The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes that a talented workforce is Florida's best economic development tool toward ensuring businesses can successfully compete in the global marketplace. To secure Florida's future, the Florida Chamber continues building on its long-standing efforts to champion bold education reform policy centered on accountability, measuring successes and failures, rewarding good teachers and providing parents and students with options to achieve education success.
Below is an editorial that outlines the significance of education reform in Florida. The editorial was authored by Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson and was published yesterday in the Florida Times-Union.
Florida’s fourth- and eighth-grade students with disabilities were ranked first in the nation in combined math and reading gains.
Low-income students ranked third in combined progress in fourth- and eighth- grade reading and math scores.
Florida’s Hispanic students have made great strides in closing the achievement gap in fourth-grade reading and fourth- and eighth-grade math, improving a grade level each year since 2003 (combined average).
African-American students have closed the achievement gap with white students faster than the national average every year since 2003.