Florida’s public education system has dropped dramatically in a widely cited ranking of the 50 states.
The drop from sixth place to 28th place on Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report is a black eye for state educators.
Two years ago, Gov. Rick Scott cited Florida’s high ranking as vindication of the state’s education policies. But the drop appears to have more to do with changes to Education Week’s methodology than any actual aberrations in Florida’s performance. The magazine explained that this year it was unveiling a “newer, leaner form that focuses on outcomes rather than on policy and processes.”