Are Florida kids getting smarter, faster - or not?
For days, a trio of high-profile education think tanks have been going at it over whether Florida kids are really making big academic gains - and, if so, why. In one corner: the National Education Policy Center, which put out this recent report on Jeb Bush's reforms. In the other: the Fordham Institute and Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. Start with this post from Fordham's Flypaper blog.
We think you'll find this wonky debate good reading, whether you're rooting for one side or the other - or for whoever produces the best evidence. Along the way, one blogger offered a comment we wish some around these parts would take to heart: "What I find refreshing in this exchange is respectful disagreement and two posts that encourage those of us interested in deepening student learning gains to read and talk further."