Florida's fourth-graders ranked second in the world in reading skills last year, according to the results of an international study released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics.
The average score of the state's fourth-grade students on the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study was 569, 69 points higher than the world average and 13 points higher than the national average.
"This report is great news for Florida as our state becomes a hub for global commerce, and grows jobs aimed at meeting the world's needs. We'll continue taking steps to enhance Florida's K-12 system so every Florida child has access to a quality education," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.
Florida's fourth- and eighth-graders also held their own in math and science, scoring on par with the national average in those disciplines.
PIRLS is an international assessment of fourth-grade reading comprehension conducted every five years.
Meanwhile, the Seminole County School District just missed out on federal funding from the Race to the Top contest. The district was one of five finalists but was not awarded funding. Miami-Dade County will get millions of dollars to be used to support middle school math.