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Florida graduation rates

Posted on: Thursday December 22nd, 2011

By Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

The story behind calculating Florida's extraordinary graduation rates.

The headline is:  Florida High School Graduation Rate is Highest Ever.

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that the Florida State Department of Education has announced that the state’s graduation rate is now 80.1 percent.  The graduation rate for Hispanics is 77.3 percent and that for Black students is 68.4 percent.

These are extraordinary numbers.

Just how extraordinary are they?  The newspaper notes that:

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

Dream Defenders Deliver 2014 State of the Youth Address

Posted on: Thursday January 30th, 2014

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers.

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Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers. 

Dream Defenders: 2014 State of the Youth Address

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-01-30

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

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Federal Complaint Against FL for Setting Lower Standards for Students of Color

Posted on: Wednesday August 7th, 2013

Advocates in Florida have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state Department of Education for setting lower achievement standards for students of color and thereby "perpetuating the prejudiced perception that African-American and Hispanic students are less capable than their white and Asian-American peers."

The standards and accountability movement, to which many politicians subscribe, has had a rough couple weeks, particularly in Florida. Former Florida schools chief Tony Bennett resigned last week after a scandal about his tinkering with school performance statistics. And now, advocates in the state have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state Department of Education for setting different (and lower) achievement standards for students of color.

Bennett's Rigged School Ratings Just Par for the "Accountability" Course

Posted on: Thursday August 1st, 2013

FL Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who made his name advocating for school "accountability," is resigning in the wake of a scandal over his role in minipulating school rankings. There's a bigger problem: "Accountability" is part of a rigged education reform agenda that demonizes struggling pubic schools while letting policymakers off the hook for failing to invest in them.

Tony Bennett, Florida's now-ex-Education Commissioner, resigned today in the wake of a scandal over his role in influencing the rating of an underperforming charter school.

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Organization: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
Data
Category: 
Early Care and Education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

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Ending Suspensions Is a Team Effort

Posted on: Monday June 3rd, 2013

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

Cross-Sector Advocates Release Action Plan for Reducing Suspensions in NYC
Highlights Positive Discipline Strategies from Across the Nation

The "Dirty Dozen": How Charters Influence Enrollment

Posted on: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Charter schools get a lot of hype in our nation's education debate, yet proponents of charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment.

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