Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Which college majors score best on the Law School Admissions Test? Here are the top ten for 2017-18.

How do students whose college majors are physics, engineering, or the mathematical and computational sciences do on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)? In 2017-18, all of those fields were represented in the top ten college majors ranked by “Mean … Continue reading

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Raising teacher salaries in Florida’s public schools is the most important thing we can do as a state this year. It’s really that simple.

Educating students is the single most important thing that the State of Florida does. Teachers are the most important element in the education of the state’s students. Strong teachers are the state’s most valuable assets. The number of talented individuals … Continue reading

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Without Ginger Littleton, I would have given up: A reflection as Ginger leaves the Bay County School Board.

My efforts to improve the preparation of Florida’s high school students for college STEM majors have been an important part of my life during the last decade. But if I hadn’t met Ginger Littleton in 2015, I would have given … Continue reading

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Florida’s K-12 and higher education systems are earning national applause. So why is our state doing so poorly in educating scientists and engineers?

The Florida Department of Education reported in September that in its annual Quality Counts report Education Week ranked Florida fourth in the nation for K-12 student achievement. And earlier this year, US News and World Report ranked our state number … Continue reading

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Last spring, a record number of Florida public middle school students passed the state’s Algebra 1 EOC, placing them squarely in the pipeline to bachelor’s degree level STEM careers. What now?

Last spring, 84,000 public middle school students in Florida passed the state’s Algebra 1 end of course exam. It was the largest number of such students since the Florida Department of Education began reporting grade-level results on the exam in … Continue reading

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How good are Florida’s high school graduates at math? Not very, according to SAT results for the state’s high school graduating class of 2019.

Florida is one of eight states in which 100% of the high school graduating class of 2019 took the SAT, and a comparison of Florida with the other seven 100% states is immune to the criticism that perhaps only a … Continue reading

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Whatever it is the State of Florida is doing to recruit new teachers isn’t working: Evidence from the state’s teacher certification exams.

To earn a Florida teaching certification, an individual must pass the state’s certification exam in the subject area she or he intends to teach (or pass the elementary education exam that consists of exam sections in language arts/reading, social science, … Continue reading

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