Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is talking about education, and the performance of Florida education under his administration certainly merits attention. A quick look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data for Kentucky and Florida shows some amazing progress has been made in Mr. Bush’s state.
For example, the graph below shows that Florida came from well behind Kentucky in Grade four reading in 1994 to slightly exceed our performance by 2007. That’s really remarkable.
Things get more interesting when we compare how much Florida reduced the fourth grade White to Black reading gap on the NAEP between 1994 and 2007 compared to what happened in Kentucky.
Finally, Florida really moved out beyond us on eight grade writing over the period of time the NAEP has assessed this at the state level.
So, Governor Bush is definitely worth listening to.
Check out Gov. Bush’s 7 Education Principles.