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SAT, ACT: Florida students lag behind national averages

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SAT, ACT: Florida students lag behind national averages

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SAT, ACT: Florida students lag behind national averages

Florida students in the last year took the SAT in greater numbers than ever before, pushed by free test sessions at their schools, according to results for the class of 2018 released today. But on both the SAT and the ACT — its rival college admission exam that released results last week — state students continued to lag behind the nation, particularly on the math section of the exams. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

See also:
» The College Board's annual report for Florida SAT and PSAT (2018)
» Tampa senior earns perfect ACT score
» SAT reclaims title of most widely used college admission test

Florida colleges and universities with the highest-paid graduates

According to the latest College Scorecard released by the U.S. Department of Education, average earnings ten years after admission is nearly four times higher at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the school with the highest earnings, than the school with the lowest earnings, Ultimate Medical Academy in Clearwater. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

Fact-checking candidates on education

Like most issues in the Florida Governor's race, Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum are far apart on their plans for education. DeSantis says he has a plan to boost classroom spending while emphasizing career and technical training. Gillum wants to raise corporate taxes to fund a $1 billion boost to education spending and raise teacher salaries. [Source: FOX 4]

Florida school districts impacted by Hurricane Michael announce slated openings

Schools in areas hard hit by Hurricane Michael are all expected to reopen by mid-November. Liberty, Jackson and Calhoun counties plan to welcome students on Monday. Bay County, home to ravaged Panama City and Panama City Beach, plans to reopen schools no later than the week of Nov. 12. See the full list from the Florida Department of Education and read more from the Tallahassee Democrat and MyPanhandle.com.

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» FSU, FAMU, TCC launch relief efforts to aid Hurricane Michael victims

2019's Best Colleges in Florida – WalletHub Study

With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2019's Best College & University Rankings. Colleges were ranked using 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary. See which Florida colleges were ranked the highest by WalletHub, here.

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