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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2013. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13509.
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Monitoring Progress
Toward Successful
K-12 STEM Education

A NATION ADVANCING?

Committee on the Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education

Board on Science Education and Board on Testing and Assessment

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2013. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13509.
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

This study was supported by Grant Nos. DRL-1233221 and DRL-1247500 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2013). Monitoring progress toward successful K-12 STEM education: A nation advancing? Committee on the Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education. Board on Science Education and Board on Testing and Assessment, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2013. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13509.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2013. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13509.
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COMMITTEE ON THE EVALUATION FRAMEWORK FOR SUCCESSFUL K-12 STEM EDUCATION

ADAM GAMORAN (Chair), Department of Sociology and Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison

RENA DORPH, The Research Group, The Lawrence Hall of Science; University of California, Berkeley

MARK DYNARSKI, Pemberton Research, LLC, East Windsor, New Jersey

DAVID FRANCIS, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

SHARON LEWIS, Council of the Great City Schools, Detroit, Michigan

BARBARA MEANS, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International, Menlo Park, California

MEREDITH PHILLIPS, School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

WILLIAM SCHMIDT, Departments of Statistics and Education, and the Education Policy Center, Michigan State University

THOMAS SMITH, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

RUTH LÓPEZ TURLEY, Department of Sociology, Rice University

SUZANNE WILSON, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

NATALIE NIELSEN, Study Director

STUART W. ELLIOTT, Senior Staff Officer

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Senior Staff Officer

REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate

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Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation to identify methods for tracking progress toward the report's recommendations. In response, the NRC convened the Committee on an Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education to take on this assignment. The committee developed 14 indicators linked to the 2011 report's recommendations. By providing a focused set of key indicators related to students' access to quality learning, educator's capacity, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM, the committee addresses the need for research and data that can be used to monitor progress in K-12 STEM education and make informed decisions about improving it.

The recommended indicators provide a framework for Congress and relevant deferral agencies to create and implement a national-level monitoring and reporting system that: assesses progress toward key improvements recommended by a previous National Research Council (2011) committee; measures student knowledge, interest, and participation in the STEM disciplines and STEM-related activities; tracks financial, human capital, and material investments in K-12 STEM education at the federal, state, and local levels; provides information about the capabilities of the STEM education workforce, including teachers and principals; and facilitates strategic planning for federal investments in STEM education and workforce development when used with labor force projections. All 14 indicators explained in this report are intended to form the core of this system. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? summarizes the 14 indicators and tracks progress towards the initial report's recommendations.

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