Florida’s number-two-in-the-world ranking in 4th grade reading in the Progress in International Literacy Study (see the Orlando Sentinel article here) shows what Florida’s school system can do when it sets a priority and makes a sustained commitment to that priority.
If Florida commits to making careers in science and engineering accessible to those with the requisite ability in all segments of its diverse population, we’ll be at the top of the world in that, too. The only question is this: Will Florida make that a priority like the state made reading a priority?
So far, the answer has been “no”.
To see the Science and Engineering Readiness Index that ranked states on their K-12 S&E pipelines, click here.