Education

Testing
11:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat

The percentage of Florida third graders passing state reading and math exams was unchanged this year.
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The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state's FCAT math and reading exams did not improve this year -- remaining largely flat for the past three years -- according to initial test results released Friday.

Fifty-seven percent of third graders scored at least a 3, the state's passing score, on the reading test. On the math exam, 58 percent of third graders scored a least a 3.

Writing scores were mixed. A higher percentage of eighth and tenth graders passed the writing exam this year. But fewer fourth graders passed the exam.

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Education
10:34 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Not all kids lie on research surveys. But enough teenagers make up answers that it can significantly skew the results.
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Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 1:30 pm

Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey — a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without any grown-ups hovering over them. Hundreds of thousands of students take such surveys every year. School districts use them to gather data; so do the federal government, states and independent researchers.

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StateImpact Florida
2:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

About That Charter School Funding Study...

Do traditional district schools receive more money than charter schools? A Rutgers University researcher says the gap is not as big when you compare actual expenses.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:59 am

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StateImpact Florida
2:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Hackers Stole Employee Data From Florida's New Testing Company

Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 10:45 am

Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees.
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Gay Marriage
2:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition

Husbands Paul Rubio and Gildas Dousset.
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The French husband of a lifelong South Florida man has sued Florida Atlantic University to recognize their 2013 Massachusetts marriage and allow him to pay in-state tuition fees.

Journalism student Gildas Dousset wed Fort Lauderdale travel writer Paul Rubio July 25, 2013, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize the marriage of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer.

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Common Core
9:41 am
Mon May 19, 2014

What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses

Monroe Middle School science teacher Andrea Groves works with a student. Many science classes will add more reading and writing assignments as Florida finishes the switch to new K-12 math and language arts standards this fall.
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This story is part of a series from The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida looking at how Florida schools are getting ready for Common Core standards. Read — and listen to — the first two stories here and here.

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Education
9:19 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Activists Protest Florida's Race-Based Education Goals

Florida's education goals in math and reading currently vary by race.
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Students and civil rights activists have asked Gov. Rick Scott to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Dream Defenders were in Tallahassee this week to deliver a petition — with 5,800 signatures — protesting Florida’s race-based academic goals.

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Brown v. Board of Education
2:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Hear Floridians Talk About Their Desegregation Experiences

Mamie Pinder holds a photograph of herself as a young teaching student. Pinder, a retired Miami-Dade school teacher, began teaching in 1963, the year the school district began merging black and white students bodies and faculty.
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This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools were inherently unequal.

A recent ProPublica investigation found at least 300 school districts that are still under court-ordered desegregation. Eleven of those districts are in Florida.

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StateImpact Florida
7:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Florida 12th Graders Trail Nation In Math And Are Average In Reading

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 1:54 pm

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

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Education
8:40 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

WATCH: Sir Patrick Stewart Talks Arts Education, Shakespeare

Sir Patrick Stewart is the chancellor of a university.
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The actor Sir Patrick Stewart is best known in the United States for his roles on stage and on screen. But you might be surprised to learn that the man who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard is chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, a 20,000-student university in England.

Stewart was in South Florida this past week for Going Global, an international higher education conference sponsored by the British Council.

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StateImpact Florida
12:33 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

How Florida's Graduation Rates Compare To The Nation

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:42 am

Florida’s graduation rate increased by five percentage points between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, according to new U.S. Department of Education graduation rate data released today. But despite the improving rate, just six states and the District of Columbia have a lower graduation rate than Florida –the same number as last year.

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StateImpact Florida
4:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

How Schools Are Deciding Whether To Purchase New Common Core Materials

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:20 pm

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StateImpact
5:52 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems

Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:42 pm

Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam.

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All Things Considered
7:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:02 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some stores post a warning: Disobedient children will be given and a puppy and an espresso. Maybe that's not so bad. Kids at a Melbourne, Florida elementary school were given caffeine. Each kid was offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop, but the principal says she read a study on keeping kids' energy levels stable. By the way, Creole Elementary is rated an A+ school. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Obituary
7:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014

Florida students sit through their last FCAT this year.
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The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the FCAT will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.

FCAT was born in 1995 in the humid June of a Tallahassee summer.

The Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability under Gov. Lawton Chiles gave birth to the test. It was part of a series of recommendations that were meant to give local districts more control and a better sense of how their schools were doing.

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