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“Great Work Being Done in Florida’s Classrooms”

In Florida, the number of schools meeting state math and reading standards under No Child Left Behind has more than doubled since 2003. The following excerpt is from an article in today’s Naples Daily News highlighting the improved student achievement in Florida’s schools

“Seven of 10 schools in Florida ranked ‘A’ or ‘B’ for 2004–05 in the state’s system of grading public schools, a review based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, writing proficiency and student improvement, especially among low–performing students.

“The number of top–graded schools increased from 1,802 the prior year to 1,842 this past school year. In addition, 436 schools improved their standings. The improvement came despite higher standards and the inclusion of special needs students in the count, the governor and state education officials announced Wednesday.

“State officials also boasted that more than 1,100 schools met federal ‘No Child Left Behind’ standards, more than double the 534 that met federal criteria in 2003.

“‘There is still lots of work to be done, but there is an incredible amount of great work being done in Florida’s classrooms today,’ Gov. Jeb Bush told reporters in Tallahassee. ‘The principals and teachers and now, increasingly, moms and dads of our state, can be proud of the results that we're seeing.’”

The complete text of this article is available online.

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