The Committee on STEM education of the National Science & Technology Council has released, Charting a Course for Success: American’s Strategy for STEM Education. This five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education outlines a strategy that will succeed best with participation by the entire STEM education stakeholder community. The plan identifies three aspirational goals: 1) build strong foundations for STEM liteacy 2) increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM and 3) prepare the STEM workforce of the future These goals can be reached through cross-cutting set of approaches which include development of partnerships, engagement with converging disciplines,…
STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Early Childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant reports that children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM vocabularies and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills. Along with their findings, researchers offer several recommendations including engaging parents, supporting teacher professional development, and increasing resources. Full Report
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first-ever nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy in 2014. Eighth-grade students were presented real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. Students were asked to respond to questions aimed at assessing their knowledge and skill in understanding technological principles, solving technology and engineering-related problems, and using technology to communicate and collaborate. Read more.
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the Johns Hopkins School of Education released a report calling for a national commitment to “rebalancing the education equation to create the equitable learning environments necessary to improve STEM literacy and competency “ in today’s diverse society. The report, Solving the Education Equation: A New Model for Improving STEM Workforce Outcomes Through Academic Equity provides six recommendations needed to address the culturally based explicit and implicit biases that exist in education, particularly in STEM. Read more.