Monthly Archives: October 2018

Will Florida’s charter schools help improve the preparation of the state’s high school students for college STEM majors?

Florida is doing a lousy job preparing high school students for college majors in STEM fields. A national study of high school math and science course-taking just released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that charter schools do … Continue reading

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There are no words: Underrepresentation of Black, Hispanic and female students among Florida students passing AP exams in math-intensive subjects

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Florida is an AP powerhouse – except in math and science.

The Florida Department of Education and its cheerleaders regularly brag about the performance of the state’s high school students on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Sunshine State News¬†columnist Nancy Smith recently cheered that Florida “is fifth in number of high advanced … Continue reading

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2018 AP exam results: Florida stays in its math and science rut

The results of AP examinations taken by Florida students in May and released by the College Board yesterday show a state stuck in a math and science rut. The rates at which Florida students take and pass AP exams in … Continue reading

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Sure there is good news about Florida’s schools. But there is bad news, too – about how poorly the state prepares its students for college STEM majors.

Florida is doing a lousy job preparing its high school students for college majors in STEM fields, especially those like engineering and the physical and computing sciences that require strong mathematical skills and provide technological leadership. And as a state … Continue reading

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What the nation learned from FSU’s undergraduate program in Physics: “Prepare all students for success”

In the fall of 2016, a national task force formed jointly by the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers published a report titled “Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers”.¬† In the report, the task … Continue reading

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Why do I teach in FSU’s Studio Physics Program? Because I am able to look in the mirror in the morning and know I’m doing the best thing for the students in my class.

From the Executive Summary of “Engage to Excel”: Economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain … Continue reading

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