Students’ science proficiency varies in reports from 37 states
- A series of reports from Change the Equation, a CEO-led STEM education improvement effort launched as part of the Obama administration's "Educate to Innovate" initiative, found that many states spend little time teaching K-12 students science, don't provide access to rigorous STEM courses, and have low benchmarks for eighth-grade science proficiency.
- The reports include profiles for each of the 37 states examined and how they can improve K-12 STEM education.
- Fifteen of the 37 states--only 37 had data available for comparison--set their proficiency levels below the National Assessment of Educational Progress' basic performance standards, and only four set theirs near or above the proficient performance cutoff.
From the article:
A series of reports found that K-12 students in many states spend less time learning science and don't have access to rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses-and that many states have low benchmarks for eighth-grade science proficiency. The reports come from Change the Equation (CTEq), a CEO-led effort to improve STEM education launched by the Obama administration as part of its "Educate to Innovate" initiative. ...
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