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FLDOE compares Florida and Illinois to highlight success



Staying true to its fondness for letter grades, the Florida Department of Education on Wednesday released a report card comparing the state's education system to that of Illinois. Why Illinois? It's one of the other "mega-states" NAEP identified earlier this year as educating about 40 percent of the nation's students (they are Florida, California, Texas, Illinois and New York).

The FLDOE uses reports we've seen before that rate Florida well for its policies (StudentsFirst) and performance (Advanced Placement), giving Florida an A+ while not even bothering to assign Illinois an overall grade.

Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement applauding Florida's strength in education compared to its peers, adhering closely to his message about raises and increased funding:  “Our education system is making tremendous gains and the nation is taking notice. We are building on this progress by investing $1 billion more in our K-12 education system in this budget, which includes a $2,500 pay raise for all fulltime teachers.”

The department still might issue other report cards comparing Florida to the other mega-states in the future.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:36pm]


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