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Florida Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Center? As stated in HB 1489, the purpose of the Center is increasing student achievement in mathematics and science with an emphasis on K-12 education. The Center will accomplish this by: 1) providing technical assistance and support to school districts and schools in the development and implementation of mathematics and science instruction 2) conducting applied research on policy and practices related to mathematics and science instruction and assessment in the state 3) conducting or compiling basic research regarding student acquisition of mathematics and science knowledge and skills 4) developing comprehensive course frameworks for mathematics and science courses that emphasize rigor and relevance at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Student achievement data should be used to aid in the development of course frameworks for low-performing schools, special needs students, females, and minorities. 5) disseminating information regarding research-based teaching practices in

mathematics and science to teachers and teacher educators in the state

6) collecting, managing, and reporting on assessment information regarding student achievement in mathematics and science. The report shall include student achievement by ethnic group. 7) establishing partnerships with public and private universities, community colleges, school districts, and other appropriate entities to further increase student achievement in mathematics and science 8) developing a comprehensive plan, with input from school districts, to increase the number and percentage of females and minority students enrolling in and successfully completing mathematics and science courses 9) working to revise and improve the state standards for mathematics and science How will the Center be established? The Center will be established by a competitive bid from the Florida Dept of Education with a Florida Institute of Higher Education who will be granted funds to establish this center. Proposals are due to the Florida Dept of Education by November 3, 2006. Why is this Center needed? High school students need to be prepared to enter the workforce and post-secondary education. At a time when job growth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is steadily increasing, there is a disproportionate number of mathematics and science degrees awarded to U. S. citizens. The 2005 Florida Summit on

Mathematics and Science Education provided compelling evidence that in the next decade, Florida faces a major threat to economic strength and growth. Only six percent of Florida's need for graduates in mathematics and science is currently being met. New job entrants do not possess sufficient knowledge in mathematics and science to fill even entry-level positions in replacements of retirees and planned growth of high-tech industries.

Percent of Students Who Require Remediation at the Post-Secondary Level

Students Entering Florida's State Universities 2003 Reading 4% Writing 4% Mathematics 7% Students Entering Florida's Community Colleges Reading 42% Writing 29% Mathematics 54% 2004 3% 3% 6% 36% 26% 47%

What are the goals of the Center? Specific goals of the Center have been identified that align with the strategic imperatives of the State Board of Education: · Increase the supply of highly effective teachers by developing o induction and mentoring programs for new teachers that focus on content knowledge and pedagogy in mathematics and science education o intensive, continuing induction, training, and mentoring programs for secondary school teachers entering the teaching profession from other careers that supplements the alternative certification requirements o guidelines that align teacher education programs with current classroom needs and conditions o mathematics and science endorsements for teachers of grades preK 3 and grades 4 6 o guidelines that align middle grades integrated certification for mathematics and science with ongoing middle grades reform · Set, align, and apply academic curricular and assessment standards by o building on the K-12 Chancellor's aligned system of revised standards, instructional materials adoption process, and revised assessment framework to facilitate the integration of rigorous standards in mathematics and science throughout the K-12 curriculum by reviewing curriculum and professional development materials and describing how

these programs will remain responsive to the need for increased instruction rigor o devising and promoting interdisciplinary curriculum maps with relationships to other fields within each content area o using research and analysis of student performance data to support the identification of effective mathematics and science instruction · Improve student rates of learning by identifying best practices that will o increase the number of K-12 students actively engaged in mathematics and science learning by promoting the increase of course requirements in both science and mathematics at the secondary level followed by the increase in the number of more rigorous courses required at the high school level o support implementation of identified effective interventions for low performing students o support and enhance reading in the content areas of mathematics and science · Align workforce education programs with skill requirements of an economy that requires increased skill levels of mathematics and science by identifying best practices that will o increase the number of graduates prepared to enter postsecondary education or a technical career without the need for remediation in mathematics o create and support career academies with rigorous curricula in mathematics and science

Who will benefit from the work of this Center? · All Florida students, who will benefit from improved mathematics and science materials and instruction · Florida parents, whose children will be better prepared for entering the workforce and post-secondary education institutions · Florida teachers, who will benefit from well integrated curricula, rigorous and relevant professional development, and student assessment aligned to curricula · Florida businesses, who will be able to hire graduates with strong skills in

mathematics and science

Who do I contact for more information? Todd Clark, [email protected], 850-245-0764 Kate Kemker, [email protected], 850-245-9868

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