ERIC Number: ED496324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Building a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Agenda
Toulmin, Charles N.; Groome, Meghan
National Governors Association
The global economy has "flattened" the world in terms of skills and technology. A new workforce of problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors who are self-reliant and able to think logically is one of the critical foundations that drive innovative capacity in a state. The K-12 (kindergarten through grade 12) education system, with the support of postsecondary education, the business sector, foundations, and government, must ensure that: (1) all students graduate from high school with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies; and (2) a greater number of students graduate from high school as potential professionals in STEM fields. In this document, it is recommended that governors adopt policy tools in three areas to build a comprehensive STEM policy agenda: (1) aligning rigorous and relevant K-12 STEM education requirements to the expectations (inputs) of postsecondary education and the workplace; (2) developing statewide capacity for improved K-12 STEM teaching and learning to implement that aligned STEM education and work system; and (3) supporting new models that focus on rigor and relevance to ensure that every student is STEM literate upon graduation from high school and a greater number of students move onto postsecondary education and training in STEM disciplines. (Contains 2 figures and 58 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, Engineering, Education Work Relationship, Scientific and Technical Information, Science and Society, Scientific Literacy, Technological Literacy, Numeracy, Educational Attainment, Incidence, High School Graduates, Educational Improvement, Curriculum Development, Articulation (Education)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED544470