Policy Documents

Lessons for Tennessee from Florida’s Education Revolution

Matthew Ladner –
February 1, 2011

Tennessee K-12 education experienced a “lost decade” while a decade of reforms led to extraordinary K-12 achievement gains in Florida, according to a study by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Beacon Center of Tennessee. The study compares fourth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It finds that Florida’s students, who ranked behind Tennessee in 1998, gained 20 points—the equivalent of two grade levels—to best Tennessee’s scores by nine points. On average, Florida’s Hispanic students outperform all Tennessee students.