Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Project Lead the Way Works: A New Type of Career and Technical Program

This report compared the outcomes of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) relative to the High Schools That Work (HSTW) program.  The majority of study participants were white males who had parents that pursued post-secondary education. PLTW students had higher scores in math and science on the NAEP-referenced HSTW Assessment than similar HSTW career/technical students in comparable career/technical fields and all fields.

High School Redesign Initiative

In February 2013, during his State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the High School Redesign initiative. The initiative will encourage schools to develop new college and career pathways through a $300 million competitive grant program.  On June 7, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan followed up with details on the competition. Along with his announcement, the U.S.

STEM High Schools Built on More Than Science and Math

In top STEM high schools, programs are not built around course materials but rather based on other factors such as project-based learning, critical thinking and collaboration. Steven Zipkes, founding principal of Manor New Technology High School, a nationally-ranked STEM high school, says that "too often we focus on what we teach,” and that “in reality, it's not what we teach, it's how we teach." 

NASA Langley Partners with VA STEAM Academy to Promote Education

NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy will partner in an effort to improve STEAM education in Virginia. As part of the partnership, NASA Langley will provide 10 mentors to Virginia STEAM Academy students and faculty, while Virginia STEAM students serve as student ambassadors to varying NASA Langley programs. 

One Oregon School District Pushes For Business, Public Partnerships

Educators, business people, and government officials in Forest Grove School District in Oregon are coming together to brainstorm ways to better prepare students for a changing world. In the superintendent’s words, the underlying point to the recent “21st Century Workforce Summit” was “help us help you.” The desire for more collaboration follows a growing district trend called “STEAM,” the acronym educators have coined for Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts, and Math.

Stepping It Up: Building Pathways to College Success in Pennsylvania and Nationwide

This paper presents findings from the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference on Higher Education in March 2009 surrounding ways to improve college success. The paper presents four steps to achieving this derived from analysis of the presentations. The steps include: 1) identifying the challenges to increased college success; 2) creating and action plan for success; 3) putting the plan into action; and, 4) working together to increase college success.

Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis

This guidebook is a step-by-step guide for schools, families and the community on how to be involved in addressing the dropout crisis. The authors provide research-based information and tools with each section to be used in implementing programs specific to the community. Each section provides background information on topics relevant to the community as a whole such as the cost of high dropout rates, along with questions techniques, strategies, and additional resources to address the community needs.


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