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Florida Comes In 28th On State Education System Ranking

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 […]

Florida Schools Top “Social Mobility” Rankings

Five Florida schools are in the nation’s top 50 on a new ranking that measures how well graduates climb the economic ladder. Florida A&M University is ranked number three and Florida International University is ranked seventh on the Social Mobility Index created by CollegeNET, a higher education technology firm, and Payscale, which tracks worker pay. […]

Seeking Top 10 Ranking, University of Florida Adds New Staff

The University of Florida is adding more staff in its effort to climb into the top 10 of public research universities. Lawmakers set the goal for UF last year — and set aside $15 million for each of the next five years to get it done. The biggest portion of that money was used to […]

Florida High School Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

Florida’s high school graduation rate increased for the seventh consecutive year, according to new data from the Florida Department of Education. The percentage of students earning a high school diploma increased to 75.6 percent during the 2012-2013 school year, up from 74.5 percent the previous year. Graduation rates improved for every racial subgroup, except Asian-Americans, […]

Florida Ranked 6th Best on National Education Report Card

Florida is back in the top 10, according to Education Week’s annual ranking of state school districts. Florida ranked 6th in the 2013 Quality Counts rankings, earning top scores for standards, accountability, early childhood education and career preparation. The state’s lowest grades were for K-12 performance and school spending. Overall Florida earned a B- grade […]

Five Florida Schools Among Private Colleges With Lowest Graduation Rates

Five Florida schools have landed on a list of private colleges with the lowest graduation rates. Barry University in Miami Shores and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach had the sixth-, seventh-, and eight-lowest graduation rates, according to an analysis of federal data by CBS MoneyWatch. About one in […]

Florida Universities And Colleges Rank Well For Service, Research and Social Mobility

Five Florida universities rank among the nation’s top 100 for social mobility of graduates, research and service, according to Washington Monthly magazine. New College of Florida is the nation’s sixth-ranked liberal arts college, according to the magazine. Beacon College in Leesburg, which specializes in students with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities ranked 85th. The […]

Florida 2012 Education Funding Increase Fifth-Largest In Nation

Florida had the fifth-largest increase in per-student school funding this year, according to a new ranking from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Florida added $1 billion in additional K-12 funding in the current budget, moving the state to the middle of the pack for percentage of education funding cut since 2008. Last year […]

Florida Students Party Hard And Get Easy A’s According To Latest College Rankings

For those who love higher education rankings, the last week has been a bonanza. The lists suggest Florida has room for improvement in certain areas — unless you’re looking for a party school that doles out an easy curriculum. First, we look at Forbes’ annual list of America’s 650 Top Colleges. These rankings focus on […]

Study: Florida Ranks Second In National Test Score Gains

Florida ranked second in the nation in gains on a national education test, according to a study released by Education Next. The report used data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress in math, reading, and science. Researchers examined trends in student achievement in the U.S. and around the world from 1992 to 2011. The […]

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