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Excellence in STEM Education: A Three-Step Model PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 08:00
1. Devise a STEM education improvement strategy based on data

STEM teachers should make sure that all school administrators, parents, and public officials know that U.S. students compete on standardized tests like the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) examination not just as a school, but with students around the world. PISA scores compare students regionally and globally. The PISA test was given to 15-year-olds in 30 industrialized countries last year. It focused on science and also included a math portion.  Analyses of the 2006 PISA test shows that U.S. students were out performed by 16 other countries, each of whom have made significant improvements in their STEM education practices in the last few years.from eSchool News...Something Needs to be Done Now

Improvements in math and science instruction are important to keep our nation and communities competitive in the new global economy.  Statistics on job growth, employment trends, and student achievement can all be used to illustrate why K-12 STEM education is important.

2. Learn by example: Review student success in Finland

Recent analyses of 2006 PISA scores show that Finland students outperformed all other countries in science and math areas.   Investigators who tried to explain why Finland was so much more success in its STEM education program propose five reasons for Finish student high scores: 1) National standards; 2) a high regard for teachers and the teaching profession; 3) equitable distribution of resources; 4) autonomy at the school level to implement reforms; and 5) opportunities to personalize instruction.

3. Add NASA inspiration to STEM teacher education through ePDN

If you are a K-12 teacher of STEM disciplines looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments… then NASA Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) is for you!