Leslie Postal from the Orlando Sentinel blog School Zone has posted the power point presentation delivered to the Florida Organization for Instructional Leadership (FOIL) by FDOE Bureau Chief for Curriculum and Instruction Todd Clark. The presentation, titled “State of the State for Florida Student Achievement,” reaches a conclusion on science that Florida students are “pretty much last in the nation” in this area.
Dr. Clark supported this assertion with a stack of statistics, among which are that in 2008 Florida was:
49th in the nation in the average score on the ACT science section
47th in the nation in pass rate (3 or higher) on AP science tests
45th in the nation in pass rate (3 or higher) on the AP biology test
In addition, the fractions of students who earned the highest grade of 5 on the FCAT Science exams, which are given in 5th, 8th and 11th grades were:
5th grade: 2%
8th grade: 2%
11th grade: 1%
No African-American students at any of these grade levels scored a 5 statewide (the St. Pete Times blog link is here). Not a single student.
I will add here that Dr. Clark is intelligent, thoughtful and passionate about his work. His candor demonstrates considerable courage.