Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics (STEM) Education for Hispanics
While education reform has made strides toward improving education outcomes and closing the achievement gap for Hispanic students, much more work remains to be done, particularly regarding the need to strengthen the academic preparation of Hispanic students in the core subjects of mathematics and science. This strengthening will ensure that: 1) substantially more Hispanic students graduate from high school and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions; and 2) Hispanics who graduate from college with degrees in the STEM fields will enable the United States to continue leading the world in opportunity and innovation.
President Obama's vision for improving education, particularly in the STEM fields, include:
* Making math and science education a national priority: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. Work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
* Improve and prioritize science assessments: Work with governors and educators to ensure that state assessments measure higher-order thinking skills, including inference, logic and data analysis, and not just rote memorization of facts.
* Address the dropout crisis: Provide funding to school districts to invest in intervention strategies in middle school—strategies such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time.
* Pinpoint college aid for math and science students: Launch an online database to give potential future scientists access to information about financial aid opportunities available in the science and technology fields through the federal government and public or private resources.
* Increase science and math graduates: Improve science and math education in K-12 to prepare more students for these studies in college. Work to increase the number of science and engineering graduates and encourage undergraduates studying math and science to pursue graduate studies. Increase the representation of minorities and women in the science and technology pipeline, tapping the diversity of America to meet the increasing demand for a skilled workforce.
The president's education plan will restore the promise of America's public education, and ensure that American children again lead the world in achievement, creativity and success.
Reprinted with the permission of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
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