Monthly Archives: May 2019

In Florida, dual enrollment math classes are mostly used to earn college credit for learning math content traditionally taught at the high school level.

The dual enrollment program in Florida’s public schools is not making a significant contribution to the state’s pipeline for bachelor’s degree-level STEM fields like engineering, physical sciences and computer science. In fact, the dominant use of the dual enrollment program … Continue reading

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The intensifying shortage of high school math and science teachers threatens to limit Florida’s economic future, and a new report on economic growth from a state business group should have said so.

In its recently released report “Project Sunrise”, the Florida Council of 100 identified several factors limiting Florida’s economic growth – including the state’s sluggish pipeline for educating STEM professionals – and recommended actions to address some of them. But they … Continue reading

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Do Florida’s results on the 4th grade reading NAEP exam tell us everything we need to know about the state’s public schools? Or is there more to education than that?

Are Florida’s results on the 4th grade reading section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress the most important measure of the state’s K-12 success? In a recent Florida Politics opinion piece, Lloyd Brown argued that it is, because “If … Continue reading

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Chiles still best among public high schools in Leon County for STEM career prep, but Godby is the real success story

As it has been for years, Chiles High School is still the best public high school in Leon County for the rate at which students take the math and science courses most important for preparing for bachelor’s degree-level STEM majors … Continue reading

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Florida’s teacher shortage: Did we just take a step backward?

For the last several years, the Best and Brightest teacher bonus program has provided “signing bonuses” of about $7,000 for nearly all new FSU graduates who have gone on to teach math and science in Florida’s public schools after graduation. … Continue reading

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How is Florida’s K-12 STEM pipeline doing? A comparison of Florida with Massachusetts and Texas.

In a Foundation for Florida’s Future blog post celebrating the 20th anniversary of our state’s “A+ Plan”, Fordham Institute and Stanford University researcher Chester Finn identified Florida and Massachusetts as the two “poster states” for successful education reform. Finn noted … Continue reading

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FSU’s Panama City campus to host teacher workshop on using dance to teach physics

Florida State University’s Panama City campus will host a workshop for science teachers from Bay County and the Panhandle on using dance to teach physics concepts on June 21 and 22. The workshop will be led by two professors from … Continue reading

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