The Florida Story encompasses a combination of reforms – rigorous academic standards, standardized measurement, data-based accountability, effective teaching, outcome-based funding and educational opportunity – to improve the quality of education for students in the Sunshine State.

Since the A+ Plan was launched in 1999, Florida has reversed a generation of decline in education.  Measuring knowledge in reading and math annually from third to tenth grade, grading schools on a scale of A – F, ending social promotion for third graders who can’t read, funding strategies that create an incentive for success, rewarding teachers for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and an unprecedented array of educational choices for parents – these are the policies that have yielded an extraordinary turnaround in our schools.

The results are remarkable.

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