Monthly Archives: June 2016

More middle school Algebra 1: Ranking of districts by number of passers

If we fold the number of middle school students who take the Algebra 1 EOC in each district with the percentage who pass, we get the ranking of districts below.  For each district, the blue segment represents the number of … Continue reading

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Is your district putting too many middle school students in Algebra 1? Or too few? (Or maybe just right!)

Given the importance of middle school Algebra 1 for giving students access to bachelor-level STEM careers, it’s worth asking these questions:  Is your school district giving the Algebra 1 opportunity to every middle school student who could benefit from it? … Continue reading

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Privately funded Monroe County K-12 computing certification effort continues to expand

<Monroe/> Compute$ is a privately-funded effort to improve readiness for computing careers in Monroe County K-12 schools.  It was featured in a public radio report recently.  One of the primary donors, John Padget, is the Vice Chair of the Florida … Continue reading

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Liberty County gambled by opening the Algebra 1 door to most of its 8th graders. Now comes the punishment from the state.

Rural Liberty County – located in Florida’s Big Bend fifty miles southwest of Tallahassee – took a big chance this year by enrolling two-thirds of their 100 8th graders in Algebra 1.  The county’s education leaders were likely motivated by … Continue reading

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Rural Liberty County and Central Florida districts lead state in getting middle schoolers into Algebra 1

Taking Algebra 1 in middle school is a giant step for a student toward a bachelor’s-level STEM career such as engineering or computer science.  Students who take Algebra 1 in 8th grade and who follow a normal math sequence in … Continue reading

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Perhaps Jeb Bush will be the person who makes Florida into a state that excels in K-12 math, science and computing

Jeb Bush returned to the education policy arena this week with an opinion piece in the National Review in which he called for the nation to “massively disrupt our education system” with expanded school choice, online courses in hard-to-staff subjects like AP … Continue reading

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Percentage of Florida middle school students taking Algebra 1 declines

To have the clearest path to a bachelor degree-level STEM career, a student must take Algebra 1 by 8th grade. So it’s a bit alarming that the percentage of middle school students taking Algebra 1 in Florida’s public schools in … Continue reading

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