Florida Schools Ranking From Education Week Drops To 28th

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s public schools are no longer ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Education Week on Thursday released its “Quality Counts” rankings for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Florida has fallen from sixth in the nation to 28th under the new revamped formula intended to focus more on outcomes instead of policies and procedures. Some of the criteria that was used previously has been eliminated.

The state’s grade fell from a B- in 2013 to a C. This year’s national average is C.

While the state earned some high marks for some of its student achievement the state earned poor scores due to how much money it spends per student.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said the new rankings prove the state’s focus on achievement is working.