Monthly Archives: October 2015

How NOT to be popular: Push students and schools to prepare for the new economy

I recently shared with a group of educators a story I had heard about a rising senior high school student who was ranked second in her class and who intended to apply to one of the nation’s elite science and … Continue reading

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FSA cut scores: How “rigorous” are the Commissioner’s recommendations for passing the FSA math tests?

Commissioner Stewart argued during yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting that her recommendations for FSA cut scores are more rigorous than last year’s FCAT cut scores.  The plot above compares the passing rates that would result from the Commissioner’s recommendations … Continue reading

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2015 NAEP: Florida’s middle school math meltdown

Florida’s 8th graders are now among the nation’s worst in math, according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) which were released this morning. According to the results, only 26% of Florida’s 8th graders are … Continue reading

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Strategic planning at FSU: Addressing decline in percentages of black scientists and engineers should be highest priority

Florida State University’s strategic planning process is underway.  Here is the input I’ve submitted through two channels so far: There is no postsecondary education issue in Florida more urgent than this: The share of SUS bachelors’ degrees in science and … Continue reading

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Florida’s performance on new AP Physics 1 and 2 exams near national averages

Florida’s students performed near the national averages on the tough new AP Physics 1 and 2 exams, according to the state-level information on May 2015 exam results recently released by the College Board. Florida score distributions are very close to … Continue reading

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Some districts divert too many students from the science and engineering pipeline course Precalculus

Paul Simon sang that there must be fifty ways to leave your lover. I haven’t been able to find fifty ways that students are convinced to leave the proper high school math course progression after Algebra 2 by not taking … Continue reading

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FSU Physics Department to host panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of high school physics teaching

FSU’s Physics Department will host a panel discussion by four distinguished high school physics teachers about the challenges and opportunities of high school physics teaching this Thursday, October 22, beginning at 3:45 pm in the department’s lecture hall in UPL … Continue reading

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