2009 NAEP Science buzz: Will it be enough to make FSBA back off?
The scores are “just not good enough for Florida,” said Steven Birnholz, vice president for research at the Florida Council of 100, a group of influential business leaders. “The world is moving on, and we have a choice: We can either jump aboard the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) train and get to the top of the scores … or stay where we are and hope that’s enough.”
- From the St. Pete Times
We simply have to get better at this.
- Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith, in the St. Pete Times
We have significant ground to capture in moving to a competitive level.
- Commissioner Smith, in the Orlando Sentinel
We’re bringing in all these fancy biotech companies, and we’re importing these scientists and we’re training our students to make the beds for them.
- Me, in the St. Pete Times
I’m afraid these scores show our system … is just not producing science students that have what is necessary to keep the country competitive.
Will this be enough to get the Florida School Boards Association to back off from its goal of watering down high school graduation requirements and the state’s new science standards?