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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

WestEd helps encourage curiosity, collaboration, and community in all science and math classrooms and promotes student engagement through culturally relevant, substantive learning experiences. 

Our innovative research, evaluations, curriculum development, assessment, and professional development opportunities span all STEM subjects. From helping students complete introductory college math requirements at triple the rate of their peers to putting a new twist on classic scientific subjects like energy or the states of matter, WestEd offers a diverse portfolio of work that enhances STEM teaching and learning.

An Efficacy Study of the MathSpring Personalized Learning System That Responds to Student Affect

This efficacy study examines the benefits of an online personalized learning system for improving student learning outcomes and attitude toward math.

California NGSS K–8 Early Implementation Initiative

Learn about a large-scale demonstration initiative created to build districts' capacity to implement the NGSS in grades K–8 and make science a core subject.

Carnegie Math Pathways: Improving Student Learning and Success in Mathematics and Dramatically Increasing College Completion

Be part of the growing network of institutions that are empowering students to reach their college and career goals by transforming their mathematics learning experience.

CCSSO Science Assessment Framework and Item Specifications Guidelines

Learn about the process documentation and prototypes WestEd produced to inform large-scale assessment development for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Research Study

What do teachers need to know to teach computer science effectively? And how can they obtain that knowledge through an on-the-job professional development program?

Early Math Initiative

Read about the Early Math Initiative, designed to help federal and state-funded preschool programs enhance mathematical development and learning in young children.

Early Math Intervention

This two-year pre-kindergarten and kindergarten mathematics intervention project targeted at-risk and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

Efficacy of ASSISTments Online Homework Support for Middle School Mathematics Learning: A Replication Study

WestEd is conducting a replication study to examine the benefits of an online platform that helps make middle school math homework more effective.

Efficacy Study of Adventures Aboard the S.S.GRIN: Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills

Read about the Adventures Aboard S.S.GRIN, a game-based online program designed to improve social and academic outcomes for elementary school students.

Efficacy Study of an Integrated Science and Literacy Curriculum for First Grade

WestEd researchers are leading a study on the benefits of a new literacy-rich science curriculum designed to help elementary school teachers support their students in meeting the Next Generation Science Standards.

Evaluating the Impact of Amplify Science Middle School Curriculum on Teaching and Learning

WestEd researchers are leading a study on the benefits of a new middle school curriculum for helping teachers and students meet the Next Generation Science Standards.

Improving Children's Understanding of Equivalence: An Efficacy Study

Second-grade students who understand the meaning behind the equal sign are better prepared to learn new math concepts in later grades.

In Touch With Molecules: Extending Learning With Cyber-Enabled Tangibles

WestEd researchers are exploring how new technology can help students visualize and interact with key concepts in molecular biology.

iRAISE (Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education)

This project was designed to help teachers increase students' engagement in subject area reading — science in this case — and their comprehension of complex subject area texts.

Khan Academy Resources: A Postsecondary Mathematics Research Project

WestEd is conducting research on the effectiveness of Khan Academy’s resources for maximizing community college students’ mathematics achievement.

Making Sense of SCIENCE

Recognized nationally for its expertise in teacher professional development, Making Sense of SCIENCE connects hands-on science with integrated teaching and literacy supports, positively impacting thousands of teachers and students.

Math in Common Evaluation

WestEd is conducting an evaluation to help Math in Common school districts meet their Common Core State Standards implementation objectives.

Math Pathways & Pitfalls

WestEd's Mathematics Case Methods Project has developed Math Pathways and Pitfalls student lessons with proven success for English- and Spanish-speaking students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

NAEP Assessment Framework Update

WestEd is leading the Updates of Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks for the Nation’s Report Card

National Research & Development Center on Cognition & Mathematics Instruction (Math Center)

This federally funded National Research & Development Center aims to enhance the conditions of instruction and improve learning outcomes for students in important and challenging mathematics concepts and skills.

Next Generation Science Assessment Collaborative

A multi-institutional collaborative is developing instructionally-supportive assessment tasks for teachers to gain insights into their students’ proficiency with the Next Generation Science Standards.


Founded in 2020 by the former Achieve Science team, NextGenScience partners with state, district, and curriculum leaders to design, implement, and evaluate K-12 science education systems.

Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network

The Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network aims to increase retention and success of all community college STEM students.

Research Partnerships

The Regional Educational Laboratory West partners with regional, state, and district research alliances of diverse education stakeholders to address their specific education concerns. This work involves two interdependent goals: improving educational practice and using high-quality data and research evidence to inform that process.

Research Studies

WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) conducts research that addresses key questions of importance to regional stakeholders.


How can simulations enrich middle school science learning and assessment? SimScientists integrates the latest research findings and best practices from principled assessment design, model-based learning, cognitive science, and education measurements.


STEMworks is a searchable database of high-quality, evidence-based STEM programs, which meet rigorous evaluation criteria for effective STEM learning programs.

Teachers Supporting Student Motivation and Engagement in NGSS Instruction

WestEd researchers are part of a multi-institutional effort to develop a professional learning approach for science teachers that will equip them to support and sustain students’ motivation for achieving the Next Generation Science Standards.

TechSF H-1B Technical Skills Training Program

WestEd partnered with others to implement sector strategies to recruit, assess, educate, and place in jobs long-term unemployed and those not traditionally represented in IT careers.

Washington NGSS Assessment Development

WestEd is designing and developing innovative stand-alone items, item clusters, and assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for the state of Washington.

WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network

The WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network supports Southern California educator leadership teams preparing students to be college and career ready in mathematics.