ERIC Number: ED353142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Implementation of Florida's Comprehensive Plan To Improve Mathematics, Science and Computer Education.
Dana, Thomas M.; Shaw, Kenneth L.
Improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and computer usage has been the focus of both education scholars and government policymakers over the last decade. The state of Florida responded by developing a statewide plan to coordinate reform efforts published as "A Comprehensive Plan: Improving Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education in Florida (Comprehensive Plan)." This paper summarizes the effort to evaluate the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and findings resulting from the evaluation. Initial sections describe the reform movement, reform efforts in California, and the development of the Comprehensive Plan. Subsequent sections describe the evaluation design, implementation efforts of the Comprehensive Plan, observations regarding the influence a state policy has on local curriculum reform efforts, implications for various groups participating in the implementation of the policy, and specific findings and recommendations of the evaluation. A total of 44 findings were reported according to their contribution to attaining the eight goals of the Comprehensive Plan. The goals were: (1) to strengthen the K-12 curricula with an emphasis on student learning that prepares them to succeed in a technologically oriented society; (2) to make mathematics, science, and computer education more exciting by providing incentives to restructure schools and school systems; (3) to increase the use of instructional technology; (4) to increase the number of qualified teachers in these fields; (5) to increase opportunities for minority, female, at-risk, disabled, and gifted students to pursue programs and careers in mathematics, science, and computer fields; (6) to make measurable improvements by 1999; (7) to re-examine and adjust the statewide testing program to support the goals of the Comprehensive Plan; and (8) to expand the productive collaboration of educators with parents, community resources, business, and industry. A list of 12 recommendations resulting from the study is provided. (Contains 20 references.) (MDH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Computer Science Education, Coordination, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Program Evaluation, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: N/A