Florida, often considered a leader in school reform, wasn’t ranked among the top 10 in the nation for public education this year.
It wasn’t even in the top 20.
The state earned 28th in an overall ranking of states and the District of Columbia published each year by Education Week in its “Quality Counts” report. That’s a significant drop from past years in which Florida ranked as high as fifth and no lower than 11th. Education Week, a well-regarded publication among school professionals, chose not to give an overall ranking for 2014 as part of an effort to “reassess the education policy landscape.” Florida’s last overall placement was sixth in 2013.
The earlier top rankings were in large because of Florida’s high marks for testing and school accountability.