education

Education Policy
9:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

What Research Says About ‘The Florida Model’ Of Education Policy

Researcher Matthew Di Carlo has gathered the studies and put Florida's education policies under the microscope
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At the Shanker Blog researcher Matthew Di Carlo reviews the effectiveness of the suite of education policies often called the “Florida model.”

These ideas include assigning A through F grades to schools and school districts based in part on standardized test results, retaining low-performing third graders, expanding school choice, teacher evaluations and others.

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Source For Standards
9:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Teachers Get Help With Common Core Lessons Through CPALMS

Florida teachers are benefiting from resources about Common Core through CPALMS.
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As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.

So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.

They’re not doing it alone.

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Education Evaluations
4:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Researcher Tears Apart Gates Foundation Teacher Evaluation Study

Jay P. Greene says the Gates Foundation is ignoring its own data in concluding classroom observations should be part of teacher evaluations.
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University of Arkansas education professor Jay P. Greene has weighed in on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s conclusions about its teacher evaluation study.

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Florida Lottery
11:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A New Look For The Florida Lottery

This new logo was unveiled to celebrate the Florida Lottery's 25th anniversary.
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The Florida Lottery is getting an image makeover to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

An audience of Bright Futures scholarship winners applauded as the new logo was unveiled at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Lottery leaders showcased the new logo, which prominently features a pink flamingo.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell says the redesigned brand should help lure new players.

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The Kids Are Alright
3:47 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Report Cards Are In: Almost Half Of Florida's High Schools Earn An 'A'

This year the number of 'A' grades for high schools raised from 31 percent to 47 percent.

The State Board of Educations recently permitted many changes that paved the way for higher grades to label Florida's high schools with. 

According to State Impact, "The board lowered the passing grade on the state writing test, suspended the penalty for schools whose lowest-performing students did not improve their scores and only allowed school grades to drop by a maximum of one letter."

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Quinnipiac Poll
9:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Q Poll Charts Strongly Held Education Views In Florida (And Some Gay Marriage Wavering)

REALLY? Voters doubt a college degree can be had for as little as $10,000.

The News Service of Florida

Florida voters are overwhelmingly against charging college tuition based on what people study, skeptical that degrees can be offered for $10,000 and strongly against setting different educational goals based on race, a new poll has found.

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13th Grade
10:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Talk To Us: What We Should Know About Remedial Education At Florida's Colleges

Wendy Pedroso did well in math classes -- until her first algebra course. Twice as many students at Florida colleges took a remedial math course than took a remedial writing or reading course.
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The series on remedial education at Florida’s colleges by NPR’s StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has prompted lots of conversations: Why are so many high school graduates needing remediation in college?  Should a high school diploma be a certificate of college readiness -- perhaps only for some students.

We chatted online with StateImpact’s Sarah Gonzalez and FCIR’s Mc Nelly Torres along with a social media audience of students, educators and people interested in education policy.

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Learning Online
12:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Florida's 13th University May Be Online Only

CONNECTED LEARNING: Online courses are the first to fill up, experts say.

Florida's next public university could be Online U.

Depending on how the Florida Board of Governors reconciles several issues with  expert recommendations, the Legislature may be asked next year to establish the 13th state university for Internet students only.

The indicators are good for welcome and acceptance by degree-seeking students, according to Gina Jordan's story for StateImpact Florida:

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13th Grade
11:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Older, Returning Students Strain Florida’s Community and State Colleges

RE-LEARNING: Chad Carroll, 36, needed to take remedial math classes when he enrolled in Miami Dade College.
Credit Sagette Van Embden / fcir.org

Throughout the Great Recession, laid-off workers have been trying to improve their re-employment prospects with college training.

But, once they enroll at their local community colleges, many are finding that that their math, reading and writing skills have atrophied so much they can't continue at the college level without remedial classes.

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13th Grade
8:26 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Why More Florida Students Than Ever Struggle With Math

Wendy Pedroso did well in math classes -- until her first algebra course. Twice as many students at Florida colleges took a remedial math course than took a remedial writing or reading course.
Credit Sagette Van Embden / Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Wendy Pedroso has never liked math, but for most of elementary school and middle school she got B’s in the subject. It wasn’t until ninth grade at Miami Southwest Senior High School, when Pedroso took algebra, that she hit a wall. In particular, she struggled with understanding fractions.

“I kept getting stuck in the same place,” Pedroso, 20, recalled recently. She failed the class, and worried that she’d never get to go to college. Pedroso sought help from tutors, took algebra again over the summer and passed. She went on to graduate from high school in 2011.

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13th Grade
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes

English teacher Vallet Tucker teaches 10th grade honors students. She says she's not surprised that more than half the students who took Florida's college placement exam in the 2010-2011 school year failed at least one subject.
Credit Sarah Gonzalez/ StateImpact Florida

Shakira Lockett was a pretty good student in elementary, middle and high school. The Miami-Dade County native says she typically earned As and Bs in English classes.

Math was always something of a struggle for Lockett. Still, she got through her high school exit exam with a passing grade and went on to graduate from Coral Gables Senior High School in 2008.

She went straight to Miami Dade College. Then, something unexpected happened: She flunked the college placement exams in all three subjects – reading, writing and math.

 

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Public Insight Network
6:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

What Florida Students, Teachers And Parents Think About Remedial Education

Shakira Lockett says in high school she typically earned As and Bs in her English classes. But at Miami Dade College, she had to take remedial courses in math, reading and writing.
Credit Sagette Van Embden / Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The series on remedial education exposed what some in the public school system at the secondary and college level already knew: that many students are graduating from high school unprepared for college. 

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News
6:30 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Bright Futures' Could Be Changed

University of Central Florida Students inside Student Union.
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Most students who receive Bright Futures scholarships would have to stay in Florida after graduation or pay back the money under a law proposed in Tallahassee.  If approved, he law would take effect with the 2014-15 school year. The bill was filed by Republican Representative Jimmie Smith.

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13th Grade
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Adding Up The Cost Of Remedial College Courses

Remedial courses cost students and schools money. And the need for remedial courses makes it less likely students complete their studies -- and likely boost their earnings.
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Students and Florida taxpayers pay a price for remedial education in several ways

From 2004 to 2011, Florida’s remedial education costs for both students and schools ballooned from $118 million to $168 million. At the same time, statecollege funding has declined $544 million since 2007, causing tuition increases and creating a greater need for publicly funded financial aid.

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News
5:46 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Meet Florida's New Education Chief

Dr. Tony Bennett speaking in Indiana.
Credit The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation

Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett will be Florida's next education commissioner. The Florida Board of Education unanimously selected Bennett, a protege of former Gov. Jeb Bush. As Indiana's chief, Tony Bennett imported Florida education ideas to the Hoosier state. Board of education members cite Bennett's familiarity with new Common Core standards as Florida transforms how schools teach and test students. Bennett says he wants Florida to remain a national education reform     leader. "I think we have a great opportunity to capture Florida's moment," Bennett says.

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