Where does Florida fall among the best and worst states for teachers?
There's good news and bad news for Florida when it comes to teachers: the good news is we're not the worst state in the union for job opportunities and academic and work environments. The bad news is we're nowhere near the top.
The sunshine state came out in the middle of the pack, ranked 28th out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in a list released Monday by WalletHub, a website centered around personal financial management. The website scored states on 16 metrics such as median annual salary for teachers, pupil-teacher ratio and spending per student. New Jersey took the No. 1 spot and Hawaii ranked in last place.
Florida scored high in the categories of lowest projected competition (meaning the job market will be less competitive by 2022), an annual evaluation for teachers required by the state and in teacher effectiveness, which takes into account student growth in teacher evaluations.
We didn't do so hot in median average salary for teachers, WalletHub's "working moms" ranking, average commuter time and average teacher pensions adjusted for the cost of living.
Here's Florida's scorecard. Ranking comes first, followed by any supplemental information:
Average Starting Salary for Teachers Adjusted for Cost of Living: 25, $34,991 (2012-2013 and 2015)
Annual Median Teachers Salary Adjusted for Cost of Living 44, $48,954 (2015-2016)
Teachers’ Income Growth Potential - Annual Teacher Wage Disparity (2015; 90th percentile/50th percentile): 20, 1.43
Average Teacher Pensions Adjusted for Cost of Living (2016 and 2015): 39, $19,667
Projected Number of Teachers per 1,000 Students by Year 2022 (2013): 6, 35.21
Public School Enrollment Growth (Fall 2013 to Fall 2014): 20, 0.5 percent
10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries (measures change in constant dollars for teacher salaries from the 2005-06 school year to the 2015-16 school year) (2016): 37, 13.6 percent
WalletHub “School Systems” Ranking (2016) Annual Evaluation Requirement for all Teachers (2015; 1: State requires annual evaluations for all teachers, 0: State doesn’t annual evaluations for all teachers): 14
Teacher Effectiveness (2015; 1: No state policy requiring student growth in teacher evaluations; 0.5: Student growth in teacher evaluations is a part of ESEA waiver only; 0: State policy requires student growth in teacher evaluations): 1
Pupil/Teacher Ratio (2013-2014; The total reported students divided by the FTE classroom teachers): 29, 15.3
WalletHub “Underprivileged Children” Ranking (2016): 39
Total current expenditures for public elementary and secondary day schools per student (2015-2016): 37, $9,206
Average Commute Time (2014-15): 39, 26.1
WalletHub “Working Moms” Ranking (2016): 40
To see how other states stack up, click here.