JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A recent international education study has put Florida on top of the world when it comes to reading among fourth graders in the state.
The world education study is conducted every four years and was released this week. And Florida's fourth grade reading scores were among the best in the world.
The study shows Florida's overall fourth grade reading scores were just two points behind Hong Kong, but they were not measurably different. Florida ranked at the top along with Hong Kong, Finland, Russia and Singapore. Four years ago, Florida ranked 9th among 57 international school systems.
The National Center for Education Statistics contributed the U.S. portion of the international exam.
Forty-seven school systems outside the United States scored lower than Florida in reading, including Canada, Germany, Great Britain and France.
Florida fourth graders were also above the global average in math and science.
Florida Governor Rick Scott called it great news for Florida.
Parent Michael Boris says that is a good reflection of the state's school system.
"It makes me feel proud that my son goes to school right here in Florida," said Boris.
"That's great, I have a fourth grader, it's impressive" said Nicola Sirdevan. "They work really hard. It's surprising because they always say scores are so low. It makes me more confident in the system."
Florida's interim education commissioner Pam Stewart says the results show Florida is on the right path as it moves toward implementing new common core standards over the next couple of years.
There is still work to do as Florida's fourth graders ranked just 9th in the world in math scores.
Among older students, the results are not quite as good. Florida's math scores in eighth grade were ranked just 16th out of 56 countries across the world.
First Coast News, Associated Press