Groups who work with immigrants say they are having a tough time enrolling in Collier County schools. The school district has been accused of denying immigrant students their right to an education guaranteed by state and federal laws.
Students might not have to take as many exams testing the same material if legislative leaders get their way. The bill wouldn’t eliminate the Florida Standards Assessments, but could let schools substitute other test scores.
Know the joke about how many college students it takes to screw in a light bulb?
Probably not, since it’s not a real joke. Nor is the decision some comedians are making to avoid college campuses where they say students today are too easily offended.
Back in June, comedian Jerry Seinfeld told ESPN radio that he was joining Chris Rock, Larry the Cable Guy and others who won’t play college campuses because they’ve become too politically correct.
“I hear that all the time,” Seinfeld told ESPN Radio. “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me don’t go near colleges — they’re so PC.”
You might be forgiven for mistaking Miami Beach High School’s auditorium for the Fillmore Thursday.
Students waved lit cellphones above their heads.
They sang along with “whoa-oh-oh” choruses.
But when the concert ended, they got a lesson in what some have dubbed nature’s most powerful force.
“It’s called compounding interest,” says Gooding, the guitarist who uses only the one name professionally and is lead singer of a band by the same name (though in all caps). “Raise your hand if you know what compounding interest is? I won’t make you say it. Awesome.”
If you watch shows like CSI or have seen a car commercial, you’ve probably heard GOODING’s music.
Florida State University physics professor Paul Cottle thinks the initial goals set for students on Florida’s new test are too low because the teachers setting the goals are judged on student test performance. He says the state should start the whole process over using outside experts with no conflicts of interest.
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 of their instructional budget on digital lessons. School districts have spent the past few years adding Internet bandwidth, improving networks and adding high-tech teaching tools.
Here’s five things we learned from their study:
The more technology, the worse the performance on tests — This was the big conclusion. The students who spent the most time using computers or on the Internet in school did worse than expected on international tests.
The students who ranked in the middle for technology use — what the OECD called moderate use — did the best on international tests.
“That’s pretty sobering for us,” said Andreas Schleicher, who leads the OECD’s education efforts. “We all hope that integrating more and more technology in school is going to help us actually to enhance learning environments. Make learning more interactive…but it doesn’t seem to be working like this.”
The Florida Department of Education has released the first draft of target scores on Florida’s new statewide exam. The target scores show a lower percentage of Florida’s black students are meeting the goal than their white classmates.
State Senators spent nearly 90 minutes questioning the process and conclusions of an outside company hired to evaluate Florida’s statewide test, the Florida Standards Assessments. Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Education tried to tamp down criticisms of the exam.
Richard Corcoran was tagged as the next Speaker of the Florida House Wednesday, and he eyeing some big proposals for education, social services and the justice system.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has closed its six-month-old investigation into a cyber attack during Florida Standards Assessments testing this spring. The agency isn’t saying who tried to shut down testing by overloading servers, or why.
But law enforcement officials said no personal student data was accessed during the attack.
FDLE said they found more than 29,000 Internet addresses were used to swamp servers run by test contractor American Institutes for Research. Some of the addresses were in the U.S., but most were believed to be foreign.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart thanked the agency for a quick response.
“I want to reassure our state’s students, parents and educators that, because of the nature of the cyber-attack, no student information was accessed and the content of the assessment was not compromised,” Stewart said in a statement. “I am pleased that the additional safeguards were effective, and we will continue working with AIR to ensure they have all of the necessary protections to provide for a smooth testing experience this year.”