Florida

Putting Education Reform To The Test

Test Results Show Florida Students Improving Faster Than Other Large States

Florida compared well to four other large states — California, Illinois, New York and Texas — on a new national report. Florida had the largest gains for 4th and 8th grade reading among the states, and four Florida demographic groups improved faster than the national average in reading.


From 1992 to 2011, Florida students posted the greatest gain on the 4th grade reading exams (16 points, boosting it to 225) of any of the five states. It beat the national average score (220) and national average gain (5 points), rising from below the national average in 1992. Four of Florida’s subgroups (black and white students, those with disabilities, and those eligible for free or reduced-price lunches) also beat average gains.

Florida’s story was similar for 8th graders on NAEP reading: It showed the most improvement among the five states from 1998 to 2011 (8 points) and had the only two subgroups (students with disabilities and blacks) whose progress outpaced the national average for those groups.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

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