Florida Ranked Among The Leaders in Academic Performance by Education Week’s Quality Counts Report

Author: Helios Education Foundation

September 19, 2018

The third and final installment of Education Week’s Quality Counts report, which centered on K-12 Achievement, recently ranked Florida 4th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia with an average score of a C+ in this pillar. The first two installments of the Quality Counts report examined students’ chance for success and school finance, respectively. In those reports, Florida obtained a letter grade of a C and a D+. Considering all three pillars, the state earned a C, which places it on par with the nation’s grade.   

For this ranking, K-12 achievement is a measurement of how much students actually learn, whether they complete their education, and how states compare. The Education Week Research Center used 18 indicators including test scores and graduation rates, among others. Florida earned a letter grade of a C+ with a composite score of 78.4 points out of 100, which placed the state only behind Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, all states that have consistently led in the rankings.  

“We are proud of the progress that Florida has made in K-12 achievement,” said Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President for Florida Community Engagement with Helios Education Foundation. “We also understand that there is more work to do to ensure every student, regardless of zip code, receives a high quality education.” 

Additionally, the scores rely heavily on math and reading National Assessment of Educational Progress results.  Other elements of the index include Advanced Placement exam scores and high school graduation rates.  

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