Education Week’s Quality Counts 2019 Report Ranks Florida 4th in the Nation

Author: Helios Education Foundation

September 19, 2019

Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran celebrated the impactful work of Florida’s educators this week, which ranked the state 4th in the nation for K-12 student advancement according to Education Week’s recently released Quality Counts 2019 report.

“Congratulations to every educator in Florida who tirelessly works to ensure each student maximizes his or her potential through education” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. Education is the most effective path along the road to success. Not only do Florida’s children deserve a limitless future, one that comes from a quality K-12 education, Florida’s businesses need a robust workforce ready to attract diverse industries to the state. Both potential and opportunity begin with a quality K-12 school system.

Education milestones, such as reading on grade level by 4th grade and grade-level proficiency in mathematics by 8th grade, are often indicators of future academic success. The 2019 Quality Counts Report noted that Florida is only one of eight states to reduce the achievement gap for both low-income 4th and 8th graders since 2003. Ensuring a solid foundation upon which students build toward their highest academic potential is critical. The accomplishments of Florida’s education leaders, district administrators, and classroom teachers continue to ensure the state’s children graduate high school with a high-quality education, prepared for success in college and career.   

For more information on the Quality Counts 2019 report, visit

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