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Florida Science Standards go from F to High B

. . . and I think they’re headed for an A. The writing committee is to be commended for their hard work. The National Center for Science Education and Florida Citizens for Science have issued a press release giving an evaluation of the new standards by one of the experts who participated in giving the old ones an F.

This is good news for Florida’s science education in many ways. There are those who are trying to make this all about evolution, and I won’t deny that I personally regard it as extremely important that evolution be included fully in the standards as an organizing principle of biology. It should be thoroughly understood by our students. But there is much more to these standards.

It’s time to increase our expectations in science education. At the same time, we need to be prepared to support our educators as they carry these out.

[Note: I am a board member of Florida Citizens for Science.]

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