Monthly Archives: November 2015

I am more than just a lab rat: The place of studio physics in FSU’s STEM education ecosystem

A few years ago, I was a research subject in a study of FSU’s studio physics program and how those of us teaching in the program interact with our colleagues at the department and university levels.  It was a fine … Continue reading

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Preparing for college: It’s not what it used to be

I recently had a conversation with someone who was bemoaning what she saw as the fact that students have to pick their college majors while they are still early in high school.  Why would she say that?  Because students who … Continue reading

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Bill to tighten up performance funding criteria for Florida’s public universities sailing through Senate committees

If you work at a public university in Florida like me, you might want to keep an eye on SB 524, which would tighten up the State University System performance funding criteria that almost left FSU out in the cold … Continue reading

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Florida vs. the nation: Which NAEP result galvanized the Florida Legislature into action?

Hint:  It’s probably not the one a reader would have picked.  

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Florida House subcommittee takes on the stagnation in elementary school reading achievement. But what about the meltdown in middle school math?

The K-12 Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives is laser-focusing on elementary school reading, a subject in which the state is among the best in the world despite the recent stagnation in test scores. (See the Tampa Bay Times article on … Continue reading

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2015 AP results say Florida is not a math and science state

For those of you who weren’t convinced by Florida’s catastrophic 2015 NAEP 8th grade math results, perhaps the 2015 AP exam results will convince you that Florida is not a math and science education state.  The “Just Read!” state is … Continue reading

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Few black students among those who passed AP Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics exams in Florida this year

Computer Science, Chemistry and Physics were among the AP exams with the lowest percentages of black students among exam passers (scores 3, 4 and 5 on the 5-point AP scale) in Florida this year. French, Art and Psychology had the … Continue reading

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