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Where are the Girls? STEM Career & Technical Education

January 12, 2017

Career and technical education is no longer the forgotten stepchild of education reform. The plight of jobless Americans took center stage in the turbulent Presidential election and raised the stakes for creating pathways to the middle class that don’t pass through the ivy-fringed gates of four-year colleges.

Tags: Career Technical Education, women & girls, computer science, engineering

New data: Computer science for fun and profit

December 8, 2016

As we observe Computer Science Education Week, it’s worth celebrating some of the important ways in which computer science can enrich people’s lives. At Change the Equation, we often point to high salaries and low unemployment. Important as those advantages are, we should not forget another: computer science work is fun and satisfying.

Tags: computer science

New data: Are Women Making Gains in Computing and Engineering?

November 22, 2016

In the past three weeks, we have been examining recent data on computing and engineering degrees.

Tags: women & girls, computer science, engineering

New Data: Minorities Gain Some Ground in Computer Science and Engineering Degrees

November 9, 2016

On October 26, we shared some good news about degrees in computer science and engineering: Since the recession, they grew much faster than degrees and certificates overall. Today, we take a closer look at students of color in those fields, and we have at least some good news to share--mixed with much that should concern us.

Tags: computer science, engineering, minorities

New data: Inequities in K-12 science

October 27, 2016

This morning, The Nation's Report Card released good news. Since 2009, the nation's science scores rose in both fourth and eighth grades. Even more encouraging, black and Latino students gained on their peers, narrowing some of the gaps in student performance that have bedeviled education reformers for decades. Yet poor and minority students continue to lag far behind.

Tags: science, minorities

New Data: Good News for Computer Science and Engineering

October 25, 2016

The Great Recession put an exclamation point behind the message of STEM education advocates around the country. Amidst worsening unemployment and anxiety about an uncertain economic future, a credential in fields such as computer science and engineering promised stability and prosperity. CTEq’s new analysis of federal data on degrees and certificates awarded in the U.S. shows that Americans may have embraced this promise.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Is Any Good News about Girls and Computer Science Lurking Beneath All the Dismal Data?

October 24, 2016

There has been altogether too much bad news about girls and computer science in recent months. That said, there may be some good news hidden away from plain sight.

Tags: women & girls, computer science

Six STEMworks Programs Receive a Major Endorsement in Indiana

October 13, 2016

Indiana’s I-STEM Resource Center is recommending six different science curricula in STEMworks as districts across the state gear up to adopt new curricular materials for science in 2017.

Tags: STEMworks

New hope for School and District Leaders in Search of Truly Effective Programs

September 27, 2016

School superintendents and principals get swamped by pitches from people selling curriculum, technology, professional development programs, and any number of other solutions to their schools’ challenges. Many don’t have the background to separate the wheat from the chaff. After all, they’re not education researchers. Often, educators have to go for the best-looking brochure, and so their students don’t really benefit from the growing body of research about what is mostly likely to work in schools.

Tags: STEMworks

Can virtual reality transform US high schools?

September 15, 2016

Ten high schools have just received $10 million each in an ambitious project to reinvent high school. One of those schools, a public charter school in Washington, DC, aims to create technologies that transform how students experience science. If this approach works, it will address a glaring need in US schools.

Tags: science, technology

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