WestEd Evaluation Helps Businesses Gauge Efficacy of STEM Learning ProgramsEnsuring That Investments Add Up to Big Improvements in STEM Learning
Huffington Post — July 11, 2012
The business community in the United States is taking a particular interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. They've asked WestEd for an objective opinion on what programs actually improve student learning.
Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative of CEOs that helps the business community support improved STEM education. CTEq created a set of design principles for effective STEM learning programs. WestEd served as an independent reviewer of the design principles, and used the principles to evaluate more than 40 STEM education programs.
Following the review, WestEd built STEMworks, a database of programs that meet the design principles. The goal of STEMworks is to help focus funding and support on rigorous, successful STEM education programs.