A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates. These indicators include policies and funding, teacher preparation, educator quality, instructional resources, and STEM education outcomes. Datasets incorporated into the map include Next Generation Science Standards and ISTEstandards adopted, proficiencies in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and ACT test benchmark scores in STEM, science, English, and reading.
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.