction. Check out the article.

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3 Responses to “Bolstering the Case for Jeb Bush’s Florida Education Reform Success”

  1. Ed is Watching » Florida Keeps Star Role among States in Improving Student Reading Scores on 25 Mar 2010 at 11:59 am #

    [...] tie or do better than the student totals from 8 states. What’s so special about Florida? Its unique and comprehensive approach to education reform that started under then-Governor Jeb Bush in [...]

  2. jj on 30 Mar 2010 at 12:04 am #

    As regards the Florida article you cited, it looks to me like the trend lines were rising well before the sainted Jeb Bush pushed his “reforms.” I don’t see more than normal fluctuations in a sea of complex data.

  3. Eddie on 30 Mar 2010 at 10:29 am #

    jj, You may want to try a new eyeglass prescription.

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