Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update.

Coalition Updates:
Support STEM in Final ESEA Deal
We need your help!  The Coalition is now asking STEM stakeholders and interested organizations to join onto a sign-on letter that reinforces the need to include the Senate language supporting STEM education funding in the final bill.  A more detailed analysis of the two bill and the key details of the Senate STEM funding provision is linked below. If your organization is interested in joining the sign-on letter, please email the Coalition at jfbrown@stemedcoalition.org with your organization's name and contact info.
Top Article:
Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Three Testing Issues to Watch
Education Week
 So, we all know that annual tests are likely to stick around if Congress reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in coming months. (That wasn't always a slam dunk, but now it basically is.)
But that doesn't mean that testing isn't-or hasn't been-an issue behind the scenes, as congressional aides and the top lawmakers on education issues.
Read more here
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Amtech
Innovative hardware and software are helping to save companies time and money while the collaborative philosophy behind BIM places a greater emphasis than ever before on enhanced communication. Change is sweeping across all aspects of the construction supply chain as the way buildings are designed, built and managed are irrevocably shaped by progress. However, despite these revolutionary developments, one area that appears resistant to change is the disparity between the number of male and female engineers. 
CBS News
Any adult who has tried to help a second-grader with homework has noticed math is not what it used to be. Now schools are unlocking the secrets of Common Core math for mystified parents.They're holding special classes or giving out materials designed for adults so they can help children with their math homework. After parents learn the strategies, educators say, they're more willing to get on board with Common Core math amid criticism from some politicians, from fellow parents, on social media and from celebrities like Louis C.K., who complained Common Core math made his daughters cry.
Washington Post
The 2015 scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are out, and the news isn't good for those who think standardized test scores tell us something significant about student achievement. NAEP is often called the nation's report card because it is the only measure of student achievement given periodically to a sampling of students around the nation.
Read more here  
Around the Community
2015 Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation's young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

Compete in the 2015 steelChallenge-10

Are They Learning?
Children go through eleven years of grade school and then many go onto college and higher education. They spend their childhood and teenage years in an educational system that prepares them to be an independent adult and a productive member of society. However, many wonder how well our current education system is working.
Read more here
  
More STEM Activities, or Actual Communication?
Wayne Carley from STEM Magazine explores talking to kids about STEM fields and having deeper conversations versus just giving them more tasks or generic STEM kits.

$1.5 million Goes to Engage Youth in Computational Inquiry in STEM
A new partnership between the UW, TAF and TAF Academy receives $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM+C program to bring together interdisciplinary, project based STEM learning.


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We at the STEM Education Coalition hope you have enjoyed this week's edition of the STEM Ed Newsletter. 

 

Any organization may join the Coalition, and there is no cost to become an Affiliate Member. Affiliate members are listed on our website, receive periodic communications on policy matters, and will be signed up for the weekly newsletter. 

 

Your organization can also apply to join the Coalition's Policy Council, where they play an active role in setting the public policy agenda for the Coalition and are invited to participate in frequent interactions with policymakers. 

 

If you would like to join the Coalition at any level, please read our message to prospective members or email us at info@stemedcoalition.org.

 

We appreciate your continued support and involvement. 
  

 

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