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What Florida Data Say About The Effect Teachers Have On Math And Reading

The New York Times takes a look at why teachers have a tougher time improving reading performance than math performance. In part, it’s because math lessons are more discrete. A quiz can tell you which math concepts a student is having problems with, as a teacher notes in the story. But reading builds on many […]

Why Florida’s Per-Student Spending Isn’t As Bad As It Looks

As the school year is winding down, Florida school districts are looking ahead to next year and the additional funding coming their way. Almost half a billion dollars is available to boost the salaries of teachers and other personnel. Plus, spending is going up by more than $400 per student. Legislative leaders have repeatedly said “education […]

Study: Florida Ranks Second In National Test Score Gains

Florida ranked second in the nation in gains on a national education test, according to a study released by Education Next. The report used data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress in math, reading, and science. Researchers examined trends in student achievement in the U.S. and around the world from 1992 to 2011. The […]

U.S. Students Show Shallow Understanding On National Science Exam

Most U.S. students can draw the correct conclusions from a science experiment, but fewer students were able to defend those findings with data. Those are the conclusions from the first-ever National Assessment of Education Progress science exam that added both hands-on experiments and computer exercises to test 2,000 4th, 8th and 12th graders across the […]

Five Things Florida Learned From the Nation’s Report Card

Yesterday we wrote about the National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, the gold-standard for apples-to-apples comparison of state education. Math and reading scores for fourth and eighth-graders were released yesterday. Here’s five things the nation’s report card tells us about Florida. You can check the results for yourself here.

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