Our colleagues at StateImpact Florida wrote today about a publication from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and School Choice Ohio that suggests that Ohio should adopt some of the education policies currently in effect in Florida.
The publication basically says that because Florida’s black and Hispanic fourth graders do better than Ohio’s in the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, Ohio should do what Florida does in regard to rating schools, expanding vouchers and charter schools, and promoting students from grade to grade based on whether or not they’ve passed the state standardized tests.
The publication’s author, Matthew Ladner, writes that he focused on fourth grade reading because they demonstrate the development of early literacy literacy skills, which are “crucial to the overall academic success of students in the years that follow.” But I’d note that focusing just on fourth graders and just on reading proficiency is a narrow approach to analyzing the performance of a state’s entire school system.
Read the publication for yourself here.
Note: A previous version of this story mischaracterized the performance of students in Ohio and in Florida. Please read more about the two states’ performance in this updated post.