Miami-Dade students leave Oregon in the dust
Academic researcher Matthew Ladner may live in Arizona (at least we think he lives in Arizona, since he works for the Goldwater Institute), but he has become a Floridaphile of the first order. He pretty much jumps on every chance to compare Florida kids' academic gains with the rest of the country.
The latest opportunity: The recent urban NAEP scores, which shows students in Miami-Dade are not only outpacing nearly every other big city's kids in reading (or at least the 17 others that are NAEP tested), but outperforming some entire states. In this case, Ladner decides to pick on Oregon.
"Oregon low-income kids perform **ahem** like a mid-tier urban district despite the inclusion of suburban kids, and approximately a grade level behind both Miami and NYC," he blogged recently on Jay P. Greene's blog. "Some might also find it interesting that the Miami school district is 91 percent minority, while Oregon is 72 percent Anglo."