Putting Education Reform To The Test

Digging Deeper On Florida’s New District Rankings

The folks at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund have a terrific post on their blog that adds some context to Florida’s controversial new district rankings.

School officials have criticized the rankings as a simplistic measure considering only Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, and ignoring a district’s size, relative wealth and other underlying factors.

The Jacksonville PEF analyzed districts including some of that data and came up with a graph showing expected and actual performance (click on the graph above to expand).

So what does it tell us?

Dixie, Lee and Miami-Dade school performance most exceeds the expected FCAT performance. While Baker, Pinellas and Manatee counties fall the furthest short of the expected FCAT scores.

You can check out the methodology and explanation here.

What do you think of the new rankings? What about the Jacksonville PEF analysis?


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