Monthly Archives: January 2011

OPPAGA releases report on differentiated high school diplomas

Policy-makers concerned about the impact that Florida’s new high school graduation requirements in math and science will have on the state’s graduation rate inserted a clause into SB 4 requiring OPPAGA, the legislature’s research office, to report on states where … Continue reading

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High-tech industrial policy in Florida and public education: When is a statement too blunt?

I’ve gotten several comments – both positive and negative – on my quote published in last week’s St. Pete Times article on the NAEP Science results, We’re bringing in all these fancy biotech companies, and we’re importing these scientists and … Continue reading

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President Obama’s call for 100,000 new STEM teachers over ten years: How does that work out for physics?

What would a response to President Obama’s call for 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next ten years mean for the American physics community? Let’s say that half of those STEM teachers are science teachers.  That’s 50,000 over the next … Continue reading

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In the Florida Legislature: Parent grading bill looks DOA in the Senate; Six-hour “Workshop on educational quality” today

Gradebook reports that Senate PreK-12 Chair Stephen Wise is much less than enthusiastic about a bill filed in the House by Rep. Kelli Stargel that would require some elementary teachers to grade parents.  In fact, WAY less than enthusiastic: “I’m … Continue reading

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Does high school physics matter?

I mentioned earlier that physicists love graphs that clearly answer a difficult question. Here’s another: This one is courtesy of Dr. Ted Hodapp, the Director for Education and Diversity at the American Physical Society.  It illustrates data we’ve discussed here … Continue reading

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Ron Matus at Gradebook: Who will step up for science?

Who’s going to be bold and make sure there’s not a single out-of-field science teacher in Florida within three years? And line up business partners to pony up the beakers and microscopes when classrooms get whacked by budget cuts? Gov. … Continue reading

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2009 NAEP Science: What’s needed in Florida

As a physicist, I enjoy seeing an answer to a difficult question leap off a graph. When I look at the graph of how Florida’s NAEP performance at the proficient level compares to that of the nation (reproduced above from … Continue reading

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