Monthly Archives: June 2011

Is the weak content understanding of middle school math teachers the “Achilles heel” of the move to Common Core math standards?

TIMMS/TEDS guru William Schmidt, along with collaborators Richard Houang and Leland Cogan, raises this possibility in a commentary in the June 10 issue of Science. You can read the Michigan State University press release here, and you can access the … Continue reading

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Florida Education Commissioner search: No word on who is coming to Tallahassee on Monday

The State Board of Education will interview finalists for the job of Florida Education Commissioner this coming Monday, June 20.  It also seems likely the board will select a new commissioner that day. But we don’t know who they’re interviewing … Continue reading

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NY Times: Computer science a hot college major again

According to the New York Times, computer science is a hot college major again in part because of the movie The Social Network. From the article: Still, computer science graduates do not come close to filling the jobs available. Technology … Continue reading

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St. Pete Times editorial: Early childhood education makes economic sense

A St. Pete Times editorial published this morning argues that a strong investment in early childhood education is a sound, fiscally responsible investment.  It begins, A recent study in the journal Science is a reminder of the long-term costs Florida … Continue reading

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CBS News on the engineer shortage

From last night’s broadcast. Thanks to Tallahassee Community College Physics Professor Jim Carr for pointing this out. From the report:  “America’s high schools are obsolete.”  

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Politico article on business involvement in state education reform: When will businesses get serious about pushing math and science?

An article in Politico outlines efforts by businesses to push education reform efforts and the state and local levels.  Business advocacy for changes in teacher evaluation systems was particularly featured in the article. But the article also claims that “private-sector … Continue reading

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High school chemistry: iPads are fine, but where are the real laboratory measurements?

On Monday, the Florida Times-Union featured a chemistry class at Oakleaf High School in affluent Clay County that was using iPads and iPods as primary teaching tools, and had pretty much done away with textbooks. Good riddance to the textbooks. … Continue reading

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Florida appears poised to replace one member of the “Chiefs for Change” with another: Science is not a priority for the Chiefs

With the departure of Eric Smith as Florida Education Commissioner and the apparently imminent appointment of Virginia Education Secretary Gerard Robinson as his successor, the small group of reform-minded state executive education officers called the “Chiefs for Change” appears ready … Continue reading

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For the presumptive new Florida Education Commissioner: VA vs. FL in science and engineering readiness indicators

This is for the presumptive new Florida Education Commissioner, Virginia Education Secretary Gerard Robinson.  Here is a comparison of some indicators of the readiness of students in Virginia and Florida for science and engineering career tracks.  This is what Secretary … Continue reading

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The Algebra 1 EOC results and the Lake Wobegon Effect

Florida’s Algebra 1 students answered 41% of the questions correctly on the inaugural Algebra 1 end-of-course examination.  (Reports from the Orlando Sentinel and Gradebook). The district-level results were released with two sets of statistics.  First, each district had an average … Continue reading

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