FLDOE: Science not a priority for Florida’s K-12 schools

Yeah, that’s a pretty stark-looking headline.

But I’m not making this up.  Here is the text from a slide in a presentation given to the Education Committee of the Florida House this week:

Division of Public Schools Priorities

1.  Common Core State Standards

2.  Transition to Digital Instruction

3.  Supporting and Preparing Effective Teachers

For those who don’t know already, the Common Core State Standards cover math and English language arts.  Not science.

Science is covered in the Next Generation Science Standards, which are nearly finished.  Twenty-six states have jumped in to be “lead state partners”.  Florida is not one of them, despite the leadership role the state has assumed in the development of the Common Core and the PARCC assessment consortium.

Florida Citizens for Science Vice President Jonathan Smith called out FDOE Deputy Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen on this in a letter to the editor of the Lakeland Ledger on November 21.  As far as I’m aware, Smith didn’t receive any response that reassured him.

Will the administration of the presumed next Education Commissioner Tony Bennett take a different view toward science?  At this point, we have no way of knowing.

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