This report provides evidence-based strategies to increase student proficiency and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) sought out the expertise of educators, school administrators, private companies, government officials in education, and STEM practitioners to inform their policy recommendations. Suggestions range from more federal promotion of STEM to innovative and experiential learning of STEM for students from all backgrounds.
A bill was introduced in Wisconsin that would allow middle school students to earn high school credits starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Students would be taught using high school equivalent curriculum teachers licensed to teach at the high school level. The bill would address budgetary constraints that have led to career exploration courses being cut, would allow students to focus on more college readiness courses, and would allow students move through high school more quickly.
This spotlight from The Condition of Education 2013 examines employment rates by educational attainment among 20-64 year olds between 1990 and 2012. Findings include the following: employment rates for those with a bachelor's degree were generally higher than for those without a bachelor's degree and there was a male-female gap in employment rates. To access the full Condition of Education 2013 report, visit: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013037.pdf.
Algebra Academy, a weeklong program that serves eighth grade students in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties in California, allows students to work with math professors and graduate students to improve their skills in algebra. The program is aimed at reducing students' need for remediation by providing them with an "algebra booster shot" and also tracks the students after their participation in the program.
This evaluation of New Jersey GEAR UP assessed the quality of program implementation and outcomes of the program implementation in middle and high schools.
This report examined disparities in the distribution of teaching and learning resources in California secondary schools. Results indicated that the most disadvantaged populations of middle and high school students are likely have teachers with limited qualifications to teach their subject areas. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds also were less likely to be enrolled in the necessary courses for admission to four-year public institutions.
This national study examines Phase I of the implementation of Talent Search, a federal program designed to encourage students to participate in the federal aid program for post-secondary education. This report provides program growth, regulatory and legislative changes that occurred during this period and how the program was operating in terms of providing academic assistance, using technology to serve students, and issues faced when serving middle school students.
This study assessed the relationship between high school students home environment and post-secondary aspirations. Data was obtained from the School Success Profile survey administered to middle and high school students. Analyses were limited to a sub-sample of more than 11,000 students from two states. All students in the sample were included based on their eligibility for free or reduced price lunch program. Parental support and parents' high behavioral and academic expectations were associated with greater aspirations.
On June 18, Secretary Arne Duncan informed state chiefs that the administration is open to flexibility requests around the principal and teacher evaluation implementation deadline for those states that already have approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waivers. For these states, consequences around new assessments can be delayed for up to one year, until 2016-17.
Two Common Core State Standards experts from the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers address myths around the state standards in this article from Education Week. Among the topics covered are the creation of the standards, their alignment with postsecondary needs, and their miscategorization as a curriculum.