Florida schools still sit above national average


Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:49 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. A new study shows Florida's schools are continuing to improve, but notes a significant performance gap between students who are fluent in English and those still learning the language.

Education Week's annual Quality Counts report card gives Florida a B-minus in policy and performance. That's a slight improvement over its grade last year and higher than the national average of a C.

The study focused on students who are English-language learners, a population that has grown by more than 50 percent in Florida and around the country between 1995 and 2005.

In Florida, state tests show about 48 percent are proficient in math, compared to 66 percent of all students. In reading, just 36 percent of English-learners are proficient, compared to 59 percent of all 4th and 8th graders.

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