Florida Schools Falling Behind

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new report shows that nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year and Florida had the worst rate in the nation.

For the entire country it's the largest failure rate since the much-criticized "No Child Left Behind" law took effect a decade ago.

The report shows that more than 43,000 schools did not make "adequate yearly progress" this year. The failure rates range from a low of 11 percent in Wisconsin to a high of 89% in Florida. Georgia's failure rate is 27%.

One bright spot the study's findings are far below the 82% failure rate that Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicted earlier this year.

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  • by Simple Math on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    If the politicians reduce education funding, the populace weakens mentally, and then they vote accordingly. It's not that shocking. I'd gladly pay double in taxes to ensure a better education system in Florida.
  • by Anon3 on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:22 PM
    Ok I know that the teachers here in FL only teach one thing and one thing only and thats to pass the FCATS well guess what people you dont teach a kid to pass the fcats what about reading and writing properly and talking properly. I have two children one who is gonna be 1 and guess what she will not go to school in Florida ever she goes to school in PA if she were to ever move down here I would home school her and my son you can definatly bet I will not send him to school I will home school him but I have 5 years for that.
  • by Wake up on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    Some of the comments on this site are proof of the poor education in this state. It's not just a lack of critical thinking, but not even basic training in English grammar, spelling and usage. This is stuff you should have learned by the 6th grade, people. You all keep whining that it doesn't matter; it's ok to have poor writing skills as long as someone can "understand" you. You present an arrogant mask to hide your ignorance and you trash educated people and scientists, criticizing "liberal" educators while voting for reactionary Republicans who are manipulating your intellectual softness for ill intended purposes.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    SO......I guess the DOE has been Lieing to us.....
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    What about it FEA. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the teachers..........I'm sure you will find an excuse. Why are the student in Florida not learning from the teachers?
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      by DTH on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to Jim
      Because the Teachers HAVE to Teach the FCAT instead of the what is really needed.
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        by SNA on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:00 AM in reply to DTH
        Isn't the FCAT what is really needed? When left to their own devices some school systems will dumb their curriculum down to the lowest denominator to show positive outcomes. With football players, I see a GPA of 3.5 or higher but their ACT or SAT scores are barely passable. A standard is needed - if the FCAT needs to be fixed, then let's fix it.
  • by Confused on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    I could just research it, but I will let you. Did Arne Duncan estimate the 82% rate for the whole country or for Florida? The article says Florida is at 89%. This is really bad! I have family working at the largest school system in Georgia, and i know the problems that schools face, but how is Florida so much farther behind than Georgia? Is it because they started at a higher level, so it was harder to "improve"? I know the is a problem in the larger areas in Georgia - especially where you have a higher population of people that don't speak english. How can those schools improve if everyone coming in can't even speak the language? Those ppl in those populations that do improve, move on to different areas so the school still doesn't improve.
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