Reports in STEM Education

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan2023NASEMLinkThis 5-year DEI Action Plan reflects the commitment to systemic change and accountability as we pursue DEI and anti-racism efforts in our programs, institutional policies and practices, and products.
State of STEM: Challenges and Opportunities2022STEMconnectorLink"A global pandemic. Unprecedented changes to the STEM workforce. War in the Ukraine. The STEM ecosystem has been challenged and altered in dramatic ways. To understand this changing landscape, STEMconnector is releasing an updated State of STEM 2022 report "State of STEM: Challenges and Opportunities". This report seeks to illustrate the forces that are at play in this complex system by examining the STEM talent gaps and the factors that impact the current STEM workforce."
Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Proceedings of a Virtual Symposium Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education2022NASEMLink"In November 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a multi-day virtual symposium on imaging the future of undergraduate STEM education. Speakers and participants pondered the future and the past and shared their goals, priorities, and dreams for improving undergraduate STEM education. Expert speakers presented information about today's students and approaches to undergraduate STEM education, as well as the history of transformation in higher education. Thoughtful discussions explored ideas for the future, how student-centered learning experiences could be created, and what issues to consider to facilitate a successful transformation. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the symposium."
Lessons Learned During COVID-19 Report: Strategies Transforming the Future of STEM Education2021NSFLink"In the beginning of 2021, the AAAS-IUSE Initiative asked the community of undergraduate STEM faculty, researchers, and professionals working in higher education, how they were adapting to the challenges of teaching and learning during COVID-19. After reviewing over 100 submissions, we found that the IUSE community had gone beyond creating best practices for teaching in a pandemic and instead developed strategies with implications after the pandemic for broadening participation, increasing accessibility, and transforming the way we teach STEM."
K–8 STEM Career Competencies: Developing Foundational Skills for the Future of Work2021EDCLinkThis resource is designed to help K–8 teachers prepare their students to succeed in STEM learning in high school and thrive in STEM careers. The authors describe 10 foundational STEM career competencies and provide related classroom activities, curriculum resources, and background reading suggestions.
Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future2021NASEMLink"Scientific thinking and understanding are essential for all people navigating the world, not just for scientists and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals. Knowledge of science and the practice of scientific thinking are essential components of a fully functioning democracy. Science is also crucial for the future STEM workforce and the pursuit of living wage jobs. Yet, science education is not the national priority it needs to be, and states and local communities are not yet delivering high quality, rigorous learning experiences in equal measure to all students from elementary school through higher education."...
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering2021NSF/NCSESLink"Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. Its primary purpose is to serve as a statistical abstract with no endorsement of or recommendations about policies or programs. National Science Foundation reporting on this topic is mandated by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (Public Law 96-516).

This report highlights key statistics drawn from a variety of data sources. Data and figures in this report are organized into the following topical areas: enrollment, field of degree, employment status, occupation, including academic careers, and disability status. Online, the reader is invited to explore trends in greater depth through detailed data tables and interactive graphics ( Technical notes and related resources are provided to aid in interpreting the data, and report content is available for downloading.... (See Note about COVID-19.)"
Cultivating Interest and Competencies in Computing: Authentic Experiences and Design Factors2021NASEMLink"Computing in some form touches nearly every aspect of day to day life and is reflected in the ubiquitous use of cell phones, the expansion of automation into many industries, and the vast amounts of data that are routinely gathered about people's health, education, and buying habits. Computing is now a part of nearly every occupation, not only those in the technology industry. Given the ubiquity of computing in both personal and professional life, there are increasing calls for all learners to participate in learning experiences related to computing including more formal experiences offered in schools, opportunities in youth development programs and after-school clubs, or self-initiated hands-on experiences at home. At the same time, the lack of diversity in the computing workforce and in programs that engage learners in computing is well-documented."
Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System2021NASEMLink"The world is transforming its energy system from one dominated by fossil fuel combustion to one with net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary anthropogenic greenhouse gas. This energy transition is critical to mitigating climate change, protecting human health, and revitalizing the U.S. economy. To help policymakers, businesses, communities, and the public better understand what a net-zero transition would mean for the United States, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened a committee of experts to investigate how the U.S. could best decarbonize its transportation, electricity, buildings, and industrial sectors."
