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NCTL Generates Wide Support for STEM in Education Bill

October 19, 2015

House and Senate education committee leaders and staff are negotiating in conference the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act currently referred to as No Child Left Behind. There are stark differences between the House and Senate versions. We need consensus before the legislation can move to the President for enactment.

The National Center for Technological Literacy® is most concerned with the STEM provisions, particularly the inclusion of engineering and computer science, as well as the role of out-of-school experiences and informal science institutions in supporting STEM learning and teacher professional development.

To that end, the NCTL drafted and sent to the chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate education committees and key staff a letter supporting these provisions which more than 85 organizations signed. (See document below.)

Most important, this ad hoc coalition urged conferees to retain Title II-E (Improving STEM Instruction and Student Achievement) of the Senate bill S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act. This section aims to improve STEM education for all and increase access for students who are underrepresented in the STEM fields to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and computer science experiences both in and out of the classroom.

The coalition also supports other Senate provisions allowing states to integrate engineering design skills and practices into their state science standards and assessments, to provide for professional development and instructional materials for STEM subjects, including computer science, and to support STEM programs under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

House provisions in H.R.5, the Student Success Act, include retaining ESEA current law provisions related to state science standards and assessments, and the ability of non-profit STEM organizations to compete directly for funds to support teacher professional development.

Please contact your legislator to express your priorities. If your organization is interested in supporting NCTL advocacy, contact Patti Curtis, curtisp@mos.org.

Documents

The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500   information@mos.org