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2015 National Survey on STEM Education: Key Findings

The 2015 Business Report: National Survey STEM Education from IESD surveyed over 5,000 STEM teachers and supervisors with a focus on implementation, standards, and digital tools.
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The 2015 Business Report: National Survey STEM Education from IESD surveyed over 5,000 STEM teachers and supervisors with a focus on implementation, standards, and digital tools. Some of their key findings include:

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* About 30% reported implementation of integrated STEM in the core curriculum at the middle/junior-high and high-school levels.

* About 80% were familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and a majority had a favorable overall, general impression.

* Overall there is broad interest in incorporating project-based learning (PBL) as part of science/STEM education.

* The most frequently identified challenge facing STEM education was insufficient available technology.

* Elementary teachers in grades 4 and above most typically lack access to digital tools, whereas middle/junior-high and high-school science/STEM teachers typically share digital tools.

* Teacher professional development (PD) was a funding priority for many STEM leaders and educators, and many perceived current PD for STEM teachers to be insufficient.

* About 50% of the supervisors reported that their districts offer PD in STEM/science for elementary-school teachers.

* The PD topics most commonly identified as critical for implementing NGSS or equivalent standards were how to incorporate PBL (53.6%) and how to incorporate engineering practices (40.3%).

* The most important challenges facing STEM education include insufficient technology (41.5%); class time (37.9%); funding (36.6%); and PD (33.2%).

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