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Recent Presentations

CO Council on High School/College Relations 2012
(PDF, 1.41MB, 12/12)

PA Commission for Community Colleges 2012 Student Success Forum
(PDF, 537K, 10/12)

2012 NACAC National Conference
( PDF, 10/12)

2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
(PDF, 1.5MB, 7/12)

P-16/P-20 Councils A National Landscape
(PDF, 419K, 4/12)

2011 NACEP National Conference
(PDF, 741K, 10/11)

Oklahoma Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence
(PowerPoint, 205K, 10/09)

Joint Meeting of Utah Board of Regents/State Board
(PowerPoint, 209K, 7/09)

State-Level Concurrent Enrollment Policies
(PowerPoint, 491K, 3/09)

New England Board of Higher Education Conference
(PowerPoint, 870K, 1/09)

ECS/Kauffman Regional Meeting for Heartland/ Midwest
(PowerPoint, 355K, 12/08)

Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 300K, 11/08)

MIND Research Institute Forum
(PowerPoint, 3MB, 10/08)

Alaska Legislators and Educators: Dropout Prevention
(PowerPoint, 792K, 10/08)

Alaska Legislators and Educators: P-16
(PowerPoint, 432K, 10/08)

Kauffman Math and Science Seminar
(PowerPoint, 5.5MB, 5/08)

New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend
(PowerPoint, 108K, 2/08)

Colorado P-20 Council
(PowerPoint 92K, 2/08)

Nevada P-16 Advisory Council
(PowerPoint, 217K, 12/07)

Colorado Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 540K, 12/07)

ECS 2007 Fall Steering Committee Meeting
(PowerPoint, 222K, 11/07)

Oklahoma Senate Education Committee
(PowerPoint, 977K, 10/07)

ECS 2007 National Forum on Education Policy
(PowerPoint, 319K, 7/07)


Related ECS Links

High School Policy Center
Learn more about the ECS High School Policy Center (HSPC) and join our e-mail list to receive updates as new High School Policy Center products are posted on ecs.org.

Also be sure to visit the High School issue site.



Welcome to the Education Commission of the States' High School Database


STEM

Why this issue matters

  • Recruiting highly qualified secondary teachers in the STEM subjects has proven difficult in many states.
  • Targeted professional development opportunities allow STEM teachers to network and to share effective means for improving achievement in the STEM subjects.
  • Internship and mentoring programs can foster student interest in STEM fields, and it provides them with valuable hands-on experience.
  • Members of certain ethnic minority groups and women have been historically underrepresented among those who earn STEM degrees and who then subsequently go on to careers in the STEM fields.
  • Quality classes in the STEM subjects can be expensive, and districts with high concentrations of low-income students may have difficulty providing these opportunities without state aid.

Why our methodology matters

  • Primary resources: ECS draws its information primarily from state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders and other primary source documents.
  • As needed, policies (and their interpretation) are confirmed with state-level staff.
  • We believe that policy helps institutionalize practice.
  • Our goal is to document where the underlying authority lies, and where consensus has been strong enough to adopt a common approach.

Related ECS products

  • Graduation Requirements database
  • High School-Level Assessment database
  • Policy brief: What Policymakers Need to Know About the Cost of Implementing Lab-Based Science Course Requirements
  • StateNote: Aligned to the Research: Science and Mathematics Graduation Requirements
  • StateNote: Recent State STEM Initiatives
  • StateNote: Mathematics and Science Education in the States
  • StateNote: Mathematics Graduation Requirements: Classes 2006 Through 2011
  • StateNote: Science Graduation Requirements: Classes 2006 Through 2011
  • Highlights: A Synthesis of Recommendations for Improving U.S. Science and Mathematics Education
  • STEM: Recent state policies/activites database and issue site
  • Mathematics: Recent state policies/activities database and issue site
  • Science: Recent state policies/activities database and issue site

Staff contact:
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
303.299.3689
jdounay@ecs.org

State Profiles




A report containing all information available in the STEM database for a single state.

50-State Reports


 

  1. STEM (all data points for all states)

  2. State recruitment efforts for STEM teachers

  3. State offers or requires targeted professional development for STEM teachers

  4. State support for pre-AP alignment programs

  5. State requires or makes available end-of-course exams in STEM disciplines

  6. State support for STEM mentoring and real work internship programs for students

  7. State-level dual enrollment/early college/middle college programs focused on STEM disciplines

  8. State support for afterschool/ELO programs in STEM (such as robotics, science Olympiad, INTEL) that focus on supporting student interest in STEM

  9. State offers college readiness assessments in math and/or science

  10. State has adopted rigorous graduation requirements in math and science for all students

  11. State programs targeted at STEM achievement among female, low-income and minority students

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Use the diagram below to view the components of state-level high school reform, and their relationship to one another.

Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth (jdounay@ecs.org or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.

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