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Iron Range Engineering PDF - The third in a series on rural education issues, this brief looks at engineering education in northeastern Minnesota. A program called Iron Range Engineering keeps youth closer to home and provides local industry with a steady stream on engineers. The National Academy of Engineering called for such a school in 2005, but few programs left lecture-hall learning for hands-on until Iron Range made the switch. Before then, engineering education hadn't change in 60 years. (Carol Kreck, ECS, November 2013)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: STEM - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

High-Quality Service-Learning Opens the Door for Students’ Entry into STEM Fields PDF - Based on a project that examined 19 schools, NCLC has gathered information on the relationship between STEM-focused service-learning and student interest and performance in STEM-related courses and careers. The findings of this evaluation suggest that STEM-related service-learning is a powerful tool for schools to use to drive student performance and interest in STEM fields. (Paul Baumann, ECS, May 2013)...

STEM Performance PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform identifies promising and research-based approaches for enhancing student interest and achievement in STEM disciplines, including approaches that come with a smaller state-budget price tag. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, February 2011)...

High School-Level STEM Initiatives - This database provides information on a variety of state efforts intended to increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in grades 9-12. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, June 2008)...

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) - This report presents the results of an experiment conducted in Alabama beginning in the 2006/07 school year, to determine the effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), which aims to improve mathematics and science achievement in the state’s K–12 schools. (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Feb 2012)...

Building a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Agenda: An Update of State Actions - This report examines the importance and goals of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) agenda, identifies weak links in the system, and presents suggestions for implementing a state STEM agenda. This report will be useful for governors and education policy leaders alike as they work to strengthen STEM education throughout the states. (National Governors Association, 2011)....

The All-Purpose Science Teacher: An Analysis of Loopholes in State Requirements for High School Science Teachers - NCTQ's analysis of science-teacher licensure policies in every state of the union reveals that most offer loopholes allowing high school teachers to teach specific subjects without adequate preparation. Eleven states get a green light for avoiding such loopholes, but 33 are given red. (National Council on Teacher Quality, September 2010)...

Benchmarking the Success of Latina and Latino Students in STEM to Achieve National Graduation Goals - This report identified 25 Hispanic serving institutions in five states as potential exemplars of effective practices for increasing the number of Latina and Latino bachelor's degree holders in the science, technical, engineering and mathematics. (Alicia Dowd, Lindsey Malcom and Estela Bensimon, Center for Urban Education, December 2009)...

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