Report slams Florida's 'test-and-punish' education system
In a report out today, a national civil rights group called the Advancement Project singles out Florida as one of several states where zero-tolerance policies and high-stakes testing (that would be the FCAT) have combined to drive kids out of school "to devastating effect." (The full name of the report is "Test, Punish, and Push Out: How 'Zero Tolerance' and High-Stakes Testing Funnel Youth Into the School-To-Prison Pipeline.") After citing a barrage of statistics and studies, it says:
The end result of Florida's education reforms is that by 2006 it had the fourth-lowest graduation rate of any state in the country at 57%. The graduation rates for Black and Latino students were even worse: 43% and 54%, respectively.
The group got those numbers from Education Week, which uses its own formula to calculate grad rates, which as we have to note constantly, are sharply at odds with Florida's own numbers (and several years behind). Last week, Education Week ranked Florida's education system No. 8 in the country (and No. 7 in K-12 achievement, though that part of the report hasn't been updated since 2008).
Somebody is way off here.