Monthly Archives: February 2011

Paul Ruscher: Florida science education on the wrong track

From Paul Ruscher’s op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat this morning: The two sciences that are, arguably, needed most by (at least) graduates who are headed to college are physics and earth sciences. These subjects provide the basics and applications of … Continue reading

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British physics teacher crisis intensifies

The Times Education Supplement reports: Ambitious Government plans to almost double the number of graduates training to be physics teachers are “ill advised” and destined to fail, ministers have been warned. Targets to recruit almost 1,000 specialists in physics each … Continue reading

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Cities fall short on NAEP Science

The results of the Trial Urban District Assessment for the 2009 NAEP Science measurement were released today, and the results were predictable – most cities fall short of the national norms. Of the seventeen large urban districts assessed, Austin (Texas), … Continue reading

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Yeah, I won. So what could the voters possibly have been thinking?

For the two or three of you that have been wondering whether I won my election in the American Physical Society Forum on Education, the answer is “yes”.  I will be Vice Chair of the organization beginning in May, and … Continue reading

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Unstoppable? Teacher quality bill roars down the tracks toward final passage

Teacher quality legislation in the Florida House and Senate – now almost identical – roared toward final legislative passage yesterday with the final committee vote in the Senate and the first committee vote in the House. Coverage from the St. … Continue reading

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FEA’s claim on masters’ degrees is not supported by the literature they quote

It’s not my intention here to argue that masters’ degrees are useless for student achievement.  But I will argue that a statement in the FEA report released Monday, “Effective Teachers and Performance Pay,” is far from being well established by … Continue reading

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House analysis of proposed committee bill on teacher quality points out subtle issues on differential pay and advanced degrees

The careful staff analysis of the proposed committee bill the PreK-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee of the Florida House will consider today includes some commentary on the language regarding differential pay and advanced degrees.  I’ll insert it here without comment, except to … Continue reading

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