Florida's system of K-12 education produced strong achievement growth over the last decade. Today the average Hispanic student in Florida outscores the statewide average of all students in 15 different states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth-grade reading exam.
Florida's students also demonstrate high achievement on other assessments. Recent results show that Hispanic students in Florida almost always out-perform their peers in big-spending states, though results are more mixed for black students. Yet, despite Florida's below-average per-pupil spending, achievement for black and Hispanic students almost always exceeds the national average.
A new NRPI article discusses some lawsuits against Florida which claim the state needs to increase funding to improve results. NPRI demonstrates, again, that despite Florida's low per-pupil spending, it still dominates many of the biggest spenders in America.
Read the full article, Frivolous in Florida, here.