JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida may rank high in things like tourism, but according to the U-S News & World Report, the Sunshine State isn’t doing so well in pre-K through 12 education.
The magazine has Florida ranked 40th in the country for education.
The grade is based on a number of factors, including high school graduation rates and the number of students who are able to enroll in pre-K.
The Bad News:
The magazine ranked Florida #42 for national math scores and #41 for pre-K quality
The magazine also scored Florida poorly on high school graduation rates, ranking it #43
Just two months ago, the Florida Department of Education released data stating our graduation rates are at a 14-year high- with rates going up in both Duval and Clay counties. St. Johns County remains among top school districts.
The Good News:
- The magazine notes Florida was the top state in the country when it comes to higher education- beating out states like Utah, Washington and California.
- The magazine gave Florida high marks for tuition and fees, two- and four-year college graduation rates, and low graduation debt.