Monthly Archives: February 2014

Maybe next year: Florida’s K-12 leaders should really talk with science, math and engineering faculty from the state’s universities

From my February 12 Tallahassee Democrat op-ed: It’s time for those who lead our K-12 schools to start talking with university professors in math, science and engineering about what needs to be done to give more students access to careers in these … Continue reading

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Maybe next year: When will Florida double down on recruiting more great math teachers?

Originally posted on Bridge to Tomorrow:
From this morning’s Tallahassee Democrat: The state’s middle school students are struggling in math. And in a 21st century economy that relies heavily on innovation in science and technology and in which our kids…

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Maybe next year: This year’s Florida Legislature will not be addressing the woeful standard high school diploma, which is neither career-ready nor college-ready

Originally posted on Bridge to Tomorrow:
For awhile during this spring’s session of the Florida Legislature, it looked like the backlash against 2010’s SB4 high school graduation requirements might turn out to be constructive.  The Senate Education Committee – driven…

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Collins Institute report: Make Florida university students work harder

From the new report Tougher Choices:  Shaping Florida’s Future, which deals with a wide range of public policy issues facing our state, including the coming squeeze in resources for higher education: A major challenge facing undergraduate teaching, and also an opportunity … Continue reading

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Why is Barron leaving FSU?

After four short years, President Eric Barron is leaving FSU for Penn State.  Barron earned his undergraduate degree in Geology at FSU, but spent about 20 years at Penn State as a faculty member and Dean. After four years, President … Continue reading

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The big question: What will we do with our top quartile kids?

One of the privileges of being an educational policy hobbyist with a blog is that if I think it’s interesting I can get down into the weeds – WAY down into the weeds.  Like with the discussion of exactly how … Continue reading

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School grades and AP: FDOE tells Gradebook that intention is to reward passing scores on AP exams

Gradebook’s Jeff Solochek asked the Florida Department of Education to clarify how Advanced Placement courses would count toward school grades under Commissioner Stewart’s proposed scheme, which will be presented to the Florida Board of Education on Tuesday. Jeff reports that an … Continue reading

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Deemphasizing the top quartile: Under Commissioner Stewart’s school grading plan, it will not matter if students pass AP exams or take multiple AP courses

Commissioner Stewart’s plan to simplify Florida’s school grading system will dramatically change the way Advanced Placement courses are figured in to the grades by giving schools credit only for having students take AP courses, but not for students passing the … Continue reading

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Tallahassee Democrat op-ed: Florida is only average in AP calculus, but we could do much better

From this morning’s Tallahassee Democrat: Every student who arrives at one of Florida’s universities should have a strong background in literature and writing and be ready to take on the challenge of majoring in English or other humanities fields. Many … Continue reading

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2014 AP Report to the Nation: AP performance in Florida? Outstanding as long as it’s not in calculus and science

For now, I will leave you with two numbers: Percentage of 2013 Florida high school grads with AP Language and Composition credit:  10.7% Percentage of 2013 Florida high school grads with AP Calculus AB credit:  4.2% I’ll be back to … Continue reading

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