STEM education: K-12

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released a draft version of the report accompanying the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the Department of Education and its STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) education programs.

The bill was approved by the subcommittee on June 10.  The appropriations process is stalled and it is unknown when the full committee will consider the bill.  House appropriators have not moved their version of the legislation. 

31 Jul 2014

The following FYI provides additional figures regarding the FY 2011 Administration budget requests for NASA and a Department of Education STEM education program.  Individual FYIs reviewing the below requests can be viewed at “Federal budget requests -- FY 2011.”This page will also contain FYIs relating to actions taken by congressional committees under the heading “Latest Congressional budget action - FY 2011" by department or agency.

23 Feb 2010

Correction: In FYI  #17, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Edward J.  Weiler’s name was misspelled.  FYI  regrets this error.

While there are over 100 separate science, technology, engineering, and  mathematics (STEM) education programs supported by the federal government, primary  support for STEM educators and students comes through the Department of  Education and the National Science Foundation.

Figures are rounded.

4 Feb 2010

On January 6 President Obama hosted recipients  of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching  and Mentoring in the White House East Room and used the occasion to boost the  “Educate to Innovate” initiative.

Speaking to about 100 educators, Obama acknowledged that, “All of us have a  role to play in building an education system that is worthy of our children and  ready to help us seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of the 21st  century.”

11 Jan 2010

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is  accompanied by House Report 112-331.  This 1,385 page report contains the bill  language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations. See page  1147 for the recommendations for the Department of Education.

22 Dec 2011

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

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There is widespread agreement  that American schools must improve K-12 instruction in science, mathematics,  engineering, and technology.  A new  National Research Council report highlights how little firm evidence exists  about how best to do so.

14 Oct 2011

The American Institute of Physics, along with four of its  Member Societies, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American  Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Astronomical  Society endorsed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Coalition  to Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Members Thad  Cochran (R-MS) and Norman Dicks (D-WA) of the

7 May 2012

There  are over 100 federal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)  education programs administered by a dozen different agencies. However, primary  support for STEM education comes through the Department of Education and  National Science Foundation (NSF).

18 Feb 2011

Casting doubts on  the United States’ ability to maintain its global edge in scientific  innovation, a new study from three prominent education researchers finds that  the U.S. lags far behind other nations in producing high school students who  are highly accomplished in math. Comparing the percentage of students who  achieve advanced scores on a standardized math test in 56 industrialized  nations, the study found that the U.S. was significantly outperformed by 30 of  the 56.

11 Feb 2011


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