Monthly Archives: July 2016

Algebra 2 is the high school gateway to A.S.-level STEM careers, but not all students take it

A student who does well in a high school Algebra 2 course, sails through Florida’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) math section and then crushes the lowest level “college” math course – College Algebra – has a path to earning … Continue reading

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Giving college-bound students the STEM career option: Which Florida districts do it best?

If we add the enrollment rates for chemistry, physics, calculus and precalculus, we can see which school districts are doing the best job in preparing students for college majors in STEM fields. Not surprisingly, traditional STEM superpowers Seminole and Brevard … Continue reading

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Precalculus is the baseline high school math course for bachelor’s degree attainment. Is your school district getting its students there?

A study from the University of Michigan published in the Journal of Higher Education last year showed that Algebra 2 is not adequate high school math preparation for a bachelor’s degree program (see an opinion piece on this issue on StateImpact Florida here). So … Continue reading

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With chemistry, physics and calculus, a high school student is ready for any college major. How is your district doing in calculus?

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, high school courses in chemistry, physics and calculus provide a strong foundation for a college engineering major.  Those courses also provide strong preparation for college majors in math, computer science, statistics, physics, … Continue reading

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The surprising spread of chemistry enrollment rates in Florida high schools: How did this happen?

In some ways, the large spread in high school physics enrollment rates in Florida’s high schools is not a surprise.  Physics comes last in the traditional high school science sequence – after biology and chemistry.  And a student who likes … Continue reading

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Florida’s K-12 system hasn’t gotten the memo about the importance of high school physics, but maybe your district has. Take a look here.

Florida’s high school physics enrollment rate remains stuck at at 23 enrollments per 100 12th graders, about where it’s been since I started paying attention in 2009.  Given the rhetorical emphasis on STEM careers from Florida’s education and political leaders, … Continue reading

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Thank you Nancy, Rachel and Sean! High school physics has a bright future in Bay County.

The number of students taking physics in Bay County’s district high schools will more than double this fall over last year’s number. And those students will be in good hands.  Trust me on this.  Over the last six weeks, I … Continue reading

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