Monthly Archives: May 2012

US News “Best High Schools for STEM” ranking of 250 schools does not include a single one from Florida

Nope, not one. Take a look yourself. To determine the STEM ranking, US News looked at the percentages of graduates who had taken and passed AP courses in math and science. Advertisements

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2011 AP results show Florida close to national averages but far behind leading states in AP Calculus and Physics

The new normal for incoming college majors in the physical sciences and engineering is to have AP credit in calculus and a full menu of high school science courses. So how many of Florida’s high school students are passing AP … Continue reading

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What courses should a student take in middle and high school to prepare for college majors in physics and engineering?

I’ve recently heard some disturbing stories about the advice math- and science-oriented 8th graders are getting regarding their choices of freshman year science courses. So here is mine – starting from 7th grade.  I will note specifically that AP Environmental … Continue reading

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Going backwards: Brevard County falls out of small group of Florida school districts requiring four science courses for high school graduation

Until now, Brevard County was one of three elite Florida school districts (the others are Duval and Monroe) that required four science courses for high school graduation. Now there are only two. Florida Today reports that after suspending the four-science-course … Continue reading

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Physics majors ranked third for number of hours college students study – but that’s too low!

The Washington Post published a ranking of college majors by the number of number of hours students study outside of class, and physics ranked third out of the 29 majors listed (the data were taken from the National Survey of … Continue reading

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Florida Department of Education goes live with public relations offensive for “FCAT 2.0”; science barely mentioned

The Florida Department of Education began its public relations offensive for FCAT 2.0 this morning after a week of terrible media coverage involving the results of the FCAT Writing exam. The offensive leads with a new web site, titled “Florida’s … Continue reading

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Petition drive attacks school administration at Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School

Only a few short years ago, Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School was the best place in Leon County to learn science. Then, science teachers began to flee the changes put in place by the school’s new principal, Allen Burch. Now an … Continue reading

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