Florida’s public school administrators are ready and willing to work with state education officials to overhaul a broken testing regime, improve teacher accountability and experiment with proven academic strategies.
Now the superintendents have another arrow in their quiver: the education experts Gov. Rick Scott and his appointees should be consulting about raising teacher and student performance are actually in Florida’s classrooms right now. The National Center on Teacher Quality gave Florida its highest grade in the nation in its State Teacher Policy Yearbook released Wednesday. The center, funded by grants from education reform-minded organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corp. of New York and the Gleasson Family Foundation, cited Florida’s improvement in four of the five categories it evaluates.
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