« Student Science Experiments Lost in NASA Rocket Explosion | Main | Louisiana Delays Plan for Computer-Based PARCC Testing »

National Science Foundation Releases Data Tool for STEM Education

The National Science Foundation released a data tool this week that puts a host of wonky STEM education statistics into a friendly, visual format. 

The new website uses data mainly from the 2014 National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators report, and some from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

Users can get questions answered about science, technology, engineering, and math education spanning pre-kindergarten through the workforce. For example: 

  • What are the basic skills that 2-year olds have developed? 
  • How well do U.S. 8th graders score in math and science in each state?
  • What level of education do U.S. S&E [science and engineering] workers have?

Clicking on the question opens up an interactive graph or map of the data, a short narrative answer, and some key research findings. Here's the visual for the question above about science and engineering workers' levels of education (not interactive here, though it is on the site). 

NSF data tool 10.14.JPG

Carissa Poroko, a spokesperson for the National Science Board, part of the National Science Foundation, said the tool is aimed at a variety of audiences, including parents, students, teachers, policymakers, and journalists. "A parent and student can sit down and look at [college] majors—it can be kind of a planning tool for them in the early stages, even as young as high school."

The NSF will continue updating the information and expanding the site, she said. 

The federally agency has also created a state data tool that looks at economic and academic indicators, which my colleague Sean Cavanagh wrote about here

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more