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Education: Florida is facing protests and boycott threats for not waving everyone through its high school exit exam. It must be doing something right.
Shooting the messenger is an ancient sport in the education world. Don't like the outcome of a crucial test? Then protest the test. Sue, boycott, whatever. Just don't learn the lesson.
That has been the story lately in Florida, which is one of the early states to adopt serious standards-based testing.
In at least one respect, recently released scores from the 2003 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test were encouraging. Students across the state had better reading and math scores than last year at …