On a measurement of adult numeracy recently released by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), Florida ranks 44th among the states plus DC (51 total jurisdictions).
The NCES used the results of PIAAC (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) to assess adult literacy and numeracy at the state and county levels. The ranking of states shown below is for the average scale score for numeracy.
Despite Florida’s apparent success on NAEP assessments for reading at the 4th and 8th grade levels and 4th grade math, the state lags the nation in the rates at which it graduates college students in science and engineering fields. Furthermore, while Florida is a national leader on Advanced Placement exams in the social sciences because of an aggressive publicly-funded system of incentives, the state is only average for AP exams in STEM subjects.
Florida’s low numeracy ranking suggests that the state doesn’t value this set of skills, making it more difficult for the state’s leaders to push for improved math instruction in the future.
Hat tip to OPPAGA (the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and General Accountability) for highlighting the release of the PIAAC results in their weekly newsletter.