This brief describes the K-12 reforms President Obama included in the budget for 2014. These reform efforts are focused on high school redesign and career readiness; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; effective teaching and school leadership; school safety; school turnaround; and data systems.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
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.
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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.
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 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.
The Colorado Department of Education is increasing efforts to expand the state’s science programs through the implementation of school level initiatives and actively pursuing increased funding from the government.
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.