The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics has released results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), where Florida State outperformed the rest of the 52 education systems participating, becoming this way the world leader.
In this PIRLS, reading skills of fourth graders are compared with their peers around the world. Florida participated as a separate education system than the U.S. one. Just 4 other education systems were not measurably different and the remaining 48 scored lower. The world average was 500 and Florida had an average of 569.
Jeb Bush, who was governor of Florida from 1999-2007 and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education declared: “Reading is the gateway to learning. We cannot rest until every child has gained the power that comes through reading. If Florida can do it, every state can and must”.