ERIC Number: ED539745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
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Monitoring Progress toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?
National Academies Press
Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation to identify methods for tracking progress toward the report's recommendations. In response, the NRC convened the Committee on an Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education to take on this assignment. The committee developed 14 indicators linked to the 2011 report's recommendations. By providing a focused set of key indicators related to students' access to quality learning, educator's capacity, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM, the committee addresses the need for research and data that can be used to monitor progress in K-12 STEM education and make informed decisions about improving it. The recommended indicators provide a framework for Congress and relevant deferral agencies to create and implement a national-level monitoring and reporting system that: assesses progress toward key improvements recommended by a previous National Research Council (2011) committee; measures student knowledge, interest, and participation in the STEM disciplines and STEM-related activities; tracks financial, human capital, and material investments in K-12 STEM education at the federal, state, and local levels; provides information about the capabilities of the STEM education workforce, including teachers and principals; and facilitates strategic planning for federal investments in STEM education and workforce development when used with labor force projections. All 14 indicators explained in this report are intended to form the core of this system. "Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?" summarizes the 14 indicators and tracks progress towards the initial report's recommendations.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Strategic Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, STEM Education, Federal Programs, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria, Labor Force Development, Federal Government, Measurement, Educational Policy, Surveys
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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IES Cited: ED544470