Statement from Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, on the Florida Supreme Court Decision in favor of the Florida State Board on Education.
“Today we celebrate a ruling that, above all else, is a victory for students and their families. Florida is on track to providing a high-quality, student-centered education to every student across the state.
“By sustaining a focus on early literacy, rigorous school accountability and public and private education options for families, Florida is reversing decades of failure.
“Two decades of hard work by Florida’s leadership, talented educators and engaged parents have made this possible. We have a moral imperative to continue building upon this progress so that every Florida student can achieve their full potential through a quality education.”
The latest data confirm the gains in Florida education since 1999:
- On the Nation’s Report Card — our biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress – Florida showed improvement in all four reading and math assessments and significant improvement in three of the four tests. Most states showed either stagnant or declining results.
- Florida currently ranks fourth best in the nation for K-12 student achievement on Education Week’s 2018 Quality Counts report. The ranking takes into account graduation rates; achievement gaps between economically disadvantaged students and their peers; and learning gains and achievement on both math and reading assessments for fourth and eighth graders.
- And, Florida’s high school graduation rate has reached a 15-year high, further confirmation that Florida’s student-centered policies are working.
Read more of Florida’s extraordinary story.