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PRESS RELEASE

May 15, 2003

Frances Marine
Press Secretary
(850) 201-7130

Princeton Review Ranks Florida's School Testing Program Among Best in the Nation

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today announced that Florida ranks No. 6 in the country for best practices in school testing, according to a report released May 6 by The Princeton Review. Testing the Testers 2003: An Annual Ranking of State Accountability Systems analyzes nationwide accountability practices as states prepare to comply with the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

"This analysis clearly shows how Florida's education system is leading the way in annual student learning gains and school accountability measures," said Governor Jeb Bush. "The components of the A+ Plan for Education ensure continuous improvement in student achievement."

During a six-month study, The Princeton Review collected data from each state and the District of Columbia. The states were ranked on 22 indicators in four major criteria: academic alignment to states' curriculum standards; test quality; the openness of the testing program to public review and ongoing improvement; and policy systems that support the educational goals of the state.

Florida Education Commissioner Jim Horne lauded the efforts of all Florida educators. "To receive national recognition for what is being accomplished in Florida means that our school administrators and teachers are taking performance measures to heart," said Horne. "We are utilizing standards created by teachers to ensure that students are gaining the skills they need at each grade level."

Below is a ranking of the top 10 states. The entire Princeton Review study is available online at www.princetonreview.com/statestudy.

Top 10 Ranked Programs for School Testing According to the Princeton Review

Rank State
1 New York
2 Massachusetts
3 Texas
4 North Carolina
5 Virginia
6 Florida
6 Louisiana
8 Arizona
8 Oklahoma
10 California