StateImpact Florida

StateImpact Florida
7:33 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What Florida’s Graduation Rates Say About Opportunity In Our State

National trends: The Opportunity Index measures factors that contribute to quality of life, like graduation rates and access to early learning.
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Florida doesn’t offer as much opportunity to its young people as other states do, according to new research from Opportunity Nation.

The bipartisan organization compiles an index of community characteristics to measure how people’s zip codes affect their quality of life.

The index includes measure such as access to early learning, violent crime rates and graduation rates.

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StateImpact Florida
11:31 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Florida Scores On National Test Improve, But Eighth Graders Still Trail National Average

Florida students improved their scores on all four sections of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but eighth graders still trail the national average.

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 9:19 am

Florida student scores improved on a key national standardized test, including some of the largest eighth grade reading and math gains in the country.

But Florida eighth graders still trail the national average in math, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.

Florida eighth graders scored an average of 281, on a 500-point scale, in math and 266 in reading. The national average was 284 in math and 266 in reading.

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StateImpact Florida
6:45 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Speakers Defend Jacksonville School Named For KKK’s First Grand Wizard

Nathan Bedford Forrest was the Confederate general who oversaw the Fort Pillow Massacre.
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A petition to change the name of Jacksonville’s Nathan B. Forrest High School—whose namesake was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—has reached more than 160,000 names.

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StateImpact Florida
1:33 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Benefits, And Barriers, To Early Learning In Florida

It looks like finger paint, but it's really a display of motor skill development at Exploration Station.

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 10:10 am

Every morning, children at Education Station begin the day with a hug and a book.

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StateImpact Florida
10:26 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How Florida College Majors Are About To Get Meta

Florida lawmakers created meta-majors to give students a more defined track toward a college degree.

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:20 pm

Florida lawmakers created meta-majors to give students a more defined track toward a college degree.

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StateImpact Florida
7:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

More Pressure On Advisers As Florida Colleges Eliminate Remedial Courses

A new law eliminating most required remedial courses means college advisers must meet with new and returning students to determine if they are eligible to skip the classes.

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:43 pm

A new law eliminating most required remedial courses means college advisers must meet with new and returning students to determine if they are eligible to skip the classes.
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StateImpact Florida
5:14 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Why Remedial Classes Are No Longer Required At Florida Colleges

Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:33 am

Khadejah Gilbert found out she wasn’t quite ready for higher education when she enrolled in Hillsborough Community College.

She's one of many students who had to take brush up in basic subjects before starting her associate of arts degree in liberal arts.

The classes cost money, but don’t come with any credit

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StateImpact Florida
4:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Read Florida's New Law Making Remedial College Courses Voluntary

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:40 pm

Students in a remedial class at Miami-Dade College.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

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StateImpact Florida
2:49 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

What’s In A Name? Florida Board Of Education Wrestles With What To Call “Common Core”

The Florida State Board of Education meeting took a turn for the theatrical on Tuesday.
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 In all the attention surrounding the Common Core hearings Florida is holding this week, it would have been easy to miss a curious exchange at Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting.

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StateImpact Florida
2:44 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

To Thwack Or Not To Thwack; Corporal Punishment Is Not Just Florida’s Dilemma

Corporal punishment, like paddling, is allowed in schools in 19 states.
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Florida is on a shrinking list of states that still allow corporal punishment in schools.

Education Week’s Alyssa Morones looked at how states are grappling with corporal punishment:

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StateImpact Florida
12:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Florida Students Above Average On International Math And Science Tests, Still Trail Top Countries

Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries.

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:43 am

Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries.

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StateImpact Florida
3:24 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Why States Are Creating A Common Definition For English Language Learners

The U.S. Department of Education is prodding states to adopt a common definition for who is an English language learner.

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 11:53 am

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StateImpact Florida
11:27 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Commonwealth of Common Core: What Florida Can Learn From Kentucky

Kentucky is the nation's trailblazer for Common Core math, literacy and English standards.

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 1:28 pm

Kentucky is the nation's trailblazer for Common Core math, literacy and English standards.

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StateImpact Florida
7:08 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Florida Teachers Caught In The Middle Of Testing Dispute

Nichole Dino and Alexandria Martin, both English teachers at Miami's Carol City Senior High School, say they like Common Core's emphasis on critical thinking. But they hope the new tests won't be biased against low-income students.

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:16 pm

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StateImpact Florida
10:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

How Florida Reading Lists Are Changing For New Common Standards

Chris Kirchner, a veteran English teacher at Miami's Coral Reef Senior High School, supports the Common Core in theory, but worries teachers won't have enough support and time to adjust to the new standards.

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:25 pm

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