Does adding an extra hour of reading instruction help students? WJCT reporter Rhema Thompson finds, like many things in education, the evidence is mixed. Experts said success depends on how the addition instruction is implemented.
Students receiving tax credit scholarships to private schools are keeping pace with national norms, according an annual review of student test scores redefinED reports. The report found tax credit scholarship students are typically among the lowest-performing and most economically disadvantaged students.
The Lee County school board is considering opting the entire district out of standardized tests — and would be the first school district in Florida to do so. Board members said the tests are too expensive and are designed for kids to fail.
School districts across the country are running into roadblocks as they try to update technology and teaching methods in classrooms, MindShift reports. Florida schools are required to add digital curriculum, but not every district has added the high-speed Internet capacity needed to make it work.
This coming Saturday marks the grand opening for Florida’s 12th state university. Florida Polytechnic University, in Polk County, will offer a tuition-free education focused on science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — to its inaugural class of about 550 students. They start on August 25th.
President Randy Avent sat down with Robin Sussingham from WUSF in Tampa to talk about his vision for the new university.
Q: This is not a Silicon Valley, this is not a Research Triangle, this is a rural Polk County location. So how is that going to affect this university? How’s it going to affect your job? Is it going to make recruiting more difficult? Tell me about how this fits in?
A: It will make recruiting more difficult, but it’s an opportunity. We like to use this a catalyst to really develop that [Interstate]-4 corridor, high-tech corridor that everyone talks about. You know, we’re geographically located halfway between Tampa and [the University of South Florida] and Orlando and [the University of Central Florida] – both of them great institutions. And so the question is how can we bridge the gap between those two institutions and help create that mission and create that corridor
Q: I read an article about you recently and he said “Dr. Avent sees the future of university research as less curiosity-driven and more focused on solving real-world problems.” Tell me what that means?
Common Core math and language standards are neither as bad as critics say nor the silver bullet proponents want, Conor P. Williams writes. But what the standards should do is improve state data and allow states to better compare what is working and what isn’t.
Advocates who pushed to rename Jacksonville’s Nathan Bedford Forrest High School have raised less than $3,000 of the $242,000 cost of changing logos, mascots and more.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said he would pause any penalties for students, teachers and schools while the state transitions to new Common Core-based math and language arts standards and a new online test.
Florida school leaders have asked for a three-year pause while teachers get comfortable with the new standards and students adjust to what is expected to be more challenging class work and state exams. States which are already using Common Core-tied exams saw the percentage of students passing the exams decline by about 30 points the first year the tests were used.
Florida schools are rated based, in part, on student test scores. Schools which earn a low grade can have their leadership and staff replaced or even be closed. Teachers will also be evaluated and paid based, in part, on those new test results.
“They’re unfair,” Crist said of why he supports pausing the penalties. “They don’t even know what test they’re going to use now. It’s a disaster. We need to change and we need help.”
Family and wealth — and not education — are the most important factors in whether a child succeeds in life according to 30-year study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Children whose parents were married and working ended up better off than peers in poor or single-parent homes.
Just 33 of the nearly 800 people included in the study went from being considered low-income to considered high-income.
NPR profiled two people included in the study, and you can listen to the story below.
The vice president of the Florida Education Association has written an op-ed explaining the union’s lawsuit challenging a law expanding tax credit scholarships and creating a new voucher for students with disabilities. Joanne McCall said lawmakers took a five-page bill and expanded it to 40 pages — much of it added