Putting Education Reform To The Test


Stories about students and the initiatives designed to improve performance. Are the many education reforms Florida has adopted having an impact?

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Despite Losing Grant, Choral Group Still Teaching Miami Students To Sing

Tenor Patrick Muehleise, soprano Sara Guttenberg, alto Luthien Brackett and bass James Bass of Serpahic Fire. All have worked as teachers.

As soon as the fourth and fifth graders at Natural Bridge Elementary were handed the lyrics to Amazing Grace, they were ready to sing out. But first, they needed a lesson in the four voice types of a choir – bass, tenor, alto and soprano. One by one members of the group added their part [...]

Tampa Academy Introduces Students To Maritime Careers

Maritime Academy Director John Paradis (c) on the Port tour

  Florida is a state that juts out into the water and is home to 14 ports — but still the maritime industry is a mystery to most teens. Now, a rapidly aging workforce in one of the state’s major economic engines is behind a push to reach a younger generation and teach them about [...]

Why President Obama’s Call For Less Testing Might Not Change Much

President Barack Obama recently said he thinks there should be less testing in schools. He admits his administration is partly to blame for the problem.

Recently, President Barack Obama admitted he’d made a mistake when it comes to public schools. Like most people with big news to share – he posted it on Facebook. “I also hear from parents who, rightly, worry about too much testing,” Obama said in a video posted to the White House’s Facebook page. For more [...]

Miami-Dade Gets Good Marks On “Nation’s Report Card”

Miami-Dade students improved their scores on two of four national reading and math exams, even as scores dropped nationally. The results are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP — also known as the “nation’s report card.” The test is given every two years in math and reading to 4th and 8th grade [...]

Florida Schools Struggle To Find Enough Bilingual Teachers

Royal Palm Elementary School Alexandra Martin has two teaching certifications. She says creating bilingual lessons is twice the work.

Most of the students at Royal Palm Elementary in Miami have Spanish-speaking families. But those families also want their kids to speak – and read and write – more Spanish in school. So teacher Alexandra Martin is leading her 1st grade class through “Vamos Papa,” with each child reading a passage from the Spanish language [...]

Deciphering Dueling Stats on Graduation Rates

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It sounded like a story guaranteed to irritate taxpayers: a national study out of Rutgers university says more and more public high school students are taking longer than four years to graduate. Instead, they’re in school for five or six — or more –  years! But Florida school officials say that’s not a problem here. [...]

Read: The First Results From Florida’s New Statewide Test

The first results from the Florida Standards Assessments have been sent to school districts.

Florida school districts received the first round of test results from the Florida Standards Assessments this week. The results show what percentage of students in each district scored within each quartile of all Florida students taking the exams. Parents can expect more detailed scores for their students next month. The state is now setting cut [...]

5 Things We Learned From An International Study On Technology In Schools

A new study finds the more students use email and the Internet in school, the lower their scores on international math and reading exams.

Last week the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released the results of a global study looking at the effect of technology on 15-year-olds test scores. The group oversees one of the most important international exams, so their research matters. And the research matters even more to Florida because state law requires schools spend half [...]

Study Finds More Classroom Technology Doesn’t Mean More Learning

The more technology students use in school, the less progress they make on math and reading lessons. That’s the conclusion of a leading international education research group on the use of technology in schools. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development oversees the largest international math and reading exams in the world. The group recently [...]

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