On Friday, August 9, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, addressed the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual meeting, held last week in Chicago, Illinois.
During his address, Governor Bush outlined his vision for a quality 21st century education system, including:
- Raising academic standards;
- Promoting literacy and ending social promotion;
- Harnessing technology to provide more digital learning options;
- Expanding parental choice in education;
- Strengthening accountability in schools;
- Maximizing taxpayers’ investment in education to improve student outcomes; and
- Recruiting, retaining and rewarding great teachers.
- To read a full transcript of Governor Bush’s remarks, please click here.
Many states have embraced these bold reform principles already, and the results speak for themselves. Check out how states around the country are abandoning the status quo in favor of raising student achievement.
Bold Education Reforms Yield Results:
- On national education rankings Florida has gone from being at the bottom of the nation to above or at the national average. Parents have a wide array of choice options to pick the school that best fits their child.
- Between 1999 and 2012, Florida’s high school graduation rate increased by 22.5 percent.
- Florida’s gains on the Nation’s Report Card between 1992 and 2011 ranked second in the United States, just after Maryland.
- Florida’s fourth-graders ranked second in the world, and far above the national average, in reading achievement on the most recent international student literacy test.
- During the past two decades, public school students in Florida have made the second highest academic gains in the nation on standardized test scores, all while protecting taxpayers’ investment in education and cutting waste and bureaucracy.
- 25 percent increase in college credits earned through AP courses, the largest increase in state history.
- One percent increase in students doing math on grade level over last year – with a harder test. 67 out of 70 districts made progress.
- 20 percent increase in college eligible students, after requiring all seniors to take the ACT.
- Student achievement improved with 68 percent of students on grade level at all grades and all subjects in 2012, which is 10,000 more students on grade in 2012 than in 2011
- 10 percent growth in reading proficiency from 2012 for 11th graders, with:
- Hispanic 11th graders showing a 10.6 percent increase,
- African-American -A 11th graders showing a 9 percent increase, and
- Native American 11th graders showing an 11 percent increase.
- 3rd graders posted a 3 percent improvement in reading on grade level, after three years of decline.
- One percent increase in students reading on grade level from 49 percent to 50 percent.
- One percent increase in students doing math on grade level from 42 percent to 43 percent.
- Indiana graduation rates have increased over the last few years, while the number of students dropping out of school decreased by 48 percent.
- This year parents of 10,000 Hoosier students had the opportunity to pick the school that best fits their child.
- This year, 86 percent of third grade students passed the IREAD-3 test, and according to the Indy Star, “More than 30 public schools had 100 percent pass rates, up from 21 schools the year before.”
- 81 percent of students passed the state mathematics test, up from 72 percent in 2009
- 79 percent of students passed the state English language’s test, up from 71 percent in 2009.
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