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New Vital Signs data: Advanced Placement results for your state

August 11, 2014

Check out CTEq’s Vital Signs new data on student success in Advanced Placement tests of math and science. We provide the only available analysis of how many students in each state took and succeeded in AP tests—broken down by race and gender. To see what’s happening in your state, visit Vital Signs, select your state from the map, choose “Challenging Content” from the sidebar, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Tags: Vital Signs, STEMworks

In Memory of Donna Sterling

June 25, 2014

This week, the STEM education world lost a leading educator whose work is improving science education across the country.  Dr. Donna Sterling, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, passed away on Tuesday after a long illness.

Tags: STEMworks

Putting our Rhetoric to the Test

June 17, 2014

For decades, Americans have paid lip service to the need for schools to teach higher-order skills like problem solving and critical thinking. Common Core State Standards in math and English are the nation’s first major effort to turn that rhetoric into reality. We can’t afford to back pedal.

Common Core is bringing one critical fact into very high relief: students have to work much harder to learn higher-order skills than rote skills, and that requires a long-overdue cultural shift from schools, students and teachers alike.

Tags: Common Core

Code Red: Where Are the Women in Computing?

December 9, 2013

Here at CTEq, we're issuing a "code red."

As STEM educators, students, and enthusiasts across the country begin  celebrating Computer Science Education  Week, we've taken a step back to examine the big picture with our newest Vital Signs brief, Half Empty: As Men Surge Back Into Computing, Women are Left Behind, and the outlook is alarming:

Graph of degrees/certificates to women

Tags: Vital Signs, computer science, women & girls, infographic

New Math Scores: Are We Losing Steam?

November 7, 2013

Results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) came out today, and they tell a somewhat depressing story. The math scores of U.S. fourth and eighth graders rocketed upwards from at least 1990 until about 2005, when they began to level off. Why are our students losing steam? Perhaps the big reforms states launched more than 20 years ago have delivered all the results they can. The message here? It's time for another shock to the system.

Here's what the trend in 4th grade math scores looks like (and 8th grade is pretty similar):

Tags: math, standards, STEM & the states

Some states are riding high. Others? Not so much.

November 5, 2013

We often hear that the United States lags behind other nations in its students math performance. That's very true, but the picture gets a bit more complicated when you look at what's happening in different states. The map below, from the Huffington Post, drives home that important point.

On average, students in Massachusetts perform at the level of Japanese students. Not too shabby! Students in Alabama? They're on par with students in Armenia. 

Tags: math, STEM & the states

The STEM Shortage: Myth or Reality? Talent Recruiters Weigh In

October 23, 2013

Is the shortage of workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) a myth or a reality? There has been much sound and fury recently from people who say it’s a myth. We’ve long said that it’s a reality.  Now, a new and very credible voice has weighed in: talent recruiters at Fortune 1000 companies. Verdict? It’s all too real.

Tags: jobs & workforce

NY Times takes a deep dive into STEM learning

September 3, 2013

The New York Times had a fantastic and thorough special look at STEM education this week. All the articles are worth a read, though we recognize that's a tall order the day after Labor Day. A few key (and often familiar) takeaways are below: 


Tags: STEM & the states, Common Core, Next Generation Science

STEM in the News: August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013

D.C. in August moves a little slower than usual on the news front, but we've got your fast hits for the week. 

Calculator Use on Exams to Shift With Common Core, EdWeek, August 20

PDK/Gallup Poll Results Show Opportunity, Need for Common Core Education

August 26, 2013

Last week, Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, released the results of its annual PDK/Gallup survey, which tracks attitudes toward public schools. This year, topics ranged from school safety post-Newtown to homeschooling. For STEM education, though, the most interesting conclusions were in the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. 

Tags: Common Core, standards


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