STEM education: K-12

Astronaut, revered senator, and American hero John Glenn was appointed chair of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, on no less auspicious a date than the 30th anniversary of the first Moon landing. (See FYI #120for details of the commission's report).

9 Oct 2000

The current system for preparation and on-going professional development of K-12 science and math teachers "needs rethinking and improvement, and not just on a small scale," warns a new report by a National Research Council committee. The committee offers recommendations for improvement that encourage partnerships between the K-12 and higher education communities in providing for teachers a seamless spectrum of continuous learning.

12 Sep 2000

Hardly a week has gone by this summer in which K-12 science and math education has not received attention on Capitol Hill. The American Chemical Society, through its "Science and the Congress" project, has played a role in keeping the K-12 education topic visible to Members of Congress through a series of briefings. A July 25 discussion, co-hosted by Reps.

31 Jul 2000

At an April 11 press conference, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) introduced three bills that address reform of science and math education in the nation (see FYI #39). "These bills represent the best achievable, practical solution to a very real problem," Ehlers stated in a press release. "They should be viewed as the first forward step in what will certainly be a long process to establish science, mathematics, engineering, and technology [SMET] education that is truly worthy of our country and our children." Below is a summary of the issues targeted in each bill:

17 Apr 2000

"Teachers provide the essential connection between students and the content they are learning. Thus, high quality teachers must be identified, recruited, and retained in every school district throughout the Nation." -- Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI)

12 Apr 2000

Already in this session of Congress, both the House and Senate have been active on K-12 education issues. Recent Senate action focused on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In the House, hearings are addressing the FY 2001 budget request for various education programs.

17 Mar 2000

As Congress takes up one of the major pieces of federal legislation affecting K-12 education, AIP and four of its Member Societies joined 17 other professional organizations in signing a statement calling for maintaining the national priority on science and mathematics education. The statement, developed by the informal K-12 Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) Education Coalition, urges federal policymakers to support improved science, math and technology education at the elementary and secondary level.

6 Mar 2000

"Science education standards allow everyone to move in the same
direction, with the assurance that the risks they take in the name
of improving science education will be supported by policies and
practices throughout the system." 
      --Draft National Science Education Standards

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16 Dec 1994

As a number of FYIs over the past year have indicated, diverse reform efforts in K-12 science and math education are occurring on a number of fronts, both within and outside the federal government. An October 29 House Science Committee hearing reviewed the federal role in improving science education and asked the question: is the federal government coordinating its many programs for maximum effectiveness?

30 Oct 1997


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