Nationwide trends in demographic shifts indicate that in 10 years nearly half of high school graduates will be non-white. But a lack of support to these diverse populations may point to challenges in getting degrees into the hands of many of these students.
With nearly 3 million tests completed in Florida this past school year many parents and educators have been wondering when they would be able to see those test scores. This week the Florida Department of Education provided a timeline for release of the scores for students and for school accountability.
Common Core — it’s going to be the biggest education issue for 2016 Republican presidential candidates, right?
Bloomberg Politics has posted video of a focus group session with Iowa Republicans. Moderator John Heileman asks the panel (about 44 seconds in) if any of them think Common Core is important.
The response? Silence.
Finally, one man asks: “What is Common Core?”
Both Republican and Democratic governors have been supportive of pre-kindergarten education programs nationwide. But, enrollment has changed little since 2010 with around 29 percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in state funded pre-K.
Of the more than 600 charter schools in Florida. Some focus on the arts, some on sciences. Others are high schools that help students who are at risk for not finishing or dropping out completely.
At the crossroads of busy four lane highway in Clearwater, students have to make their way through the noise and exhaust of heavy traffic to get to their high school classes.
Tucked in the back of of a strip mall is Enterprise High School. The 5-year-old charter school focuses on just one kind of student, those at risk for not finishing high school at all.
You may have one a lot like it very close by and not even know it.
Donna Hulbert, Director of the school says Enterprise gives its student free bus passes, eliminating one obstacle to getting here on time.
“We are located here, really, for one purpose only. We have four bus stops on the corners of our intersection.”
New Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry end-of-course exams won’t factor into students’ final grades this year, the Florida Department of Education says. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the state says the tests won’t be validated in time to include the test results in student grades.
Achieve, a national education reform group, has found gaps between the results shown by students in state reading and math exams and the percentage of those who display proficiency in those same subjects on national tests. But, the gap may shrink as states begin to implement changes from higher academic standards.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she is largely meeting goals leading Florida schools.
The State Department of Education posted Stewart’s self-evaluation of her performance Thursday. The State Board of Education is scheduled to discuss Stewart’s evaluation at a meeting next week.
Stewart says she has met the top three goals set out for her by the State Board of Education:
- Improve rates of learning and students achievement.
- Improve graduation and completion rates.
- Complete a positive transition to new K-12 standards and assessments and to improved K-16 accountability systems.
The evaluation cites a list of achievements to prove Stewart’s case: The state’s top-10 ranking for academic efforts in Education Week’s annual report card; rising high school graduation rates; improved performance of Florida’s black and Hispanic students on national exams, particularly compared to white classmates; the number and rate of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams.
A former dean at Miami Dade College has been selected to lead the Florida College System.
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart chose Madeline Pumariega to be chancellor of the state’s system of community colleges.
Pumariega worked for more than a decade at Miami Dade College, including serving as Dean of Students at the Wolfson Campus. She has been the president and CEO of Take Stock in Children since 2013.
The statewide non-profit takes students at risk of dropping out of high school and helps them complete college.
Stewart says Pumariega will maintain the progress Florida’s college system has made.
“With Madeline’s extensive background in higher education and commitment to helping Florida’s students thrive,” Stewart said in a statement, “she is the right choice to ensure we continue our positive direction.”
Pumareiga follows Randy Hanna, who announced he was leaving the post last year.
The Florida College System enrolls more than 800,000 students at 28 schools across Florida. At many campuses, students can earn two-year or four-year degrees.
The National Center for Educational Statistics has been projecting trends in student populations for the next few years. They believe that if student demographics continue to mirror trends in national population trends, U.S. schools will continue to become more and more diverse.