Miami-Dade scores raise the question: Are Florida schools really that bad?
In light of the high-quality schools lawsuit, the big news out of Miami-Dade this morning is very interesting. As the Miami Herald reported, Miami-Dade students rocked most of their peers in 18 other big cities across the country, according to their math performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
On the fourth-grade NAEP, they were No. 2. On the eighth-grade NAEP, No. 4. Miami-Dade's Hispanic students were tops among all other Hispanic students in both categories.
It's a safe bet most of those big-city districts spend more than Miami-Dade does in per-pupil funding. So, did the kids in Miami-Dade just hand the state evidence for its defense?