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Florida needs better science standards, State Board member says



Florida Board of Education vice chairman John Padget on Tuesday continued his criticisms of the state's science standards, which have received a mediocre review from the Fordham Institute.

"Florida has to raise its science standard," Padget declared during the board's meeting in Tampa.

But, as some advocates feared, he did not look to the Next Generation Science Standards that many groups are pushing and the State Board is collecting public input about whether to adopt. Fordham rated the NGSS as no better than Florida's standards, after all, he noted.

By contrast, Fordham gave top marks to the standards in place in California and the District of Columbia. And that's where Padget said he is looking.

"When the time is right, I will advocate for the adoption of either California's or D.C.'s (standards) ... or a combination of the two," said the Monroe businessman and former schools superintendent.

That will save the state money and avoid reinventing the standards wheel, he suggested. "Florida must get it right."

You still have until the end of June to submit comments about the NGSS to the Florida Department of Education.


[Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:07am]


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