by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network

Last week I joined more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment at a national Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment.  Over 30 states brought teams to our nation’s capital to engage with academia, industry and government on the goal of improved student assessment and achievement, pertaining to the Next Generation Science Standards which have already been adopted by 7 states.  The lead convener of the symposium, the K-12 Center,  has posted all of the research papers and presentations online along with video from closing segments on the work ahead in policy and practice. They’re even hosting a webinar distilling Symposium findings in November.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by states, for states, in alignment with the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education.  It includes elements important to STEM education: real-world practices, concepts and ideas; coherency across K-12; focus on deeper understanding and application; integration of science and engineering and alignment to math and literacy standards; and an intent to prepare of all students for college, career and citizenship.

The nineteen STEMx Network Collaborators share the belief that states have the greatest power to effect transformative change in education.  Our culture is one of open innovation where expert STEM practitioners in education, business, government, and community collaborate in developing, sharing and spreading high quality frameworks, practices, and new knowledge of what works in STEM education.  Just as the K-12 Center enabled last week!

Margaret Ashida is the director of the STEMx network. If you’d like to learn more about the STEMx network, send us a note using the Contact Us page.

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