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Sunday, 5th October 2008

Hispanic Students in Florida Outscore Statewide Average of 15 States

Hispanic Students in Florida Outscore Statewide Average of 15 States
Source: Goldwater Institute

Ten years ago, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and lawmakers decided to do something about declining test scores in the Sunshine State. Through a strategy of accountability for public schools and options for dissatisfied parents, they set out to reform the state's education system. The results are eye-opening.
From 1998 to 2007, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scores rose dramatically for all Florida fourth-graders. The news was also good for Florida's minority students. During the same period, average NAEP reading scores for Florida's Hispanic fourth-graders were higher than the reading scores for all students in 15 states, including Arizona. Florida's African-American fourth-graders outscored reading averages for all students in two states. And Florida's low-income minority students achieved similar results.

+ Demography Defeated: Florida's K-12 Reforms and Their Lessons for the Nation (PDF; 562 KB)



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