STEM education: K-12

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.

6 Feb 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a full committee hearing on January 27 to examine teacher and principal evaluation, assessment and retention issues.  The committee is currently considering input for a draft bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently referred to as ‘No Child Left Behind” (NCLB)  This hearing follows more than 20 others over the last 5 years during which the Senate HELP Committee has analyzed various issues in K-12 education. 

30 Jan 2015

Yesterday Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government’s primary elementary and secondary education law.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.  It is now more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act, following the legislation’s last reauthorization in 2002 during the administration of President George W. Bush.

22 Jan 2015

Astronaut, revered senator, and American hero John Glenn was appointed chair of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, on no less auspicious a date than the 30th anniversary of the first Moon landing. (See FYI #120for details of the commission's report).

9 Oct 2000

The current system for preparation and on-going professional development of K-12 science and math teachers "needs rethinking and improvement, and not just on a small scale," warns a new report by a National Research Council committee. The committee offers recommendations for improvement that encourage partnerships between the K-12 and higher education communities in providing for teachers a seamless spectrum of continuous learning.

12 Sep 2000

Hardly a week has gone by this summer in which K-12 science and math education has not received attention on Capitol Hill. The American Chemical Society, through its "Science and the Congress" project, has played a role in keeping the K-12 education topic visible to Members of Congress through a series of briefings. A July 25 discussion, co-hosted by Reps.

31 Jul 2000

At an April 11 press conference, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) introduced three bills that address reform of science and math education in the nation (see FYI #39). "These bills represent the best achievable, practical solution to a very real problem," Ehlers stated in a press release. "They should be viewed as the first forward step in what will certainly be a long process to establish science, mathematics, engineering, and technology [SMET] education that is truly worthy of our country and our children." Below is a summary of the issues targeted in each bill:

17 Apr 2000

"Teachers provide the essential connection between students and the content they are learning. Thus, high quality teachers must be identified, recruited, and retained in every school district throughout the Nation." -- Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI)

12 Apr 2000

Already in this session of Congress, both the House and Senate have been active on K-12 education issues. Recent Senate action focused on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In the House, hearings are addressing the FY 2001 budget request for various education programs.

17 Mar 2000


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