Tag Archives: NAEP

Selective Data and Outrage from the Bush Foundation Discredited By Those “Devious Plans to Undermine Class-Size Amendment”

Writing for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mike Thomas bemoans Florida’s class size amendment as a “$30 billion mistake.” What sounded good on a ballot turned chaotic when implemented to the letter of the law. We now have … Continue reading

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Donalds-Cota Dispatches Florida Test-Based System, Discredits Bush-FDOE Data Spin

From Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielsen: Overtesting is costing too much and could be causing Florida’s performance to stagnate on the national level, according to a new report released this week from a state school board member and a … Continue reading

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Florida’s High School Seniors: Our Ill-Served FCAT Generation

The wonderful high school seniors for whom Florida teachers have gained great affection will be  walking the halls of state schools  for just a few more days. They do so with a sad, knowing smile of what the last few days – and last … Continue reading

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Florida’s New Testing Non-Profit Has Received $36 Million in Grants From Gates Foundation

You just knew there had to be a catch. Yesterday’s news that Education Commissioner Pam Stewart had selected a new testing company to replace FCAT. Erin Jester reports in the Gainesville Sun: Stewart picked the nonprofit company American Institutes for … Continue reading

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To Plug Common Core, Michelle Rhee’s Florida Rep Says Florida Schools Are “Failing Our Kids”

Following the lead of her boss to use the recent release of PISA scores to promote Common Core, Michelle Rhee’s Florida representative Nikki Lowrey wrote an opinion piece for the Tallahassee Democrat: When I was a youth, parents, teachers, even … Continue reading

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CATO Slams Michelle Rhee’s “Common Core Crud”

H/T to Russ Walsh. CATO Institute scholar Neal McCluskey takes Michelle Rhee to the woodshed: I don’t dislike the oft-attacked Michelle Rhee. I don’t even know her. But I do dislike disingenuous or empirically anemic arguments about the Common Core, and she offers too many of both in … Continue reading

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The Week’s Florida Test Data Spin From Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee

From Sunshine State News: Bad news for Florida’s education system: Students in the Sunshine State who took international tests in math, reading and science last year did worse than other teens in the country and performed far worse than teenagers … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Doubt FLDOE and FEE Cherry-Picked Charter School Study

Scathing Purple Musings challenged the veracity of the recent FLDOE report which touted test data to claim superiority of charter schools over public schools. As top policy advisor, Matt Ladner tweeted,  “Florida charter school students outperforming district school peers,” it’s clear … Continue reading

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Claims NAEP or FCAT Scores Validate Florida Formula “Implausible” and “Violates Basic Principles of Policy Analysis”

In the December 2012 open hearing where incoming education Tony Bennett was interviewed, board of education chairman Gary Chartrand began the meeting with “good news” about how well Florida 4th graders stacked up against the rest of the world on NAEP. … Continue reading

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Punching Holes in Jeb Bush’s NAEP-Based “Florida Miracle” Myth

Full disclosure: During the years of the hyperpartisan Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, I’d grown to loathe Democrats, their operatives and media cheerleaders.  My turn the channel dismissiveness ended with SB736. Perhaps if the Florida gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Alex Sink … Continue reading

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