The Future of Electric Power in the United States2021NASEMLink"Electric power is essential for the lives and livelihoods of all Americans, and the need for electricity that is safe, clean, affordable, and reliable will only grow in the decades to come. At the request of Congress and the Department of Energy, the National Academies convened a committee of experts to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the U.S. grid and how it might evolve in response to advances in new energy technologies, changes in demand, and future innovation."
Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine2020NASEMLink"Careers in science, engineering, and medicine offer opportunities to advance knowledge, contribute to the well-being of communities, and support the security, prosperity, and health of the United States. But many women do not pursue or persist in these careers, or advance to leadership positions - not because they lack the talent or aspirations, but because they face barriers, including: implicit and explicit bias; sexual harassment; unequal access to funding and resources; pay inequity; higher teaching and advising loads; and fewer speaking invitations, among others."
Making Visible the Invisible: Bold Leadership Actions2020NSFLinkDeveloping innovative approaches for broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to be an urgent matter for the Nation.
Data continue to show that although gains have been made by most demographic groups in most S&E disciplines, overall participation of women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities within STEM fields is still disproportionately low. The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) is calling attention to broadening participation efforts through the action-focused theme Making Visible the Invisible. This broad theme serves to recognize that much of the work and understanding related to broadening participation and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging remains unacknowledged, misunderstood, undervalued, and understudied. Through the 2019-2020 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress: Making Visible the Invisible — Bold Leadership Actions, and future reports, CEOSE will make recommendations to bring to the forefront the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives so critical to realizing measurable systemic change to broadening participation.
Vision 20302020National Science BoardLinkNational Science Board (NSB) released a new report that identifies threats to the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) enterprise on which the health, security, and economic prosperity of Americans depend. In Vision 2030, NSB, the policymaking board of the National Science Foundation (NSF), urges action to retain America’s lead in fundamental research and to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and opportunities for all Americans, all of which are necessary to empower U.S. businesses to succeed globally.

“This report provides a vision of where the U.S. S&E enterprise must be in 2030 and lays out the actions that the Board, NSF, and others can take to achieve that vision so that America remains a global leader,” said Roger Beachy, NSB Vision 2030 Task Force Chair. “We hope Vision 2030 inspires others to join with NSF to take the actions our country needs.”
Teaching K–12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis2020NASEMLinkThe COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in widespread and ongoing changes to how the K-12 education system functions, including disruptions to science teaching and learning environments. Students and teachers are all figuring out how to do schooling differently, and districts and states are working overtime to reimagine systems and processes. This is difficult and stressful work in the middle of the already stressful and sometimes traumatic backdrop of the global pandemic. In addition, students with disabilities, students of color, immigrants, English learners, and students from under-resourced communities have been disproportionately affected, both by the pandemic itself and by the resulting instructional shifts.
Building Capacity for Teaching Engineering
in K-12 Education
2020NASEMLink"Engineering education is emerging as an important component of US K-12 education. Across the country, students in classrooms and after- and out-of-school programs are participating in hands-on, problem-focused learning activities using the engineering design process. These experiences can be engaging; support learning in other areas, such as science and mathematics; and provide a window into the important role of engineering in society. As the landscape of K-12 engineering education continues to grow and evolve, educators, administrators, and policy makers should consider the capacity of the US education system to meet current and anticipated needs for K-12 teachers of engineering."
America After 3PM:
2020 Report
2020Afterschool AllianceLink For years, afterschool programs have kept kids safe, inspired them to learn, and helped working families. America After 3PM—the largest survey on afterschool, spanning 16 years—found that unmet demand has skyrocketed. For every child in an afterschool program, 3 are waiting to get in.

Demand remains strong during the pandemic, as parents see programs providing critical supports.
Higher Education in Science and Engineering2019NCSESLink"This report examines trends in U.S. S&E higher education within a global context. It contains information on U.S. higher education institutions, including S&E degree awards, student demographics, cost, and debt. S&E fields have grown at all degree levels. Yet many groups of Americans remain underrepresented among degree recipients. The United States continues to attract the most international students worldwide, but the number enrolled in U.S. institutions has declined over the past 2 years. China has rapidly increased the number of S&E degrees awarded, compared with more moderate rises in the United States and the European Union."
Minority-Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce2019NASEMLink“There are over 20 million young people of color in the United States whose representation in STEM education pathways and in the STEM workforce is still far below their numbers in the general population. Their participation could help re-establish the United States’ preeminence in STEM innovation and productivity, while also increasing the number of well-educated STEM workers.

