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Professors: How to boost science achievement in Florida



FCAT scores suggest Florida isn’t preparing its students well for science in college. Here’s what more than 90 science professors say the state should do: Get rid of the 11th grade science FCAT. Replace it with end-of-course exams. Require three science courses for graduation (four for Bright Futures eligibility). Ramp up professional development for science teachers with a campaign on par with Just Read Florida!

FSU physics professor Paul Cottles writes about this in this weekend op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat. Here’s a recent white paper that outlines the professors’ suggestions in more detail. Here’s a list of professors who signed it.

Ron Matus, state education reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:28am]


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