Physics First

McGill-Toolen High School


ALAAPT14.pdf      Impact on AP, ACT & External Assessments

   (T. Burgess....Presented at Alabama AAPT Section Meeting 2014)

APNC13Anal.pdf           Impact of Phyics 1st on AP Sciences

   (T. Burgess....Presented at AP National Conference, Las Vegas 2013)

CASESTUDY12.pdf      Higher Math & Reasoning Scores Noted

   (Schuchardt, Malone....Published at NARST Conference)

MTACT12.pdf    Higher ACT Scores as Physics First Implemented 

   (Tim Burgess, Kerry Goff, Rebecca Hyre....McGill-Toolen, Mobile AL)

MTAPEn12.pdf    Higher AP Enrollment & Performance

   (T. Burgess, K. Goff, R. Hyre....McGill-Toolen, Mobile AL)

MTAPBio11.pdf      AP Biology Students with Physics 9 Learn More

   (T. Burgess & K. Goff, McGill-Toolen of  Mobile, AL)

MTChem10.pdf      Chemistry Students with Physics 9 Learn More

   (Tim Burgess, McGill-Toolen of  Mobile, AL)

LHSRes10.pdf        Freshman Physics Higher CAT & FCI

   (Craig Bouma, Loyola HS of Los Angeles. Active Physics)

MTRes09.pdf         McGill-Toolen freshman learn more Physics

   (Tim Burgess. Modeling Instruction)

LHSRes08.pdf        Freshman Physics Higher in CA Assessments

   (Craig Bouma, Loyola HS of Los Angeles. Active Physics)

PFMaine.pdf          Freshman students in Maine learn more Physics

   (M. O’Brien & J. Thompson, TPT. Modeling Instruction)

GoodmanDiss.pdf  AP Science enrollment & performance (Exec Sum)

   (J. Goodman, Dissertation defended and accepted Rutgers Univ)

Briarwood08.pdf    Increased interest & performance in science

   (Barry Walker, Briarwood Christian School in Alabama)

RHSRes07.pdf        Increases in AP Science Enrollment

   (Ridley HS near Philadelphia. Modeling Instruction)

MountzD_06.pdf    Increased enrollment in elective advanced sciences

   (D. Mountz, Dissertation for Immaculata University)

LHReport.htm       Improved Regents & AP Physics Scores

   (Larry Hiller, New York. Modeling Instruction)

PFPubMath04.pdf Math Score Improvement (public)

   (JoAnne Deakin, Arizona. Modeling Instruction)

PFPrtMath04.pdf    Math Score Improvement (private)

   (Howard Glasser, Germantown Friends School. Hewitt text)

Physics1stKS.pdf   Physics Freshman Exceed Seniors 

   (Earl Legleiter, Kansas. Modeling Instruction)

PFSMReas.pdf       Improved Science & Math Reasoning

   (Anita Schuchardt, Kathy Malone, et al. Modeling Instruction)

PFAP2007.pdf        Improved AP Science performance

   (Tim Burgess. Modeling Instruction)

NSTA0308.pdf       Data from National Science Teacher Ass. 2008

   (Several schools near Boston MA. Hewitt or Active Physics) 

Research on educational change always have important caveats:   

       Numerous measures effectiveness may not capture the particular strength of a program.  Science tests may fail to detect deeper comprehension.  Tests can fail to recognize skills acquired during genuine science research (one example).

     Outstanding faculty will help students succeed even if the academic program is weak or incoherent.   Providing a logical, coherent and strong academic sequence may help maximize student achievement and deepen comprehension of science. Nothing can replace high quality & dedicated staff.  

        A school may also have aims other than instructional effectiveness.  Schools may, for example, seek to aclimate students to the college experience rather than maximize learning.  A school may focus on developing skills other than the intellectual skills associated with formal academic disciplines.

       The ability, work habits, interests and background of students may have an overwhelming impact the gains associated with any program.  

Some experience and commentary by noble prize winners, leaders and science educators include:


 Clayton HS1_03.pdf  Commentary by Rex Rice

 Clayton HS2_03.pdf  Biology teachers on impact

 Clayton HS3_03.pdf  Chemistry teachers on impact

 Clayton HS99.pdf      Physics teacher on impact 

 PFPostTB.pdf            Change and challenge

 FPComp05.pdf           Comments by teachers using new sequence 



PF02088.pdf            Recommendations from ARISE Conference 2002

PFRightUp.pdf        TPT editorial by Ewald, Hickman & Myers

PTEC-07.pdf           PTEC Presentation by Paul Hickman

PhysFirst.pdf           American Assn. of Physics Teachers Brochure

HakeJP06.pdf         Science educator scholarly analysis

NobelPWLL.pdf      Comments by Nobel Prize Winner

PFRice.pdf               Comments by leader before change

AAPTPF02.pdf         American Assn. of Physics Teachers

JChEdPF.pdf            Journal of Chem. Education article

BSCSCap.pdf           Biological Sciences Study Committee 




McGill-Toolen Science Department