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STEM Educational Reform

Over the last several decades, educational reform in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) has involved many people and organizations. The need for reform has been discussed at many levels and has produced a variety of publications (see below). To produce a STEM-literate society, many STEM organizations have produced a variety of publications (see links below) aimed at improving STEM education in our nation’s schools (see links below). Educators at all levels have used these publications to identify and teach the concepts and skills needed by PK-16 students to produce a STEM literate society.

SchoolNeed for STEM education reform & associated groups:

Achieve, Inc. and the National Governors Assoc.

AAAS Education

AAAS Project 2061. 1990. Science for All Americans

AAAS Project 2061. 1997. Resources for Science Literacy: Professional development.

AAAS Project 2061. 1998. Blueprints for Reform

AAAS’s Science & Technology Newsletter  

AAAS’s Science Careers            

Rising Above “The Gathering Storm”

Am. Assoc. of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)


Aspirnaunt Initiative  

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)  

Best in Class:  How Top Corporations Can Help Transform Public Education

Business-Higher Education Forum

Business Roundtable

Center on Education Policy

Coble, C. and M. Allen. 2005. Keeping America Competitive: Five strategies to improve mathematics and science education.

Committee for Economic Development

Common Ground Initiative (Math education)

Competitive Wisconsin

COSEPUP. 2006. Rising Above the Gathering Storm.

Educational Testing Service (ETS). 2006. Keeping Our Edge: Americans Speak on Education and Competitiveness

EPE Research Center, "Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career”

Glenn Commission. 2000. Before It’s Too Late: A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century.

Grunewald and Rolnick. 2006. A proposal for achieving high returns on early childhood development.

Mathematicians and Education Reform Forum (MER)

National Academies

National Alliance of State Science & Mathematics Coalitions

National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Technological Literacy website

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

National Digital Science Library’s Project TestDrive

National Institute for Early Education Research

National Mathematics Advisory Panel

National Academy of Sciences          

National Research Council

National Science Board (NSB)

NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy

New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce

NOYCE Foundation

National Science Foundation:

OECD Education at a Glance 2006

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Quality Counts 2007. From Cradle to Career: connecting American education from birth to adulthood.

Santiago Declaration

Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)

Sirica, C. Landmark AAAS/UNESCO Forum Explores Science Education

Science & Math Teacher Imperative

Mathematics & Science Teacher Imperative

STEM Ed Caucus Steering Committee (U.S. House of Representatives)

STEM Education Coalition

Task Force on the Future of American Innovation

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education  

U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Tapping America’s Potential.  2005.  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Issues in Schools   

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions  

Wisconsin Technology Council

Additional Reference Material

Darling-Hammond, L. & J. Bransford. 2005. Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What teachers should learn and be able to do. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco.

Douglas, R. et. al. 2006. Linking Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA.

Lambert, N. & B. McCombs (eds). 1998. How Students Learn: Reforming schools through learner-centered education. American Psychological Association. Washington DC.

National Research Council. 2005. How Students Learn: History, mathematics, and science in the classroom. National Academy Press, Washington DC.
----- 2002. Scientific Research in Education.
----- 2000. How People Learn. Expanded Edition.