makes the following two priority recommendations to the Nation. First, ensure coherence in the Nation’s STEM education system, and second, ensure that students are taught by well-prepared and highly effective teachers. 2 National Science Board, in National Action Plan, made the following recommendation:
a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology, and engineering; • (ii) cooperate with industry experts, museums, universities, research centers, or other STEM-capable community partners to prepare and assist teachers in integrating STEM content across grades and disciplines, in promoting effective and relevant instruction, and in offering applied learning opportunities for students; and • (iii) prepare more students for advanced study and careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including by addressing the needs of underrepresented groups and of women and girls in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 3
the Federal Department of Education define STEM? For the purposes of Race to the Top, the Department has not further specified a definition for STEM (beyond the terms science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 4 STEM education includes a wide-range of disciplines, including computer science. We believe that States should have the flexibility to define the specific courses of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology, and engineering, based on the needs and available resources of the State, as well as the advice of industry experts, museums, universities, research centers, and other STEM-capable community partners.
Legislature, 2009: 261E.3 All eligible postsecondary institutions providing programming under this chapter shall collect data and report to the department on the proportion of females and minorities enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-oriented educational opportunities…The department shall submit the programming data and the department’s findings and recommendations in a report to the general assembly annually by January 15. • Definitions of STEM not provided in the legislation. 5
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