Florida education offers 'a lesson for our nation,' Jeb Bush writes
This weekend, Bush pitched his brand of school accountability in the Arizona Republic, the biggest newspaper in a state that has been toying with enacting many of the ideas (such as school grading) that Florida put in place over the past decade.
Here's a snippet:
"The results speak for themselves.
In 1998, nearly half of Florida's fourth-graders were functionally illiterate. Today, Florida's fourth-graders and eighth-graders are above the national average in reading, and fourth-graders are above the national average in math with eighth-graders closing in on that benchmark.
In fact, our Hispanic students outperform the average student in 15 other states, including Arizona. Every leading indicator -- test scores, graduation rates, national rankings, participation and achievement in Advanced Placement -- continues to rise.
Florida's story dispels common myths about education."
Any advice for Arizona, readers?