National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Competency in Computer Science: A Crucial Element of STEM Education

As the global economy grows ever more dependent on digital technologies, our nation’s competitiveness will depend on our ability to educate our students and our workforce in the fundamentals of science and technology. By 2018, STEM jobs are expected to increase 17% and more than 70% of these jobs will be in computer science (CS). Despite the increasing need for competency in STEM, 50% of U.S. schools still don’t have focused STEM programs and schools in 36 states do not grant graduation credit forcourses in CS. Many teachers have limited ...

Formative Assessment and Self-Directed Learning: Creating a Classroom for Success

With the rise of the Common Core, we are living in an age where rigorous math and science coursework are becoming the standard. However, it is important that we not overlook the importance of teaching strong writing skills. Handwriting plays a large part in helping students retain information, but the skill of writing itself plays a critical role in the learning process. With the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments, students aren’t just being tested with multiple choice problems anymore; they are required to write essays and short answers. Recognizing ...

Insight on STEM education

Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI, provides great insight on STEM education in the most recent edition of Education Week.  It’s evident that our “country is in trouble” – here are some key points included in the article: Growth in STEM jobs is growing at an incredible rate – our country is having a hard time finding workers skilled in math and science to take on these jobs Our country needs to graduate 1 million more professionals in STEM over the next decade ...

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