Common Core Foes Should Be Careful What They Wish For

September 3, 2014

Regardless of where you stand on the Common Core State Standards, the antics of some state lawmakers who are trying to overturn them should scare you. Do you really want politicians dictating what gets taught in American classrooms?

Tags: Common Core, STEM & the states, standards

September STEMworks Spotlight: Back to School

September 2, 2014

As students head back to school and back to higher standards in math and science, we're highlighting outstanding STEMworks programs that help teachers prepare them for success.  From lesson plans to lab materials, these STEMworks programs equip teachers with tools and resources to bring math and science alive in their classrooms. 

Check out our September Spotlight programs:

Tags: STEMworks, K-12, math, science, standards

Guest Blog: I.B.M. and S.T.E.M.

August 21, 2014

Grace Suh is Manager, Education, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs with CTEq member company IBM (on Twitter, @gracesuh).

Tags: guest blog, technology, K-12

New Poll Reveals More Bad News for CCSS

August 20, 2014

Today's annoucement of results from the annual PDK/Gallup poll on public education reveals troubling news about Common Core.  The poll, conducted by Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), measures the attitudes of Americans toward public schools, both in their communities and nationally.  The results show that, overall, the public is satisfied with their neighborhood schools, but are less so nationally, with 51 percent giving schools a C.  

Tags: Common Core, standards, STEM & the states

STEM & Pop Culture

August 20, 2014

You can see STEM popping up in many popular places these days, and we hope it's a trend that continues because it seems to be causing a shift in the mindset that enjoying subjects like alegbra and physics makes you "uncool."

Tags: women & girls, science, math, video

CTEq's Staff Explores the BIG Maze

August 15, 2014

Recently, our staff took a summer outing to the National Building Museum and explored its exciting new exhibition, The BIG Maze.  Set inside the expanisve atrium of the museum, the 60 square-foot structure soars 18 feet into the air at the corners, but cascades down to just about waist-high as you move to the center.  

Tags: math

This Week in STEM: Shark Week, of course!

August 13, 2014

This week, all eyes are on the Discovery Channel for perennial favorite, Shark Week.  Naturally STEMbeats had to jump on the bandwagon and look at this fascinating species from a STEM perspective.  There's a lot  to learn about sharks -- and not just the stuff of movie legends.  Everybody knows the great white, but there are more than 400 species of sharks found in the world's waters.  The largest type of shark, the whale shar

Tags: This Day in STEM, video

New Vital Signs data: Advanced Placement results for your state

August 11, 2014

Check out CTEq’s Vital Signs new data on student success in Advanced Placement tests of math and science. We provide the only available analysis of how many students in each state took and succeeded in AP tests—broken down by race and gender. To see what’s happening in your state, visit Vital Signs, select your state from the map, choose “Challenging Content” from the sidebar, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Tags: Vital Signs, STEMworks

Recap: our summer of STEMtistics!

August 11, 2014

In case you spent the dog days of summer enjoying an internet-free vacation and missed our STEMtistics campaign from the last two weeks, here's a recap!

STEMtistics are beautifully designed, shareable facts on STEM education that are great in presentations, on social media, and even on your website to help make the case for STEM.

Tags: STEMtistics


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