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National Science Board to Release National Action Plan for 21st Century STEM Education


"The National Science Board (Board) is scheduled to unveil a national action plan for 21st Century STEM--science, technology, engineering and mathematics--education on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in a briefing at the U.S. Capitol. Top among the recommendations will be increased coordination of STEM education across the nation--including the formation of an independent, non-federal national council for STEM education--and ensuring an adequate supply of highly effective STEM teachers. Members of Congress will be present and make remarks.

The Board's National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System will lay out strategies to enable and encourage stakeholders from local, state and federal governments, as well as nongovernmental STEM education stakeholder groups, to collaborate. Other expected recommendations center on voluntary national STEM content guidelines, alignment of STEM learning across grade levels, increased STEM teacher compensation, and the role of higher education. The goal is to ensure that all American students receive the skills and knowledge required for success in the 21st Century."

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