Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Which is it, top or bottom?

Florida's education rankings difficult to fathom

Want to know how Florida measures up against other states, education-wise? Good luck trying to figure it all out.

BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com

Everyone knows that Florida ranks at the bottom when it comes to education. Except when it ranks near the top.

Depending on whom you ask, where you look and what year it is, Florida's standing compared to the rest of the nation is all over the map.

Read the whole article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/v-fullstory/story/1181951.html

Education rankings: Placing Florida A sampling of where Florida stands in national education rankings:

Rank Category Source
10th overall quality of education; 2009 `Education Week' Quality Counts report
12th beginning teacher pay; 2007 American Federation of Teachers survey
22nd fourth-grade reading; 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress
24th average teacher pay; 2007 American Federation of Teachers
36th per-student spending; 2007 U.S. Census Public Education Finances report
50th income to public schools; 2007 U.S. Census Public Education Finances report

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