Update: Florida School Ratings Show Increase in Both A and F rated Schools
Florida’s school rankings again showed both improvement and worsening in the latest results. Unfortunately, F rated schools increased at a rate of 68 percent while A rated schools increased by only 25%. Next year the state of Florida will start a new system for rating schools that will likely see ratings plummet. When New York State switched to the Common Core system as Florida will, nearly 70% of students failed the test, which of course caused an uproar.
Parents moving kids to Florida rely on how well the school district is ranked where they will be moving to. Unfortunately, if the state of Florida uses a different measuring stick than the state you’re moving from, how can you tell how the school ranks compared to where the kids now go? Sure, the school might be rated A in Florida, but what grade would that school get if it was compared to the one they now attend, a C? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a candle manufacturer was talking about the unexpected challenges of moving plants from overseas back to the US. The problem? Young prospective job applicants couldn’t do math. No, not complicated math but basic simple math.
It’s hard enough for kids to be moved a 1000 miles away from family, friends and schools they know and start in a new school system. It would be so much more helpful if there was a way for parents moving from one state to another to be confident that they’re at least sending their kids to a school where they can actually learn, and in a safe environment which is another real concern in Florida.
Moving to the state of Florida with school age children?
In years past, Florida’s high school graduation rates were not considered that bad. It turns out that’s because Florida schools counted students who got GED’s or “special education diplomas” in their graduation rates, unlike other states according to an article in the Palm Beach Post. The US Department of Education has now released a report that shows how graduations rates compare among US states. This year is the first year that the department published such a report, and it only counts standard high school diplomas. Florida’s graduation rate wasn’t the worst in the US, but it was 6th from the bottom.
Florida’s Governor Scott was criticized in the past for cutting education funds by 1.3 billion dollars to balance the budget due to lasting effects of the economic downturn. He then restored 1 billion of that cut inn following years. An official of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future has said Florida’s schools face difficulties, such as challenging demographics where 57% of public school students receive reduced or free lunches.
We have been cautioning parents who move to Florida with kids to be sure to do their homework when choosing a place to live. There have been numerous violent crimes against students that have made national headlines over the last few years. You probably know where the good schools are in the area you now live. A similar knowledge about where you’re moving will help to keep them safer and better educated in their new home.
Research Florida Schools Ratings and Crime Rates for the Whole District
So you think you found a nice area to live in Florida that has a reasonable crime rate, one you can live with. Have you looked at the crime rates for the areas that the other kids in your child’s Florida school come from? I’ve been surprised by the number of attacks on students by other students that happen when the new kid first starts school. Moving to a totally new area and going to a new school where they don’t know anyone is traumatic enough for most kids, they really don’t need to become the victims of violent crime on top of it.
Another issue is how transient Florida is as a state. A high number of people that make permanent moves to Florida dislike the state after they learn that living there is different than they thought. Moving kids to Florida only to move them back home or yet somewhere else new can really set kids back. Parents moving to Florida with school age children really need to exercise special care.