Monthly Archives: January 2014

NCTQ supports use of gender-biased student surveys in K-12 teacher evaluations

In its new report “2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook“, the National Council for Teacher Quality argues for the expansion of the use of student surveys as part of the teacher evaluation process, saying “The state should encourage the use of … Continue reading

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The science and engineering pipeline: Hope and realism

Those of us who work on the science and engineering pipeline at the university level are hoping for a day in which all of our students are well-prepared. But we are preparing for a day in which none of them … Continue reading

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SAS middle school science teaching star Julie Sear featured in redefinedonline.org piece

A bit from the redefinedonline.org piece on Julie Sear: A Matchbox car. A tack taped to its hood. A trio of middle school boys. In Sear’s first period, a project: Make a Rube Goldberg contraption with at least five energy transfers. Boy … Continue reading

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Adding calculus to Florida’s Common Core probably just an exercise in political expediency

Next month, the Florida Board of Education will vote on several modifications to the Common Core standards that the state adopted in 2010.  One of the proposed modifications is to add calculus to the standards, an action that at first … Continue reading

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Message to America’s kids (and their parents): Work harder. Much harder.

From Thomas Friedman’s column in the NY Times Sunday Review for January 19, citing a recent speech by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Citing Amanda Ripley’s new book — “The Smartest Kids in the World, and How They Got That Way” — … Continue reading

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Ed Week cites Florida’s top-tier AP success, but state has left AP Calculus and Science behind

In its just-released Quality Counts evaluation of the states, Education Week cites Florida’s performance in Advanced Placement courses.  The magazine ranked Florida 3rd in the nation for both “High AP Test Scores” and “Change in AP Test Scores”. The state’s aggressive approach to the … Continue reading

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Common Core opponent misses the point in Wall Street Journal op-ed

In her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Common Core opponent and former Massachusetts Senior Associate Commissioner of Education Sandra Stotsky argues that the Core is bad policy because it will not properly prepare students for college majors in science, engineering … Continue reading

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