Florida’s earned a C grade and ranked 28th overall on this year’s Education Week Quality Counts ratings.
Education Week gave the state strong scores for equity in student achievement. Test results show minority students generally perform better in Florida than other states, and the gap between white and minority student scores is smaller in Florida than other states.
But Education Week took big deductions for what Florida spends on education. Florida earned an F for school spending.
Education Week didn’t rank states overall last year, but in 2013 Florida ranked sixth in the nation. The comparison is slightly unfair because Education Week changed the criteria used to rank schools this year.
Massachusetts earned the nation’s highest grade with a B, followed by New Jersey and Maryland. Mississippi earned the nation’s lowest grade of D, just ahead of Nevada and New Mexico.
Check out the full Education Week Quality Counts report here.