Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Orange County Public Schools desperately wants to give every student access to careers in engineering, physics and computer science. Here’s how I know.

Orange County Public Schools desperately wants to give every student access to careers in fields like engineering, physics, computer science and the health professions. How do I know this? Exhibit A is the district’s Calculus Project, in which it identifies … Continue reading

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Florida just extended the time that new teachers have to pass the state’s General Knowledge test from one to three years. Will it help more teachers pass the test? Probably not.

Last summer, more than 1,000 teachers across Florida lost their jobs because they couldn’t pass the General Knowledge test, one of three exams that an individual must pass to earn the state’s renewable “professional” teacher certification. These teachers held temporary … Continue reading

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I want more of your students – including your first-generation students, low income students, students of color and women – in my classroom. And I want them to arrive prepared to succeed.

I probably take my teaching of students majoring in engineering, the physical sciences and computing in a studio-style physics classroom at Florida State University too personally. During a recent meeting, I finally became exasperated that my students were being discussed … Continue reading

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Florida’s teacher shortage: A response from a retired teacher to my op-ed in TCPalm.

On Wednesday, TCPalm.com published an op-ed I wrote titled “Florida’s teacher shortage is state’s most urgent education issue”. The piece was published in the print outlets associated with TCPalm on Friday morning. I received a response from Susan Auld, who … Continue reading

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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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