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Evaluating Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? -- a new report from the National Research Council -- identifies a set of indicators that can be used by school districts, states, and federal agencies to monitor progress and improve K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  The report follows a 2011 Research Council study that laid out recommendations for reaching nationwide STEM education goals. 

The indicators -- each linked directly to a recommendation from the 2011 report -- are unique in their focus on key aspects of teaching and learning rather than on administrative or enrollment data.  Over time, these indicators would measure progress in students’ access to quality learning, educators’ capacity to teach STEM subjects, and policy and funding initiatives for STEM education. 

The report aims to serve as a framework for a national reporting and monitoring system that would measure student knowledge, interest, and participation in the STEM disciplines; track local, state, and federal investments in K-12 STEM education; provide information about the STEM education work force; and facilitate strategic planning for federal investments and work-force development. 

The report is available for immediate release at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13509.  The 2011 report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, can be found at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13158.  Media inquiries should be directed to the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.