There are nearly 700 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that provide pathways to STEM educational success and workforce readiness for millions of students of color—and do so in a mission-driven and intentional manner. They vary substantially in their origins, missions, student demographics, and levels of institutional selectivity. But in general, their service to the nation provides a gateway to higher education and the workforce, particularly for underrepresented students of color and those from low-income and first-generation to college backgrounds. The challenge for the nation is how to capitalize on the unique strengths and attributes of these institutions and to equip them with the resources, exceptional faculty talent, and vital infrastructure needed to educate and train an increasingly critical portion of current and future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals.

Minority Serving Institutions examines the nation’s MSIs and identifies promising programs and effective strategies that have the highest potential return on investment for the nation by increasing the quantity and quality MSI STEM graduates. This study also provides critical information and perspective about the importance of MSIs to other stakeholders in the nation’s system of higher education and the organizations that support them.”
Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center2019NASEMLinkThis report released in November 2018 from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering Education, shows that one effective way to help students learn is to engage them in science investigation and engineering design by asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world. Science investigation and engineering design are heavily emphasized in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, which are now guiding the science education of many U.S. students. But this entails a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom dynamic, and teachers will need support and guidance as they implement this approach. The report describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize this new vision in the classroom. The report provides guidance for teachers, administrators, providers of professional development, and creators of instructional materials on how to support students and teachers as they learn and instruct in this way.
The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM2019NASEMLink“Mentorship is a catalyst capable of unleashing one’s potential for discovery, curiosity, and participation in STEMM and subsequently improving the training environment in which that STEMM potential is fostered. Mentoring relationships provide developmental spaces in which students’ STEMM skills are honed and pathways into STEMM fields can be discovered. Because mentorship can be so influential in shaping the future STEMM workforce, its occurrence should not be left to chance or idiosyncratic implementation. There is a gap between what we know about effective mentoring and how it is practiced in higher education.

The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM studies mentoring programs and practices at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It explores the importance of mentorship, the science of mentoring relationships, mentorship of underrepresented students in STEMM, mentorship structures and behaviors, and institutional cultures that support mentorship. This report and its complementary interactive guide present insights on effective programs and practices that can be adopted and adapted by institutions, departments, and individual faculty members.”
Building the Future: Investing in Discovery and Innovation – NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 – 20222018NSFLink
Design, Selection, and Implementation of Instructional Materials for the Next Generation Science Standards2018NASEMLinkThis report examines how evidence based on research relevant to the development of DLLs/ELs from birth to age 21 can inform education and health policies and related practices that can result in better educational outcomes. This report makes recommendations for policy, practice, and research and data collection focused on addressing the challenges in caring for and educating DLLs/ELs from birth to grade 12.
English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives2018NASEMLinkReleased in October 2018, this publication from the Board on Science Education and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families calls for a shift in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades preK-12 who are learning English. The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE): Accountability for Broadening Participation in STEM2018CEOSELinkThe Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering is pleased to share its 2017-2018 Biennial Report to Congress. In her letter transmitting the report to Congress, NSF’s Director, France A. Córdova wrote: “By encouraging research projects in their local environments, NSF can strengthen the diversity of the Nation’s STEM workforce and promote the full inclusion of excellence across the country."
Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education2018NASEMLink"Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals generate a stream of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that fuel job creation and national economic growth. Ensuring a robust supply of these professionals is critical for sustaining growth and creating jobs growth at a time of intense global competition. Undergraduate STEM education prepares the STEM professionals of today and those of tomorrow, while also helping all students develop knowledge and skills they can draw on in a variety of occupations and as individual citizens. However, many capable students intending to major in STEM later switch to another field or drop out of higher education altogether, partly because of documented weaknesses in STEM teaching, learning and student supports. Improving undergraduate STEM education to address these weaknesses is a national imperative."
Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century2018NASEMLink"The U.S. system of graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has served the nation and its science and engineering enterprise extremely well. Over the course of their education, graduate students become involved in advancing the frontiers of discovery, as well as in making significant contributions to the growth of the U.S. economy, its national security, and the health and well-being of its people. However, continuous, dramatic innovations in research methods and technologies, changes in the nature and availability of work, shifts in demographics, and expansions in the scope of occupations needing STEM expertise raise questions about how well the current STEM graduate education system is meeting the full array of 21st century needs. Indeed, recent surveys of employers and graduates and studies of graduate education suggest that many graduate programs do not adequately prepare students to translate their knowledge into impact in multiple careers."
