Monthly Archives: June 2010

Brave New Testing World seems like touch-screen voting machine redux

Florida is scheduled to enter the Brave New World of school testing next year with the introduction of the large-scale use of computers for high school end-of-course tests.  And leading us into that Brave New World is (wait for it…) … Continue reading

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Florida Big Bend, Panhandle lag badly in physical science education and face steep climb to new grad requirements

Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle counties face some of the greatest challenges in the state as they aim to help their students meet the new “chemistry or physics” requirement for high school graduation in several years, according to new figures … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel reports that class size crisis threatens calculus, physics classes

Leslie Postal at the Orlando Sentinel is pointing out that the class size crisis is putting pressure on “high-end” courses like calculus and physics in the school districts for the coming fall.  The crisis is occurring because the final stage … Continue reading

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Starving for engineers, Raytheon CEO calls education reform “one of the hardest topics I’ve ever worked on”

The Boston Globe reported that Raytheon CEO William Swanson called for a “dramatic increase in the number of Americans who earn degrees in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.”  Take a look.

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Florida walks away from opportunity to use RTTT dollars to develop science EOC’s

It’s official:  Florida has walked away from an opportunity to use federal Race to the Top Assessment Program dollars to develop end-of-course exams in the physical and Earth/space sciences.  This decision provides a clear signal that the state has no … Continue reading

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Why do some people think the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”?

I think I get it now.  I understand the argument that leads some folks to believe that the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”.  It’s just that the argument is wrong. School Zone posted a link … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel op-ed on demand for chemistry teachers

My op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel on the huge demand for chemistry teachers Florida is facing is here.

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