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PISA Shows Some Strides in Equity

December 6, 2016

The 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results don’t likely include much you haven’t heard before regarding U.S. students. We are falling behind many developed nations in math—23 points lower than the average of all the nations—and just staying afloat with average scores in science and reading.

Tags: math, science, education

And the Winner Is...Tennessine

December 1, 2016

November 28th marked a historical occasion for four new elements of the periodic table. After five months of waiting, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) revealed the approved names of its newest chemical family members. Say hello to nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).

New data: Are Women Making Gains in Computing and Engineering?

November 22, 2016

In the past three weeks, we have been examining recent data on computing and engineering degrees.

Tags: women & girls, computer science, engineering

The Real Heroes of Modern Medicine

November 14, 2016

Google Doodle Covers Sir Frederick Grant BantingSay Happy Birthday to Sir Frederick Grant Banting, a Canadian scientist who became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine and the subject of today’s Google Doodle.

New Data: Minorities Gain Some Ground in Computer Science and Engineering Degrees

November 9, 2016

On October 26, we shared some good news about degrees in computer science and engineering: Since the recession, they grew much faster than degrees and certificates overall. Today, we take a closer look at students of color in those fields, and we have at least some good news to share--mixed with much that should concern us.

Tags: computer science, engineering, minorities

Quantitative Literacy for All

November 4, 2016

In 1816, Timothy Pitkin, U.S.

Superhero STEMspiration

November 2, 2016

This Marvel Variant cover represents ScienceSome of the best known (and coolest!) scientists, mathematicians, and engineers come from the big screen. And whether you realize it or not, these fictional characters shape ideas about who should pursue STEM and who shouldn't.

Tags: women & girls, minorities

New data: Inequities in K-12 science

October 27, 2016

This morning, The Nation's Report Card released good news. Since 2009, the nation's science scores rose in both fourth and eighth grades. Even more encouraging, black and Latino students gained on their peers, narrowing some of the gaps in student performance that have bedeviled education reformers for decades. Yet poor and minority students continue to lag far behind.

Tags: science, minorities

New Data: Good News for Computer Science and Engineering

October 25, 2016

The Great Recession put an exclamation point behind the message of STEM education advocates around the country. Amidst worsening unemployment and anxiety about an uncertain economic future, a credential in fields such as computer science and engineering promised stability and prosperity. CTEq’s new analysis of federal data on degrees and certificates awarded in the U.S. shows that Americans may have embraced this promise.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Is Any Good News about Girls and Computer Science Lurking Beneath All the Dismal Data?

October 24, 2016

There has been altogether too much bad news about girls and computer science in recent months. That said, there may be some good news hidden away from plain sight.

Tags: women & girls, computer science

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