TUEE ASEE2018ASEELinkWith support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Society for Engineering Ed­ucation (ASEE) has launched a multi-phase, multi-year sequence of meetings with different stakeholders to transform the undergraduate engineering experience. Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (TUEE) is designed to develop a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities next generation engineering graduates should possess and the changes in curricula, pedagogy, and academic culture that will be needed to instill those qualities. The project intends to catalyze change by building broad and thorough consensus within the engineering community on a shared vision of the future of engineering education. The aim of the project is to enumerate critical steps for the vision to be achieved and coordinate the pursuit of each critical step throughout the engineering education community.
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2017NSFLinkFrom the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
Here are some of the key findings about women in STEM from the NSF’s annual Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report updated for 2017:

• Women’s participation remains well below that of men at all degree levels and in all fields of engineering.
• Women earn more degrees in chemical, materials, industrial and civil engineering than in aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
• The number and percentage of computer sciences bachelor’s degrees earned by women has declined in the last 10 years.
• Women earn only 20% of physics degrees (at all degree levels) — the lowest of all the physical sciences.”
Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities2017NASEMLinkUndergraduate research has a rich history, and many practicing researchers point to undergraduate research experiences (UREs) as crucial to their own career success. There are many ongoing efforts to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that focus on increasing the active engagement of students and decreasing traditional lecture-based teaching, and UREs have been proposed as a solution to these efforts and may be a key strategy for broadening participation in STEM. In light of the proposals questions have been asked about what is known about student participation in UREs, best practices in UREs design, and evidence of beneficial outcomes from UREs.
Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region2016MEIDCLinkThis report is the result of an NSF-funded landscape analysis of K-12 engineering education in the Greater Boston region conducted by Tufts University and Education Development Center (EDC).
Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 2016National Science BoardLinkSocial development and different regional growth trends have produced dramatic shifts in the global landscape of science and engineering (S&E) research, education, and business activities. The international and domestic S&E trends that Science and Engineering Indicators describes can be understood in light of the worldwide trend toward more knowledge-intensive economies and increasing global collaboration and competition in S&E. In the increasingly interconnected world of the 21st century, workers with S&E skills are integral to a nation’s innovative capacity and economic competitiveness.
The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education2016STEM Education CoalitionLinkThis 10-page paper written for policymakers and education leaders makes a strong case for why informal and afterschool learning must be an integral part of policies to improve STEM education across the board. Exposure to formal and informal learning in STEM subjects, beginning at an early age and continuing through high school, prepares our nation’s students for the future ahead. Supporting quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for all children and youth is therefore vital to our country’s social and economic prosperity.
Quality in the Undergraduate Experience: What Is It? How Is It Measured? Who Decides? Summary of a Workshop2016NASLink"Students, parents, and government agencies need as much information as possible about the outcomes of the higher education experience and the extent to which they can expect a fair return on their investment in higher education.In order to better understand the concept of quality - enabling students to acquire knowledge in a variety of disciplines and deep knowledge in at least one discipline, as well as to develop a range of skills and habits of mind that prepare them for career success, engaged citizenship, intercultural competence, social responsibility, and continued intellectual growth - an ad hoc planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Higher Education and Workforce, with funding from the Lumina Foundation, organized a workshop in Washington, D.C., on December 14-15, 2015.This report summarizes the presentations and discussion of that event."
The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges2016CCRCLinkNational surveys reveal that 80 percent of students who begin in a community college aim to earn a bachelor’s degree, but only 14 percent achieve that goal within six years. It doesn’t have to be that way. Based on original research into the practices of six highly effective community college-university partnerships, this joint report from the Aspen Institute and Columbia University’s Community College Research Center (CCRC) provides a roadmap for how institutions can improve transfer student outcomes by prioritizing transfer, creating clear transfer program maps, and establishing dedicated transfer advising. The report provides concrete examples of essential strategies as well as a checklist of “How to Get Started.”
Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Students' Diverse Pathways2016NASEMLink"Nearly 40 percent of the students entering 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions indicated their intention to major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in 2012. But the barriers to students realizing their ambitions are reflected in the fact that about half of those with the intention to earn a STEM bachelor’s degree and more than two-thirds intending to earn a STEM associate’s degree fail to earn these degrees 4 to 6 years after their initial enrollment. Many of those who do obtain a degree take longer than the advertised length of the programs, thus raising the cost of their education. Are the STEM educational pathways any less efficient than for other fields of study? How might the losses be “stemmed” and greater efficiencies realized? These questions and others are at the heart of this study."
Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students2015BookLink“Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students illustrates and elucidates Packard’s considerable expertise and scholarship on an enduring and, for some disciplines and education settings, a seemingly intractable set of issues. Rather than ‘tinkering around the edges’ by addressing only several variables, Packard tackles underrepresentation from the perspectives of both students and of the education system they will encounter. This comprehensive systems approach is refreshing and, in many ways, unique. It offers evidence-based advice to those in higher education who are undertaking the critically important work of increasing representation of historically underserved and unserved students and helps readers understand where and how their roles and actions must be based on efforts that have preceded their own and how their own work will influence others in the system as students pass through it on their ways to STEM careers. It is a refreshing and much-needed approach.” – Jay B. Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication , National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards2015National Research CouncilLinkGuide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards provides guidance to district and school leaders and teachers charged with developing a plan and implementing the NGSS as they change their curriculum, instruction, professional learning, policies, and assessment to align with the new standards. For each of these elements, this report lays out recommendations for action around key issues and cautions about potential pitfalls. As a foundation for that process, Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards identifies some overarching principles that should guide the planning and implementation process.
Science Teacher’s Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Context2015NASEMLinkThis report reviews research on science investigations and engineering design problems for middle and high school students and explores promising models of innovative investigations and experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Through published research, this report provides ideas for teaching and learning, and incorporates the new vision for science education embodied in the Framework and the NGSS. The resulting report will provide guidance for designing science investigations and engineering design problems for middle and high school students that align with this vision.
Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings2015National Research CouncilLinkMore and more young people are learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a wide variety of afterschool, summer, and informal programs. At the same time, there has been increasing awareness of the value of such programs in sparking, sustaining, and extending interest in and understanding of STEM. To help policymakers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources in their community, this report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings. Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings draws from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM learning develop across time and settings. The report provides guidance on how to evaluate and sustain programs. This report is a resource for local, state, and federal policy makers seeking to broaden access to multiple, high-quality STEM learning opportunities in their community.
Achieving Systemic Change: A Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education2014CRUSELinkBroad changes to undergraduate teaching practices of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education “can no longer wait,” said The Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education (CRUSE). To start the path toward these changes the CRUSE organization released, Achieving Systemic Change: A Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education.

There is not enough emphasis put on STEM education in the United States, and because of this many people do not end up going into STEM related jobs. This lack of talent in the STEM fields negatively impacts the workforce, and is only getting worse due to changing demographics in the nation. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to “establish an institutional culture that is committed to excellence and inclusion in STEM education”.
Revisiting the STEM Workforce: A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators2014National Science BoardLink“This policy companion to Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators) 2014 does not attempt to resolve long-standing debates about the workforce. Rather, the report provides a more nuanced, data-driven portrait of the workforce and offers key insights about its character. It is our hope that these insights will help government, education, and business leaders make better and more informed decisions and foster a more productive dialogue about how to maintain a strong, STEM-capable U.S. workforce for the long term.”
Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards2014National Research CouncilLinkDeveloping Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards develops an approach to science assessment to meet the vision of science education for the future as it has been elaborated in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (Framework) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This report recommends strategies for developing assessments that yield valid measures of student proficiency in science as described in the new Framework. The report offers a systems approach to science assessment, in which a range of assessment strategies are designed to answer different kinds of questions with appropriate degrees of specificity and provide results that complement one another. The recommendations of this report will be key to making sure that the dramatic changes in curriculum and instruction signaled by Framework and the NGSS reduce inequities in science education and raise the level of science education for all students.
STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research2014NAELinkSTEM Integration in K-12 Education examines current efforts to connect the STEM disciplines in K-12 education. This report identifies and characterizes existing approaches to integrated STEM education, both in formal and after- and out-of-school settings. The report reviews the evidence for the impact of integrated approaches on various student outcomes, and it proposes a set of priority research questions to advance the understanding of integrated STEM education. STEM Integration in K-12 Education proposes a framework to provide a common perspective and vocabulary for researchers, practitioners, and others to identify, discuss, and investigate specific integrated STEM initiatives within the K-12 education system of the United States. STEM Integration in K-12 Education makes recommendations for designers of integrated STEM experiences, assessment developers, and researchers to design and document effective integrated STEM education. This report will help to further their work and improve the chances that some forms of integrated STEM education will make a positive difference in student learning and interest and other valued outcomes.
