ERIC Number: ED568383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Reference Count: N/A
Left to Chance: U.S. Middle Schoolers Lack In-Depth Experience with Technology and Engineering. Vital Signs: Reports on the Condition of STEM Learning in the U.S.
Change the Equation
Technology and engineering have played central roles in forming our national identity. We see the United States as a nation of tinkerers and inventors who have helped chart the course of global innovation for centuries. Only time will tell if we can continue to live up to this conception of ourselves. As technology and engineering come to affect almost every aspect of modern life, this is no small matter. New data from the first-ever Nation's Report Card in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) are not reassuring. Well less than half the nation's eighth-graders are on track to become proficient in a set of skills they will need to thrive in society and the workplace. This brief presents Change the Equation's analysis of results from survey questions TEL test takers answered after they completed the TEL assessment. A nationally representative sample of 21,500 eighth-graders in 840 U.S. public and private schools completed the survey, answering questions about how often they have learned about technology and engineering or taken part in technology and engineering activities, both in and out of school.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Job Skills, Student Surveys, Educational Opportunities, Technological Literacy, Engineering, Socioeconomic Status, Technology Uses in Education, Females
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Authoring Institution: Change the Equation