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December 4, 2001

CONTACT: Lauren Cain
Director of Communications

Florida Education Secretary to Meet with U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige — One of five state education leaders invited to discuss student achievement data

Florida Board of Education Secretary Jim Horne is one of only five education leaders from throughout the country to join U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige tomorrow in Washington, D.C. in a candid discussion of student assessment data and research.

"Only a handful of states — Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — currently possess robust systems of 'value-added' data," Secretary Paige wrote in his invitation. "Considering the millions of dollars that this Department and other groups spend on research, too many of the important research questions go unanswered by definitive evidence. Except in reading, education research too often as been unable to tell us what we want to know about the policies that Congress and states debate and enact regularly."

The Secretary's Forum on Research and Value-Added Assessment Data will take place Wednesday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Secretary's Conference Room at the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC.