To save Florida’s children from failing schools, I took on the powerful education unions, created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation and coupled that with a bold accountability system. As a result, Florida’s children have made vast improvements in reading and math.–Jeb Bush
Jeb is right that education in Florida has improved as it has throughout the South. Education in Florida had much room for improvement. Here is an interactive report on progress:
Depending on the year chosen for comparison (there is no data for 2000), Florida can be seen to have made at least modest gains. So how are children in Florida doing in school?
Florida’s fourth grade mathematics scores are average, slightly better than NY and slightly below PA. Jeb’s suggestion that Florida’s schools have improved is correct, most states have improved, but the implication that Florida’s schools are exceptional is wrong.
Jeb’s mistaken claims are much like Scott Walker’s, who also claims success in improving education that can’t be documented.