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Florida moves up in national education ranks, now 6th

5:37 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida earns a good report card from Education Week.

The latest Quality Counts report puts Florida's education system in the top 10 in the nation. The state moves up from 11th to 6th place among the states.

The report gives Florida an overall grade of B-. That's up from a C+ last year.

States are graded in six areas. Florida gets an A on measuring students' performance, as well as aligning early education with K-12.

But the report gives Florida an F for education funding.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart takes issue with that F. She thinks the report should focus more on the return on investment: how the education system is performing with its funding.

"That's a way that we look at our performance in Florida. So just putting money in does not necessarily indicate that you're going to get great things just because you add more money."

The top-ranked state is Maryland. It gets a grade of B+. That's the highest grade awarded this year.

The overall grade for the nation is a C+.

First Coast News