March 27, 2008
Vol. 27, Issue 30
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Table of Contents
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Push to Improve STEM Education
Business leaders, governors, and others are urging a redoubled commitment to strengthening U.S. students’ preparation to succeed in the subjects known by the increasingly familiar shorthand of STEM.
A special state-focused online supplement to Technology Counts 2008. This new State Technology Report assembles key findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators.
|Download a State's Detail Report:|
These interactive maps offer a quick way to examine state-by-state grades by categories. The grades break down into three categories: access, capacity, and use.
The interactive resource provides comprehensive data for individual states in the following categories: access to technology, use of technology, capacity of use, state data system, and data access. Also provides ways to compare multiple states' data in all categories, as well as states' overall grades.
FEATURE STORIESStates Heeding Calls to Strengthen STEM
Unnerved by job losses, weak test scores, and competition from an increasingly skilled foreign workforce, state officials have launched a variety of efforts to improve STEM education.
Table Math Achievement on NAEP PDF
Table Science Achievement on NAEP PDF
- • Federal Projects’ Impact on STEM Remains Unclear
- Observers are calling for a more effective way of judging the effectiveness of the federal role in STEM and for more coordination among those programs.
- • Where’s the 'T' in STEM?
- Experts debate whether the practical applications of math and science are getting all the attention they deserve.
A selective, specialized high school in Baltimore uses an interdisciplinary approach that enables students to experience the subjects as a way of life.
More teacher colleges are incorporating technology education directly into math and science courses, rather than offering such training separately.
Programs aim for growth in STEM achievement—and interest—among underrepresented groups.
- • ‘Kinetic City’ Web Site Finds Fun in Science
- One online education program seeks to spark an interest in science among minority and female students through interactive games, experiments, and other activities.
- • Finding Kernels of Scientific Sense
- The Cheche Konnen Center does research on improving science learning in urban communities, particularly among ethnically and linguistically diverse students.
- • Preschool Play Imparts Math’s ‘Building Blocks’
- A pair of New York scholars have a mission: to “mathematize” preschool.
Educators use student contests in the STEM fields to build knowledge and skills that complement the curriculum.
State Data AnalysisTracking U.S. Trends
States vary in classroom access to computers and in policies concerning school technology.
Table Technology Leaders: Grading the States PDF
For the Technology Leaders section of Technology Counts 2008, the EPE Research Center collected data on 14 indicators covering three major areas of state technology policy and practice: access, use, and capacity.
To assess state policy and practice in education technology, the EPE Research Center surveyed the chief state technology officials in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
- Superintendent of Schools
- South Butler County School District, Saxonburg, PA
- High School Principal (18-19 SY)
- Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis, IN
- Chief Turnaround Officer (Georgia State Board of Education)
- National Association of State Boards of Education, Atlanta, GA
- Elementary Science Teacher
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, Boston, MA
- Director, Instructional Resource Development, Advanced Placement (AP®) with WE Service Program
- WE Charity, New York, NY