Monthly Archives: June 2011

Florida Education Commissioner search: five finalists

The Florida Board of Education has released the names of the five finalists for the Education Commissioner job.  They are being flown in today for interviews at the Tampa Airport. See the Orlando Sentinel for the story. Virginia Education Secretary … Continue reading

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Florida Education Commissioner interviews on for this afternoon – but the names of the finalists haven’t been released to the public yet

So much for the Sunshine Laws. I was a member of the Search Advisory Committee for the FSU Presidency in 2009, and we would never have gotten away with this.  And no, it wasn’t a more polite process than the … Continue reading

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Want to know how well your state competes with Finland and Singapore? The US Dept of Ed is working on it…

From the July 2010 issue of Education Research News, published by the Institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education: NCES Links National and International Assessments in 2011 Study of Eighth-Graders The National Center for Education Statistics recently … Continue reading

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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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