Category Archives: Our Science Standards

Congratulations! Florida gets an A!

A paper in the latest edition of Evolution: Education and Outreach examines how each state’s middle school science standards cover evolution (A state-by-state comparison of middle school science standards on evolution in the United States). The standards were judged in … Continue reading

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Eight years later: Are Florida’s students still losing out on a solid science education?

In June 2009, a full eight years ago, I wrote a column published in the Gainesville Sun with the pointed headline: Is science education important to Florida? Is science education important to Florida? That is a relevant question to ask … Continue reading

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Voices for reason

A new member of the Pinellas County School Board, Nina Hayden, was quized by the St. Petersburg Times. One particular answer made me smile: Question: It appears the state Board of Education may have to adopt new academic standards by … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel on our standards

The Orlando Sentinel noticed the issue concerning our science standards, but just on their School Zone blog. I don’t think it made it into the actual paper. The Florida Department of Education says it is still researching the issue but … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg Times on our standards

The St. Petersburg Times had already noticed the potential problem with state science standards in a post on their Gradebook blog Nov. 3. Today the newspaper published a full story on the issue: Could science standards devolve into new battle? … Continue reading

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Education Week on our standards

Education Week reporter Sean Cavanagh has an article up about the newest twist in our state science standards epic. I spoke with Moore, who made it clear that he wasn’t making any judgment about the scientific merits of the new … Continue reading

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Word about standards’ problem is getting out

The St. Petersburg Times education blog picked up on the news I broke concerning Next Generation standards (see last Friday’s post). For what it’s worth, the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee includes Rep. D. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, the lead House sponsor … Continue reading

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Tallahassee, we have a problem

A bruising, exhausting fight centered on the subject of evolution wrapped up Feb. 19 when the State Board of Education (BoE) finally approved Florida’s new science standards for the public school system. Shortly thereafter the fight reignited in the state … Continue reading

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