Monthly Archives: March 2011

Two reasons why Rep. Fresen’s bill abolishing state college tenure is a bad idea

1)  Evaluating faculty teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds. Rep. Fresen’s bill (it is a committee bill, but it is clearly Fresen’s bill) calls for each college’s Board of Trustees to adopt a “performance evaluation policy.”  So far so … Continue reading

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Demand for teachers in the southeast and nation

From the 2008 Educator Supply and Demand Report from the American Association for Employment in Education: Southeast National PreK 3.50 2.74 Kindergarten 3.11 2.52 Primary 3.00 2.41 English/Language Arts 3.15 2.89 Social Studies 2.73 2.20 Foreign Languages 2.91-5.00 3.04-4.00 TESOL … Continue reading

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Inquiry in the classroom: It even helps students do better on standardized tests

Imagine that! The abstract from a paper in the journal Science Education (Vol. 94, Issue 4, pgs. 577-616, July 2010) by FSU Ph.D. grad Meg Blanchard (now on the faculty at North Carolina State) and collaborators from FSU and NC … Continue reading

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EOC Achievement Level Descriptions: An opportunity for BtT readers (and everybody else) to have their say

h/t to School Zone for pointing out this important opportunity: How should the FDOE distinguish between Level 3 and Level 2 performances on the new Algebra 1 EOC?  Or between Level 5 and Level 4, for that matter… You have … Continue reading

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Just days after Florida Education Commissioner resigns, College Board presidency opens up

What a coincidence!  Imagine that! From the New York Times. An answer key for my previous post on the commissioner’s resignation: Answer a) is correct – the Gov and his krewe have seriously dissed the Commish.  See coverage from the … Continue reading

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House PreK-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee will workshop parent accountability bill on Tuesday

We now return to the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category of legislation. On Tuesday, the House PreK-12 Competitiveness Subcommittee will workshop HB 255, the bill filed by Rep. Kelli Stargel that proposes grading parents. Perhaps this signals the … Continue reading

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American Association for Employment in Education: In southeast, demand for math teachers outstrips demand for physics teachers

The 2008 report of the American Association for Employment in Education says that in the southeast US demand for math teachers outstrips the demand for physics teachers, which in turn is the highest among science specialties. The AAEE rates teacher … Continue reading

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