Report of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

The Report of 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education details the results of a survey of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, teachers as professionals, science and mathematics courses, instructional objectives and activities, instructional resources, and factors affecting instruction.


College & Career Readiness 2012

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012: Kentucky

Annually, ACT provides a snapshot of the college and career readiness of ACT-tested high school graduates. We offer this report as a service to inform policymakers and practitioners about selected indicators of effectiveness and how that translates into readiness. In interpreting and using the results, keep in mind that the number and percentage of 2012 graduates who took the ACT in your state determine how representative these findings are for your state.


2012 Kentucky Science and Innovation Strategy

In 2010, the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and the Kentucky EPSCoR, working in concert with existing and new partners, put in place a process to build upon the successes of the 1999 S&T Strategy to create an updated vision for the state. The 2012 Strategy is the result of that process. This document is highly flexible with an emphasis on trigger points and actions that if successful, offer an opportunity to catalyze transformative change in Kentucky.


Kentucky's K-12 STEM Ed Report Card

Kentucky’s K-12 STEM Ed Report Card 2011

A report from the Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America (ASTRA) that examines the state of STEM education in Kentucky. It includes information on the growth of STEM-related jobs in the future, charts the interest in STEM by ethnicity and gender and offers up a breakdown of the significant educational, demographic and economic indicators that helped shape the evaluation of Kentucky.


Kentucky R&D 2012

Kentucky R&D 2012

Another report from ASTRA that helps illustrate the importance of scientific research to state and local economies, job growth, innovation, our standard of living, and national security. One highlight of this report is that it ranks Kentucky according to a variety of indices provided by U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, TechAmerica, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, and several other organizations which track specific trends in this area.


Change the Equation: Kentucky STEM Vital Signs

In this STEM Vital Signs report, Change the Equation has compiled critical data on the condition of STEM learning in Kentucky. The data is provided to inform vigorous conversations about what it will take to improve STEM learning in the state.


Increasing the Number of STEM Graduates: Insights from the U.S. STEM Education & Modeling Project

The BHEF U.S. STEM Education Model (the Model) is the centerpiece of the Business-Higher Education
Forum’s (BHEF) STEM Education & Modeling Project, which is designed to help increase the number of
students who pursue majors and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This report presents insights from the development and testing of the Model.


Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground: Transforming Education in Kentucky

This report offers 35 recommendations that would serve as a blueprint for how schools throughout the Commonwealth can make prompt and significant gains in school readiness, student proficiency, the closing of persistent achievement gaps, graduation rates and college and career readiness and how elected leaders can develop a supportive state policy environment.


STEM: A Foundation for the Future

This report from Microsoft deals with STEM education by addressing the STEM gap, K-12 programs, higher education programs, tools for engaging students and policy recommendations. The conclusion states: “… to maintain the country’s position as an innovation leader, we must address the shortcomings in our STEM education.”


Kentucky's Unbridled Future

Kentucky’s Unbridled Future: A Five Year Strategic Economic Development Plan

The plan identifies five target industry categories, 10 emerging business sectors within those categories, as well as niche sectors for the Commonwealth to focus its recruitment and retention efforts. In addition to the identification of Kentucky’s target industry sectors, the plan also includes six overarching priorities with actionable strategies related to each.


The 2010 State New Economy Index

The 2010 State New Economy Index

The State New Economy Index uses 26 indicators to assess states’ fundamental capacity to successfully navigate the shoals of economic change. It measures the extent to which state economies are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, IT-driven and innovation-based – in other words, to what degree state economies’ structures and operations match the ideal structure of the New Economy.


Benchmarking for Success

Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education

This report, released by theInternational Benchmarking Advisory Group, provides states a roadmap for benchmarking their K-12 education systems against those of top-performing nations. It explains the urgent need for action and outlines what states and the federal government must do to ensure U.S. students receive a world-class education that provides expanded opportunities for success.


Mind the (Other) Gap!

Mind the (Other) Gap! The Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education

The purpose of this report is to review national and state assessment data for the existence of “excellence gaps,” differences between subgroups of students performing at the highest levels of achievement. This report is intended to provide some preliminary excellence gap data and kick start the national discussion on the importance of excellence in our national and state K-12 education systems.


Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude?

Findings: Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude?

This analysis traced high-achieving students across multiple years to determine how many of them remained high-achieving over time; how many lost their high-achieving status; and how many gained that distinction. Students were sorted into the following categories: steady high flyers, descenders, late bloomers and never high flyers.


In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell: High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB

The Fordham Institute’s latest report contains two separate studies examining the status of high-achieving students in the No Child Left Behind era. This 1-page brief summarizes the major findings from the two studies.


Excellence Gap State Profiles- Kentucky

Excellence Gap State Profiles: Kentucky

NAEP proficiency level and percentile data as well as results from state assessments demonstrate the existence of substantial excellence gaps for Black, Hispanic, and free and reduced lunch eligible students.


Rising Above the Gathering Storm

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited provides a snapshot of the work of the government and the private sector in the past five years, analyzing how the original recommendations have or have not been acted upon, what consequences this may have on future competitiveness, and priorities going forward. In addition, readers will find a series of thought- and discussion-provoking factoids–many of them alarming–about the state of science and innovation in America.

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