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Another Reason To Love STEM

by Kathleen Lucadamo

The Hechinger Report

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Can all students succeed at science and technology high schools?

The Connecticut school is part of a new generation of inclusive science and technology high schools that have become more popular in the last decade. Barbara Means, an educational psychologist at SRI International, a California-based research institute, says that while there is no hard data on the number of these schools, a reasonable estimate would be somewhere between 250 and 500.

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Immersion in STEM Boosts College Preparedness

STEM-focused high schools are cropping up and providing opportunities for minority and low-income students to become engaged with science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities. The concept could also hold broader value. Should your school be placing a greater emphasis on STEM in all of its courses?

Studies conducted of schools in North Carolina and Texas comparing inclusive STEM schools with traditional schools don’t reveal a great difference in standardized test scores, but do indicate that students immersed in STEM learning are more likely to enroll in college prep courses such as calculus and chemistry. For college-bound students more STEM instruction could help boost college preparedness and future career opportunities.