K-12 Math in Florida

As K-12 achievement index is one of the ways to measure the success of an educational implementation in a state, former reports have shown that Florida continues to provide great K-12 education, resulting in high achievement standards. After maintaining 4th place in K-12 achievement for two consecutive years, Florida has successfully made it to the top 3 states in 2020. The state’s achievement grade also improved to B-, which is higher than the nation’s grade of C. With Florida in the first year of a three-year transition from Common Core Curriculum to its Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T) Standards, it is expected that K-12 students in Florida can continue to advance in national rankings.


Besides amending the standards, 18 school districts in Florida have participated in Districts for Impact to identify what’s working in one school district. The results will be shared with other districts, with the goal to provide the best practices and learnings for K-12 students in Florida.


2021 School District Performance in Florida

Florida has a total of 74 school districts. According to the U.S. Department of Education, St. John County School District is #1 Best School District in Florida, followed by Sarasota County Schools in #2, and Okaloosa County School District in #3. These rankings are based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.


RankSchool DistrictRankSchool District
#1St. Johns County School District#26Gilchrist County School District
#2Sarasota County Schools#27Pasco County School District
#3Okaloosa County School District#28Broward County Public Schools
#4Seminole County Public Schools#29Wakulla County School District
#5Martin County School District#30Bay District Schools
#6Collier County Public Schools#31Columbia County School District
#7Clay County School District#32Hernando County School District
#8Lafayette School District#33Lee County Public Schools
#9Indian River County School District#34Union County School District
#10Santa Rosa County School District#35Citrus County Schools
#11Leon County Schools#36Marion County Public Schools
#12Alachua County Public Schools#37Jackson County Schools
#13Nassau County School District#38Manatee County School District
#14Monroe County School District#39St. Lucie Public Schools
#15Charlotte County Public Schools#40Duval County Public Schools
#16Brevard Public Schools#41Suwannee County Schools
#17Pinellas County Schools#42Washington County School District
#18Sumter School District#43Dixie School District
#19Palm Beach County School District#44Volusia County Schools
#20Calhoun County School District#45Lake County Schools
#21Miami-Dade County Public Schools#46Gulf County Schools
#22Walton County School District#47Osceola County School District
#23Flagler County Public Schools#48Polk County Public Schools
#24Hillsborough County Public Schools#49Miccosukee Indian School
#25Orange County Public Schools#50Escambia County School District


Based on the state math assessment test scores, 80% of students in St. Johns County School District (rank #1) are proficient in math; 55% of students in Orange County Public Schools (rank #25) are proficient in math; 49% of students in Escambia County School District (rank #50) are proficient in math. Since there are no direct correlations calculated between teacher qualities, or college preparedness to school district rankings, it is difficult to conclude as to why some school districts in Florida have better math performance than the others.



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Florida’s K-12 achievement ranks 3rd in US, up one spot from 2019 – islandernews.com

Florida earns average grade in Education Weekly assessment – thecentersquare.com

Impact Florida helps close student achievement gaps, drive fair education – floridapolitics.com

2021 Best School Districts in Florida – niche.com

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