Monthly Archives: July 2015

Reversing the decline in black students’ share of Florida SUS bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering: No, not affirmative action. Not at all.

I received several thoughtful e-mails in response to yesterday’s Tallahassee Democrat op-ed on the decline of black students’ share of Florida State University System bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering.  (All the data in that op-ed was given in more detail … Continue reading

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More on math, science and socioeconomics from the Sentinel Math and Science Rankings: Demographics don’t determine STEM enrollments in Central Florida high schools

Demographics don’t determine enrollments in STEM pipeline courses in high schools.  If the graph of district-level math and science scores from last week’s Orlando Sentinel rankings against free and reduced price lunch rates didn’t convince you, here is a school-level look, courtesy … Continue reading

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More on the Sentinel Math and Science Rankings: Socioeconomics do NOT determine student enrollments in STEM courses

Instead of opening with any more words than those in the title, I’ll just lead with a graph of the district scores in the Orlando Sentinel Math and Science Rankings plotted against the percentages of students receiving free or reduced … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel publishes math and science rankings of Florida school districts and Central Florida high schools

The Orlando Sentinel has published a ranking of all 67 Florida school districts based on their enrollments in high school upper level math and science courses as well as a similar ranking of individual Central Florida high schools. And yes, I ran … Continue reading

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Top 25 salaries for college majors – from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

From the 2015 edition of the report “The Economic Value of College Majors”, released earlier this year by the Georgetown Center on Economics and the Workforce, here are the top 25 college majors ranked by salaries for degree holders aged 25-59.  … Continue reading

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High schools in “good science districts” are often bad at getting their students into physics classes

Physics is the high school science course that provides the gateway to STEM careers. So school districts that care about science make sure that their students take physics in high school, right? Well, not always. Which school districts are “good … Continue reading

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Seminole County’s School Superintendent proposed using a college entrance exam to measure the achievement levels of all of Florida’s high school students. What would we see if we did so?

Seminole County’s Superintendent of Schools, Walt Griffin, has proposed that Florida test all of its high school students using a college entrance exam as the state’s standard measurement of high school achievement levels (as reported by Leslie Postal at School … Continue reading

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