Florida ranks fourth in the nation for academic achievement, according to an annual education report released this week.
The Sunshine State did well in the Quality Counts report in large part because last year its fourth and eighth graders made strong gains on national math and reading exams. It was one of a few states to show improvements on those tests.
The report, published by the education newspaper Education Week, attempts to grade states based on educational data.
It gave the nation as a whole a C grade on its “K-12 Achievement Index.” It said this “middling” grade represented “modest progress” during the past decade.