by Michael Van Beek
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
June 21, 2013
The remarkable improvements made by Florida students on national exams during the past 15 years coincided with key state policy changes that Michigan should now consider adopting. Florida’s average scores, after ranking below Michigan’s in the mid-1990s, surpassed them in 2009 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as “the nation’s report card. Florida’s students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, have been making substantial and unmistakable learning gains for more than a decade. Michigan policymakers should take notice. There’s a lot to learn from this other peninsular state.