Improving STEM Education Administration 2013 budget proposal

Improving STEM Education
President Obama has identified the need to improve our STEM education compared to other nations, and set out three overarching priorities to ensure more students get the skills needed to succeed in the STEM fields: increasing STEM literacy so that more students are motivated to pursue STEM subjects; improving the quality of math and science teaching; and expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. Key activities include:
 $149.7 million for Effective Teaching and Learning: STEM, which would replace the current Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. Funds would be used to support State implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based plans; professional development that aligns Federal, State, and local resources to provide high-quality STEM instruction, and for subgrants to high-need LEAs to support comprehensive STEM instruction in the grades and schools with the greatest needs.
 $80 million for STEM teacher and leader training and professional development, funded through a set aside from the Effective Teachers and Leaders program, to support the President’s goal of preparing 100,000 effective STEM teachers over the next decade. These funds would support competitive awards to create or expand high-quality pathways to teacher certification and other innovative approaches for recruiting, training, and placing talented recent college graduates and mid-career professionals in STEM fields in high-need schools.
 $30 million in the Fund for the Improvement of Education, combined with $30 million from the National Science Foundation, to support the development and implementation of a robust, evidence-based K-12 STEM initiative as well as efforts to improve the evidence base for STEM programs across the Federal Government. The initiative would include competitive grants focused on developing, evaluating, and scaling up proven practices that can help increase student achievement in K-12 STEM. In addition, funds would support the development of common evidence frameworks for the two agencies, a “what works” repository, and technical assistance activities.
 A priority for STEM projects under the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, which makes competitive awards to develop, validate, and scale up innovative programs, practices, and strategies that are effective in improving educational outcomes for students. The proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED), which would be launched through a set-aside of i3 funds, would focus on developing breakthrough educational technology solutions in high-need areas, such as STEM.

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