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Report
Florida Association of Science
Supervisors
October 24, 2007
Sunshine State Scholars
Sunshine State Scholars
This year, the SSSP is developing an on-line
system for designating the District Scholars.
The superintendents will be notified of how
to use the system as soon as it is available.
It will be operational by November 1, 2007.
District offices should submit their District
Scholars’ information by November 16,
2007.
MSP – Florida Science
Partnerships
10 MSP Grants were awarded to 8 school
districts
Deliverables will be made available
statewide
For websites and more information, see:
http://www.fldoestem.org/page205.aspx
State Science Fair
FL DOE will provide funding to support the
State Science Fair
The 2008 fair will be held April 16 – 18 in
Lakeland, FL
More information is available at this
website:
http://www.floridassef.net/CURRENT.htm
Presidential Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Education
Congratulations to the 2007 Florida Finalist!
Robert Dull
Palm Harbor University High
Pinellas County
IB and AP Chemistry
Allen Phipps
South Plantation High School
Broward County
AP Environmental Science
Lisa Peake
Wesley Chapel High
Pasco County
Chemistry 9-12
Presidential Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Education
2008 Award Process
teachers in grades K-6
nomination form and application form will be
online October/November
nominations due by February 1, 2008
applications post marked by May 1, 2008
web site www.paemst.org
Naval Aviation Distance Learning
National Museum of Naval Aviation
legislative appropriation 2007 – 2008
educational outreach for the Flight
Adventure Deck program
prototype for a 5.5 day course for 7th – 12th
grade students throughout the state
web-based program using aviation as the
primary motivating theme
In development this year!
Standards Database
OMS is working closely with FCR-STEM to
develop a standards database
The database will be a resource for
teachers and curriculum specialists to:
Create lesson plans
Group and print the new content standards
Submit new courses
Other things we haven’t thought of!
Florida’s New World-class
Sunshine State Standards
World Class Education Standards (WCES) are defined as
standards by subject area that require critical thinking
and problem-solving skills, foster creativity and
innovation, and cultivate the acquisition of
communication and information through the use of
contextual and applied-learning strategies that promote
global competitiveness.
When implemented through quality instruction and content,
these standards prepare all students to compete
internationally at their highest levels.
Why World-Class
Modeled From the Best of the
Mathematics
Best
Science
Singapore – top on TIMSS
Finland – top on PISA
Massachusetts, California,
Indiana – standards A
National Council
Teachers of
Mathematics
K – 8 Focal Points
– Big Ideas
General Topic Tracing
Maps, top TIMSS
Nations
NAEP Framework
AAAS materials
Massachusetts
National Research
Council
Standards Timelines
Mathematics
Began September 2006
Adopted September 2007
Access points utilized for
alternative assessment in
2008
2007-2008 Transition year
New course descriptions
Standards cross walk
Text book alignment
2008-2009 Implementation
2010-2011
Assessment
Science
Began May 2007
Adoption Jan. 2008
2007-2008 Transition year
New course descriptions
Standards cross walk
Text book alignment
2008-2009 Implementation,
access points utilized for
alternative assessment
2011-2012 Assessment
Why do our children need
world-class science
standards?
Two findings from the 2006 National
Research Council report, Rising Above
the Gathering Storm:
Americans may not know enough about science
and technology to contribute to the emerging
knowledge-based economy.
Rise in new international competitors in science
and engineering is forcing the US to ask whether
our current education system can meet the
demands of the 21st century.
NRC, 2006 Rising Above the Gathering Storm, pp 94-95
The US lags behind other leading
industrialized nations in producing
college graduates with first degrees in
science and engineering.
Florida’s Agency for Workforce
Innovation, labor market statistics
project:
78% of Florida’s fastest growing occupations
will require post-secondary certification by
2014, most of which will require vocational
certification.
By 2030, 87% of job demand in Florida
will require post secondary certification,
with over a fourth requiring a Masterslevel or higher.
According to Achieve Inc., worldclass science instruction empowers
students to:
maximize employment opportunities in a
global economy driven by science and
technology;
participate in a democracy in the context of
a global society; and
make informed decisions as a consumer,
e.g., on health care and retirement
planning.
According to Schmidt et al. (2001), the typical 8th grade
science student in the US is required to cover far more
topics than those in the A+ TIMSS countries.
Country
# of Science Topics
in 8th Grade
Curriculum
Singapore
38
Japan
19
Korea
6
United States
79
How do Florida’s current K-8
standards compare with worldclass models
Florida NAEP1 Singapore2 Finland3
#1 TIMSS
#1 PISA
# K-8 GLE’s
607
113
226
184
GLE’s per
grade level
67
14
38
20
1The
2009 NAEP science framework encompasses grades 1-8
2Singapore begins science instruction at grade 3 and
continues for a total of six years through lower secondary.
