2015 How Florida Compares - Education

Overview

In 2015, the Florida Legislature appropriated $22.925 billion dollars for education, an increase of more than $400 million over the 2014 education appropriation. This represents almost 30% of the state’s total $78.295 billion budget for FY2015-16.

The total appropriation is used to provide education programs and services to:

  • more than 2.7 million students in 3,572 public schools in Florida;
  • the Florida College System (FCS), a network of 28 community colleges and state colleges serving nearly 1 in every 21 Floridians. The FCS is the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, enrolling returning adult students and 65% of recent high school graduates; and
  • the 337,000 students enrolled in the state’s 12 public universities, which offer more than 1,700 degree programs. The State University System awarded more than 60,000 bachelor’s and 22,000 graduate degrees in 2013-14, making it one of the strongest performing public university systems in the U.S.

 
Enrollment
 

Florida ranks 3rd in the number of students enrolled in public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 8 and 4th in the number of students enrolled in public schools in grades 9 through 12. 

Only California and Texas have more students enrolled in grades pre-K through 8, and only California, Texas and New York have more students enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Florida’s student- teacher ratio moved up two spots from last year, from 25th to 23rd among the U.S. states and District of Columbia. Only California and Texas have greater fall enrollments in public degree-granting post- secondary institutions.

 
Achievement
 

Florida ranks high (5th) in terms of the percentage of fourth-graders who perform at or above the NAEP basic level for fourth-grade reading, and the percentage that performs at or above or above the NAEP proficient level for fourth-grade reading (12th).

Florida ranks considerably lower in terms of the percentage of eighth-graders who perform at or above the NAEP basic level for eighth-grade reading (28th), and the percentage that performs at or above or above the NAEP proficient level for eighth-grade reading (31st).

Florida students do not fare as well in math, ranking 21st in terms of the percentage of fourth-graders who perform at or above the NAEP basic level for fourth-grade math, and the percentage that performs at or above or above the NAEP proficient level for eighth- grade math (27th). Florida eighth-graders rank 36th in terms of the percentage of eighth-graders who perform at or above the NAEP basic level for eighth-grade math, and the percentage that performs at or above or above the NAEP proficient level for eighth- grade math (35th).

 
Attainment
 

Florida ranks low (38th) in terms of the percentage aged 18 to 24 years who completed high school. In addition, almost 14% of Floridians aged 25 or older did not complete high school.

Only 17.3 percent of Floridians aged 25 or older have attained a bachelor’s degree, ranking Florida 31st. Florida also ranked 28th in terms of the percentage of the population aged 25 or above that has attained a graduate degree.

Florida’s public universities and colleges ranked high in terms of the number of degrees conferred in 2011-12. Only California and Texas conferred more Bachelor’s and Doctor’s degrees. Only Texas, California and New York conferred more Master’s degrees.

 
Finances
 

Higher education in Florida remains one of the best values in the U.S. Tuition at both two-year and four-year institutions is low. Only Wyoming offers lower in-state tuition and required fees to attend public four-year institutions. Florida ranks 44th in terms of average tuition and required fees to attend a public two-year institution.

Florida continues to rank among the lowest states in terms of elementary and secondary school per-student spending (42nd) and average teacher salaries (45th).

Percentage of 4th graders at or above NAEP Proficient level in Reading

Data for 2013*

Florida's Rank:


12


RankSTATEValue
   
 United States34
01Massachusetts47
02Maryland45
02New Hampshire45
04Connecticut43
04Virginia43
06Vermont42
06New Jersey42
08Minnesota41
08Colorado41
10Pennsylvania40
10Washington40
12

Florida

39
13Rhode Island38
13Delaware38
13Indiana38
13Iowa38
13Kansas38
18Maine37
18Nebraska37
18New York37
18Ohio37
18Utah37
18Wyoming37
24Kentucky36
25North Carolina35
25Missouri35
25Montana35
25Wisconsin35
29Tennessee34
29North Dakota34
29Georgia34
29Illinois34
34Idaho33
34Oregon33
36South Dakota32
36Arkansas32
38Alabama31
38Michigan31
40Oklahoma30
40Hawaii30
42Arizona28
42South Carolina28
42Texas28
45West Virginia27
45Alaska27
45California27
45Nevada27
49Wash., DC23
49Louisiana23
51New Mexico21
51Mississippi21

*The best available existing data that permit accurate state-to-state comparisons are from the National Center for Education Statistics. Due to the time required for the organization to collect and verify nationwide data, more current data may be available for some states. 

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