Surmounting the Barriers2014NASEMLinkSurmounting the Barriers: Ethnic Diversity in Engineering Education is the summary of a workshop held in September 2013 to take a fresh look at the impediments to greater diversification in engineering education. The workshop brought together educators in engineering from two- and four-year colleges and staff members from the three sponsoring organizations: the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education
Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering2012National Research CouncilLink“Preparing a diverse technical workforce and science-literate citizenry will require significant changes to undergraduate science and engineering education. These changes include supporting an emerging, interdisciplinary research enterprise that combines the expertise of scientists and engineers with methods and theories that explain learning. This enterprise, discipline-based education research (DBER), investigates learning and teaching in a discipline from a perspective that reflects the discipline’s priorities, worldview, knowledge, and practices.”
Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics2012President's Council of Advisors on Science and technologyLink“Currently the United States graduates about 300,000 bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields annually. Fewer than 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Better teaching methods are needed by university faculty to make courses more inspiring, provide more help to students facing mathematical challenges, and to create an atmosphere of a community of STEM learners.”
After School: A Vital Partner in STEM Education Afterschool Alliance2011S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Fnd.
Afterschool Alliance,
Time Warner Cable
LinkThis report makes the case for building after-school partnerships around STEM and expanding the capacity to deliver high-quality informal STEM education.

"Data from several evaluation studies indicate that well-designed, science-rich afterschool programs can be successful in exciting and engaging children and youth about STEM fields and careers. Combined with research studies indicating that early engagement and interest in STEM careers is related to pursuit of such careers, these results support our claim that afterschool programs can contribute meaningfully to the strength and diversity of the nation’s STEM workforce and must therefore be a key component of our Nation’s STEM learning system.”
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads2011NASEMLink“Although minorities are the fastest growing segment of the population, they are underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. Historically, there has been a strong connection between increasing educational attainment in the United States and the growth in and global leadership of the economy. Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation suggests that the federal government, industry, and post-secondary institutions work collaboratively with K-12 schools and school systems to increase minority access to and demand for post-secondary STEM education and technical training.”
Standards for K-12 Engineering Education2010National Research CouncilLink“The goal of this study was to assess the value and feasibility of developing and implementing content standards for engineering education at the K-12 level. Content standards have been developed for three disciplines in STEM education–science, technology, and mathematic–but not for engineering. To date, a small but growing number of K-12 students are being exposed to engineering-related materials, and limited but intriguing evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science as well as improve understanding of engineering and technology.”
Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 52010NASEMLink“Where does America stand relative to its position of five years ago when the Gathering Storm book was prepared? Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited provides a snapshot of the work of the government and the private sector in the past five years, analyzing how the original recommendations have or have not been acted upon, what consequences this may have on future competitiveness, and priorities going forward. In addition, readers will find a series of thought- and discussion-provoking factoids–many of them alarming–about the state of science and innovation in America.”
Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects2009National Research CouncilLink“Engineering education in K-12 classrooms is a small but growing phenomenon that may have implications for engineering and also for the other STEM subjects–science, technology, and mathematics. Specifically, engineering education may improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, boost youth interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and increase the technological literacy of all students. The teaching of STEM subjects in U.S. schools must be improved in order to retain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and to develop a workforce with the knowledge and skills to address technical and technological issues.”
Rising Above the Gathering Storm Two Years Later: Accelerating Progress Toward a Brighter Economic Future2009NASEMLinkA year after the original Congressional Committee discussed the changes required in science, engineering, and technology fields in America, a convocation was held to commemorate the original report. Two years later, this report reviews the progress made thus far in implementing Gathering Storm recommendations to strengthen K-12 education in math and science, research, higher education, and the environment for innovation. Much work still needs to be done if America is to be a leader in STEM fields in the future.
Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future2007NASEMLinkThis congressionally requested report by a pre-eminent committee makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology efforts on meeting the nation’s needs, especially in the area of clean, affordable energy. Some of the recommendations include: increasing America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics and science education, and sustaining and strengthening the nation’s commitment to long-term basic research. Some actions will involve changing existing laws, while others will require financial support that would come from reallocating existing budgets or increasing them.
Last Updated: March 14, 2023