From StateImpact reporter Gina Jordan:
Despite questions about the state’s standardized testing, Florida is making progress — a lot of it — according to a report released by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
Sixteen states adopted SREB goals 10 years ago to guide policymakers and education leaders.
Florida outperforming other southern states in a variety of indicators, according to the 2012 progress report. Florida is among the leaders when it comes to qualified teachers, college and career readiness, and school leadership standards.
“Florida has worked very hard for more than a decade to implement sound education reform policies designed to improve academic proficiency and performance,” said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “The report speaks to the outstanding increases in student success, and I am confident that Florida will continue making progress.”
Tweeted by the Florida Department of Education, the report highlights one test result: 4th and 8th Grade NAEP scores. Its board includes 14 southern state governors – including Florida’s Rick Scott and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. Among SREB’s financial sponsors are the Gates Foundation and testing giant, Pearson. Interestingly the list includes Florida Virtual School whose PR director insisted was a non-profit in a comment in this blog earlier this year.
Funding entities who churn out favorable reports is nothing new to today’s test-based reformers. The report touts the number of kids enrolled in AP courses (that rigor thing again)and college graduation rates that are contradicted by a report released yesterday.