Florida State Board of Education member John Padget speaks on K-12 science and the NGSS

During the member comment segment of yesterday’s Florida Board of Education meeting, member John Padget commented on science in Florida’s K-12 schools and the situation with the state’s science standards:

I’d like to make a statement about science standards.  Ever since I joined this Board, I’ve been concerned about Florida’s low science standards.  And last week, the Fordham Institute issued its latest evaluations.  Florida got 5 out of 10 points, ranking far below California and the District of Columbia that each received 10 out of 10 points.  Those two jurisdictions got an A, and Florida received a C.  The long-awaited Next Generation Science Standards also received a C, which is a surprising disappointment.  America’s 15-year-olds ranked 23rd out of 65 countries in science performance, according to the most recent data.  Fordham says, quote, “America’s science education at the K-12 level needs a radical upgrade,” close quote.  Sometime soon, and I would say within the next two years, Florida has to raise its science standards.  When the time is right, I will advocate for the adoption of either California’s or DC’s standards, or a combination of the two.  This approach will save time, money, and energy, and we won’t be reinventing the wheel.  Florida must focus on science, do it fast, and get it right.

Jeff S0lochek at Gradebook has posted on Padget’s comment.

Leslie Postal at School Zone has posted as well, and given a thorough update on the Florida NGSS process.

Florida Citizens for Science has now posted the video.

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