Measuring STEM Success

Measuring the Monitoring Progress K – 12 STEM Education Indicators: A Road Map

Introduction

On behalf of the National Science Board (NSB), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF)
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) produces Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI), a biennial compendium of quantitative data on U.S. and international science and engineering education and productivity. Each SEI report is accompanied by companion pieces in which the NSB focuses on trends that raise important policy concerns.

In 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) released the report Successful K-12 STEM
Education, which made recommendations for improvement in the areas of students’ access to STEM learning, educators’ capacity, and funding and policy initiatives. In 2013, a second NRC committee released the report Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 Education: A Nation Advancing? calling for a national indicator system that could be used by both policymakers and practitioners to improve STEM education. The report lists 14 Indicators that, if measured regularly, could catalyze improvement.

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