fact-checkED: This ‘quick fact’ about scholarships hurting public schools is no fact at all

A story in Sunday’s Lakeland Ledger about a union-sponsored public education summit in Polk County included a chart of “Quick Facts” that bears scrutiny. One of them, about the financial impact of Florida Tax Credit Scholarships, is false. The statement: “In 2018, tax-credit scholarship programs totaled $1.058 billion, money that[Read More…]

94 percent of FTC students earned high school diplomas in 2018-19

Graduation rates for students in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program declined slightly in 2018-19 according to a new report from Step Up For Students. Of the 2,648 high school seniors using the scholarship, 94.1 percent earned a high school diploma in 2018-19. That’s down from 95.1 percent in the[Read More…]

NAEP 2019: Where do we go from here?

The aughts were a time of K-12 academic improvement. For some states, including Florida, that improvement started earlier, but included the era illustrated in this chart. All states began participating in NAEP exams in 2003. Most states experienced a pronounced improvement in eighth-grade reading and eighth-grade math from 2003 to[Read More…]

Growth in Florida’s education choice programs accelerating

Editor’s note: The data in this post are accurate as of 5:06 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced recently that the state’s new Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) program, enacted with bipartisan support, reached its 18,000-student enrollment cap only three months after[Read More…]

NAEP 2019: Where does Florida stand?

Year-to-year student achievement will always fluctuate, but how does Florida stand in the larger picture? While results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress should concern everyone involved with K-12 education, Florida’s long-term trend is holding despite the recent score stagnation. And as we reported last week, Florida maintained[Read More…]