The latest from Jay Greene
Love him or hate him, education researcher Jay Greene is one of the few data nuts taking a look at Florida education policy, and love him or hate him, he's influential, so it's a good idea to keep up with what he's doing. His conclusions about Florida's FCAT-based, third-grade retention policy – which went into effect in 2003 and continues to be controversial - have found a new outlet in this fall's edition of Education Finance and Policy, published by MIT Press.
Based on two years of data, Greene found that Florida's retention policy is working – at least so far - with students who were held back surpassing low-scoring peers who were promoted. Without a doubt, there is plenty of debate about Greene's findings (click here), and the real proof will be what happens to retained students in the long haul. But for what it's worth, Greene's conclusions were seconded in a completely overlooked report issued last fall by OPPAGA, the Legislature's respected research arm. To see the Greene article, click here. To see the OPPAGA report, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter