Class Notes: Florida schools ranked fifth in the nation

JOE LANDON

I saw a recent news story about Florida ranking 47th in the nation in teacher salaries. While we’re looking at reports on education, I want to share the results of an annual survey released in January, but not really reported on elsewhere. Florida schools are ranked fifth in the nation — this according to the 2011 “Quality Counts” report released by Education Week, the newspaper of record for American education news.

Florida’s ranking is up from eighth last year and 11th the year before. We received a B- for our fifth place finish, but there were no A grades handed out. Maryland ranked first in the nation with a B+, New York got a B for its second place finish, Massachusetts a B for coming in third, and Virginia, just a notch above us, coming in fourth, also got a B- grade.

While on the topic of education in Florida, the Department of Education has launched a new Web tool for parents. The new “Success Measures” website was created to help you understand how changes to Florida’s standards and assessments in the months and years to come will impact your children. The site includes a new “Success Measures Pathway Tool” to help you and your kids pull up personalized student-by-student reports showing what’s being taught and tested in our classrooms. To visit the site, go to www.fldoe.org/SuccessMeasures.

Moms and dads, you can watch TV to find out about the changes we’ll be seeing in our elementary, middle, and especially high schools when the class-size reduction amendment needs to be followed to the letter beginning in August. The topic is front and center on the Parent Connection show, on at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, on the Education Channel, cable 99, and online at www.collierschools.com.

Martha Hayes, the district’s chief onstructional officer, is the guest. And a bunch of high school hot topics will be the focus of our next Education Exchange TV show, on “live at 5” Wednesday evening. Two high school principals, two involved parents, and two teachers will be taking seats at the table for this lively panel discussion show. It, too, is on the Education Channel - again, 5 o’clock Wednesday.

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