National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

The original New York Times article can be found here. PITTSBURGH — Even before the first day of class in August, Maura Fritzley had second thoughts about taking Advanced Placement physics. Although she got good grades in a mainstream physics class, Ms. Fritzley, an 18-year-old senior at Brashear High School here, had no intention of becoming a physicist, and A.P. classes, after all, are hard. She decided she wanted to drop it, then changed her mind and stayed. And she struggled, a lot. A.P. physics proved far more difficult than the earlier class. ...

PISA Results Show U.S. Education Needs More Work

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported this week that American students continue to lag behind in international rankings based on performance on an international assessment. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an initiative driven by the OECD to measure 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving.  2009 was the last time this assessment was administered, and those hoping the U.S. would fare better were met with a grim picture. This year’s results ...

Technology in the Classroom: The Benefits of Blended Learning

As we advance further into the 21st century, technology is becoming more and more integrated into our society. Smart phones are now commonplace, tablets are replacing or substituting for computers and laptops, and social media has become second nature. The rapid and widespread adoption of these technological innovations has completely changed the way we conduct our daily lives, including how knowledge is digested and taught in our classrooms – but is it a positive change? Should we be worried about teachers and students using technology in the classroom? Our ...

NMSI CEO Encourages Parents to Demand a Better Education for their Children

The last few days, NBC News has been hosting their fourth annual Education Nation Summit. Hundreds of the nation’s thought leaders and innovators have joined together to ask a single question – what does it take to ensure that American students are college- and career-ready? Among these prestigious leaders is NMSI’s CEO, Sara Martinez Tucker, who was recently interviewed by NBC Latino on why she wants all Hispanic parents “to be angry enough to demand the best for their kids.” NMSI believes that all students in all schools should have ...

Brains and Brawn – Secrets to Student Success

Let's face it – math and science are hard. It takes the right combination of support and resources to succeed in challenging STEM courses. New research suggests that students not only need those two ingredients, but they also require the "grit" and intellectual brawn to obtain academic achievement. What does having "grit" mean for a student? According to the research, grit is comprised of: •  Goal-directedness – Knowing where to go and how to get there. •  Motivation – Having a strong will to achieve identified goals. •  Self-control – Avoiding distractions ...

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