3Finland’s science standards encompass grades 1-9
General Topic Trace Mapping (GTTM) of the A+ TIMSS countries vs. US
Topic
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Organs, tissues
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Organs, tissues
Physical properties of matter
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Physical properties of matter
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Plants, fungi
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Plants, fungi
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Animals
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Animals
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Classification of matter
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Classification of matter
Rocks, soil
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Rocks, soil
Light
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Light
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Electricity
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Electricity
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Life Cycles
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Life Cycles
Physical changes of matter
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Physical changes of matter
Heat and temperature
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Heat and temperature
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Bodies of water
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Bodies of water
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Interdependence of life
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Interdependence of life
Habitats and niches
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Habitats and niches
Biomes and ecosystems
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Biomes and ecosystems
Reproduction
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Reproduction
Time, space, motion
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Time, space, motion
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Types of forces
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Types of forces
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Weather and climate
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Weather and climate
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Planets in the solar system
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Planets in the solar system
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A+ countries
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21 U.S.states including Florida
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General Topic Trace Mapping (GTTM) of the A+ TIMSS countries vs. US (cont.)
Topic
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Magnetism
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Magnetism
Earth's composition
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Earth's composition
Organism energy handling
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Organism energy handling
Land, water, sea resource cons.
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Land, water, sea resource cons.
Earth in the solar system
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Earth in the solar system
Atoms, ions, molecules
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Atoms, ions, molecules
Chemical properties of matter
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Chemical properties of matter
Chemical changes of matter
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Chemical changes of matter
Physical cycles
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Physical cycles
Land forms
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Land forms
Material and energy resource cons.
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Material and energy resource cons.
Explanations of physical changes
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Explanations of physical changes
Pollution
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Pollution
Atmosphere
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Atmosphere
Sound and vibration
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Sound and vibration
Cells
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Cells
Human nutrition
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Human nutrition
Building and breaking
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Building and breaking
Energy types, sources, conversions
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Energy types, sources, conversions
Dynamics of motion
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Dynamics of motion
Organism sensing and responding
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Organism sensing and responding
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21 U.S.states including Florida
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What do these curriculum mappings
reveal about K-8 science topic coverage
in Florida and the US as compared to the
TIMSS A+ countries?
The A+ countries tend to introduce few new topics in
each grade level and then develop those incrementally in
each subsequent grade (staggered spiral).
Florida and other states often front-load complex topics
like types of forces and weather & climate in early
elementary grades, and then devote sparse – if any –
coverage to them in subsequent grades.
What does this mean?
Fewer topics per grade, less repetition from year
to year
Move from “covering” topics to teaching them indepth for long term learning and building
connections
Teachers will need to know how to introduce
each new topic at the concrete level and move
to the abstract and then connect it to other and
more complex topics
Students inquire, experiment, build, draw,
make connections, write, and explain
How do the Proposed 9-12 Bodies of
Knowledge compare to the existing
Science Standards?
Old 9-12 Benchmarks
(Same for all 9-12)
The Nature of Matter
Energy
Force and Motion
Processes That Shape the
Earth
Earth and Space
Processes of Life
How Living Things Interact With
Their Environment
Nature of Science
New Body of Knowledge
Earth and Space
Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Nature of Science
Where can I view the draft
standards and provide input?
On the web: http://flstandards.org
Town meetings:
Leon County – Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7 PM – State
Library – RA Gray Building
Orange County – Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7 PM –
Jones High School
Others (TBD): Broward, Duval, and
Hillsborough Counties
Support
Math Science Partnership Grants
Fldoestem.org
Math Matters!
On-line PD for teachers, digital materials
Florida’s Next Round of Math & Science
Partnership Funding
$8 million for each of three years will
be dedicated to teacher professional
development on the new standards
How Can You Help?
Public Relations!
Believe students need math and science
Encourage teachers to learn more about
their content
Provide classrooms with hands-on
learning tools
Be aware of what good math and science
instruction looks like and support it
The students should be doing the work!
2007 Sunshine State Scholar
Casey Hua
Seminole High School
Interested in pursuing biomedical research, her
advice:
Funnel elementary students’ curiosity early and keep
them engaged in science and math (for her a 5th grade
gifted program)
Extra incentives for competition sponsors (students
meet other talented peers at these events)
Make students think, hands-on activities, creativity,
like Ms. Morgan her physics teacher
Let’s see some cool science and math folks, not just
pictures of old scientists!
Meet Terence Tao, Colleagues
Teasingly Call Him a Rock Star
Meet Kyla Horn,
a.k.a.
Sciencegirl,
Senior at Cocoa
Beach Jr./Sr.
High School,
K-12 Florida
Public
Schools
Kyla’s Accomplishments
One of 77 students in the world (and
the only Florida student) selected for
the highly competitive Research
Science Institute at MIT.
Awards and Accomplishments
include: Science Fairs, Science
Bowls, Science Olympiad, All Star
High School Academic Team,
Governor's Honor Program –
Astrochemisty, Florida Junior
Science, Engineering and
Humanities Symposium, Intel
International Science and
Engineering Fair, Part of student
team running ground control for
payload project aboard Space
Shuttle Columbia's final flight
PSAT: 240 (Perfect score)
ACT: 36 (Perfect Score)
SAT II Math: 800
A.P. Calculus B/C: 5
A.P. Physics: 5
A.P. Biology: 5
SAT Critical Reading: 800
SAT II Spanish: 800
A.P. English: 5
A.P. Economics: 5
A.P. U.S. History: 5
A.P. Government and
Politics: 5
Send Us Your Star Scientist or
Mathematician to Place
HERE!

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