Monthly Archives: October 2009

Rigor in High School Science and Math Propels Minorities into STEM Fields

A recent paper by Dr. Will Tyson of the University of South Florida and others makes a bold statement about the problem of the achievement gap between Caucasian and Minority students.  There are two main revelations I took from his … Continue reading

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Standard High School Science Course Sequence “Out of Order”: National Academy of Education White Paper

A white paper on science and mathematics education reform recently released by the National Academy of Education argues that the standard high school science sequence of biology, chemistry and physics is scientifically “out of order.”  It also says that offering … Continue reading

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Will the Commish Grab the Brass Ring? (Part 2) Will High School Graduation Standards Be Addressed Soon?

In an interview with the Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei and Kathleen McGrory published this morning, Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith made a tantalizing reference to revising high school graduation requirements.  The story quoted him saying “You can have standards, but … Continue reading

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Physics and Calculus in High School is the Gateway for STEM Careers: 2007 USF Study

The report on high school graduation standards in science issued by the Florida Senate PreK-12 Committee this month is titled “Review the Effect of State High School Graduation Requirements on Student Preparation for Postsecondary Education and the Workforce.”  While the … Continue reading

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St. Pete Times Gradebook Features Senate Report Criticism

Jeff Solochek at the St. Petersburg Times education blog Gradebook featured the Senate PreK-12 Committee report on high school science graduation standards and the criticism of the report coming from Florida Citizens for Science blogger Brandon Haught and this blog … Continue reading

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Physics Teachers in Georgia: Only 88 Highly Qualified in 440 High Schools

A story on The Atlantic Monthly website posted August 12 contains this nugget in an article about using virtual schooling to meet rigorous new educational goals: Georgia, for example, has more than 440 high schools, but only 88 highly qualified … Continue reading

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US Secretary of Ed Brings Urgency to Recruiting and Educating Science Teachers

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan emphasized the importance of recruiting and educating more strong science teachers in the coming years during a talk to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on Friday. About the importance … Continue reading

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