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).

Public school enrollment in prekindergarten through grade 8

Data for 2012-13*

Florida's Rank:


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RankSTATEValue
   
 United States35,017,893
01California4,331,807
02Texas3,690,146
03

Florida

1,892,560
04New York1,868,561
05Illinois1,448,201
06Georgia1,222,289
07Ohio1,211,299
08Pennsylvania1,204,732
09North Carolina1,080,090
10Michigan1,061,930
11New Jersey956,070
12Virginia889,444
13Arizona767,734
14Indiana725,040
15Washington724,560
16Tennessee711,525
17Massachusetts667,267
18Missouri647,530
19Colorado617,510
20Wisconsin606,754
21Maryland602,802
22Minnesota583,363
23Alabama527,434
24South Carolina527,350
25Louisiana524,792
26Oklahoma496,144
27Kentucky491,065
28Utah444,202
29Oregon409,325
30Connecticut380,709
31Mississippi356,364
32Iowa355,041
33Kansas349,695
34Arkansas347,631
35Nevada313,730
36New Mexico240,978
37Nebraska215,432
38West Virginia202,371
39Idaho202,203
40Hawaii133,590
41New Hampshire128,169
42Maine127,924
43Montana100,819
44Rhode Island97,809
45South Dakota93,204
46Alaska93,069
47Delaware91,004
48North Dakota70,995
49Wyoming65,290
50Vermont62,067
51Wash., DC58,273

*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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