Reforms with Results: What Oklahoma Can Learn from Florida’s K-12 Education Revolution – Matthew Ladner, Oklahoma Council of Public AffairsSunday, August 15th, 2010
Florida lawmakers began a comprehensive education reform effort in 1999 combining accountability, transparency, and parental choice with other far-reaching changes. In March 2010, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released new results showing just how successful Florida’s reforms have been and how futile Oklahoma’s efforts have proved. This study documents how the latest NAEP results strengthen the case for Florida-style reforms. In 2009, some groups of traditionally underperforming students from Florida-including that state’s Hispanic students-widened their leads over the statewide average score for all Oklahoma students.