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1 Florida Education: The Next Generation DRAFT March 13, 2008 Version 1.0 State of the State in Science Education 2009 November 12, 2009 FASS meeting Presented by Sally Sanders Science Specialist Office of Mathematics and Science Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction Florida Department of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith, Commissioner

2 Successes Gains in science proficiency for Grades 5 and 8: Student achievement on the 2009 Grade 5 Science FCAT has increased by 11 percentage points since 2006 and has increased by three percentage points compared to 2008 Student achievement on the 2009 Grade 8 Science FCAT has increased by 9 percentage points since 2006 and has increased by one percentage point compared to 2008

3 Concerns Grade 11 Student achievement on the 2009 Grade 11 Science FCAT has increased by two percentage points since 2006 and has decreased by one percentage point compared to 2008.

4 Concerns Less than 50% proficient at all three grade levels in 2009 Grade 5 = 46% proficient Grade 8 = 41% proficient Grade 11 = 37% proficient Grade 5 Six districts scored less than or equal to 30% proficient Grade 8 Eleven districts scored less than or equal to 30% proficient Grade 11 Nineteen districts scored less than or equal to 30% proficient Six of these scored less than 20% proficient

5 Concerns Low proficiency among English Language Learners: Grade 5 = 13% proficient Grade 8 = 7% proficient Grade 11 = 4% proficient

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9 Concerns Low numbers of level 5 scores at all grade levels Grade 5 Level 5 Grade 8 Level 5 Grade 10/11 Level 5 Reading8%4%11% Mathematics9%11%8% Science2% 1%

10 10 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Science Course Descriptions Approved by State Board of Education on September 15, 2009 Whats new or different? Grade level elementary science courses with grade- specific benchmarks from the NGSSS Middle school and high school course descriptions were revised to reflect the NGSSS

11 Science Course Requirements Middle Grades Course Requirements 3 middle school or higher courses in science (F.S ) Life Science, Earth/Space Science, and Physical Science or Comprehensive Science series High School Graduation Requirements 3 years of science; 2 of which must have lab component (F.S ) Any combination of science courses or Integrated Science Series

12 Top 10 High School Science Courses Statewide Highest total enrollmentOffered by most districts 1.Biology I 2. Integrated Science I2. Biology I Honors 3. Biology I Honors3. Earth/Space Science 4. Earth/Space Science4. Chemistry I 5. Chemistry I5. Chemistry I Honors 6. Chemistry I Honors6. Integrated Science I 7. Physical Science 8. Marine Science I8. Environmental Science 9. Physics I Honors9. Marine Science I 10. Earth/Space Science Honors10. Physics I Honors

13 Course Enrollment and Student Grades AP Enrollment 20 districts do not offer any AP Science courses Most Failed Courses 1.Marine Science 1 and Integrated Science 2 2.Physical Science Honors 3.Biology 1

14 14 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Science Course Requirements State legislature is working to increase science graduation requirements: Begin with Biology 1 Phase in other science course requirements

15 15 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Actions to address concerns and needs Provide resources and research-based professional development programs to support increased science achievement CPALMS PROMiSE Model Lessons Project Work with the state legislature to add rigorous science course requirements and to develop and evaluate valid and reliable measures of student achievement

16 Most prestigious award for science educators The 2010 award is for teachers of grades K-6 Nominations for the 2010 award opened in mid-October 2009 and close April 1, 2010 Teacher application process opens in mid- November 2009 and closes May 3, 2010 Anyone can nominate a teacher in a public or private school

17 17 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Why Apply??? Every year up to 108 recipients of the Presidential Award receive: A citation signed by the President of the United States An opportunity to join a dynamic network of Presidential Awardees A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a week-long series of recognition events and professional development sessions

18 18 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education PAEMST Selection Process A state selection committee will meet in the spring of 2010 to select up to three Florida finalists who will be entered into the national selection process One science teacher from Florida may be awarded national recognition

19 19 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Changes to the PAEMST Program for 2010 Narrative for the dimensions is reduced to 15 pages Video length changed to 45 minutes or one class period, whichever is shorter Eliminated supplementary video No longer accepting VCR videos Clarified that the video must be related to the narrative; however, the narrative can discuss a more extensive unit than the video demonstrates Scoring criteria is defined in terms of quality rather than specificity

20 20 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Congratulations to Floridas 2008 Presidential Awardee for Science Wendy Shelden Grade 4 Teacher Ralph M. Williams Elementary School Rockledge, Florida Brevard County

21 21 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Congratulations to Floridas 2009 State Finalists for Science David Buncher, Ed.D. Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Honors Physics Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, Dade County Allan Phipps AP Environmental Science and Solar & Alternative Energies South Plantation High School, Broward County Cary Rosillo 6 th and 7 th Grade Integrated Science Independence Middle School, Palm Beach County Honorable Mention Award Susan Shepard Pre-AP Biology and Honors Biology Jupiter High School, Palm Beach County

22 22 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education PAEMST Contacts Sally Sanders, State PAEMST Coordinator for Science Teresa Sweet, State PAEMST Coordinator for Mathematics Visit this site to nominate a K-6 teacher

23 Real World Design Challenge US Department of Energy engineering competition for high school students Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp announced Floridas participation in the RWDC in August 2009 Student teams develop solutions to a real-world engineering problem; the 2010 challenge will focus on aeronautics and energy usage Schools are encouraged to develop cross- curricular teams representing STEM programs

24 Real World Design Challenge Deadline for teachers to register teams: November 16, html html Deadline for teams to submit solutions: January 15, 2010 Panel of experts will select a winning team to represent Florida at national competition March 26-29, 2010 in Washington, DC

25 25 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Sunshine State Scholars Program is a re-organization year New design will focus on awards specific to university or college programs New Sunshine State Scholars Program is planned to be in place

26 26 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Science Instructional Materials Specifications Critical Components of K-12 Science Teaching and Learning in Florida Standards-based Instruction Learning progressions through 18 Big Ideas Introduction of concepts at appropriate grade level Integration of Science Content and Science Process Instructional materials should support the integration of the Nature of Science benchmarks within science content Dynamic Data-based Instruction Language and History of Science

27 27 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Science Instructional Materials Specifications Critical Components of K-12 Science Teaching and Learning in Florida Early Development of Science Knowledge and Skills Focus on Understanding Concepts Targeting Misconceptions Integration of Technology Skills and Tools

28 28 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Someone is retiring… Guess Who?

29 29 Division of Public Schools (PreK -12) Florida Department of Education Office of Mathematics and Science Website: Newsletters –sent out monthly to FASS and other stakeholders (850)


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