Florida ranks ninth on "math progress index"
As this morning's St. Petersburg Times story noted, Florida ranks No. 8 among all 50 states in Education Week's latest Quality Counts report. A little lost in the story may be the fact that according to the report - and the latest national test score data - Florida ranks No. 9 in math progress.
The EdWeek folks whipped together a "math progress index" for the first time this year, based on NAEP math scores, AP scores and a few other indicators. (You can read more about in on page 6 here.)
Florida came in at No. 26 in the percentage of fourth graders who scored at proficient or above on the 2009 NAEP, and at No. 35 in the percentage of eighth graders who did so. But it came in at No. 9, at both grade levels, among states that have made the most progress in proficiency rates since 2009, and at No. 2 among states that have most narrowed the achievement gap for low-income students.
The top-ranked states in math progress are Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire. The lowest ranked are Louisiana, Mississippi and Arizona.
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