Press Release 13-165
National Science Board releases STEM education data and trends tool
New resource offers useful information for parents, students, education professionals
September 25, 2013
How much are states spending on their schools?
What is the science and engineering job market outlook for U.S. graduates?
How proficient are primary school students in math and science?
Today, the National Science Board (NSB) released the STEM Education Data and Trends tool, a rich resource for anyone searching for answers to those and many other questions.
The online statistical tool provides key information on the current state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the United States through an easy-to-use interface. Organized as a "timeline" spanning prekindergarten through employment, the tool provides useful insights for all with a stake in STEM education: parents, students, guidance counselors, teachers, policymakers, and others.
The tool has been updated with the most recent federal government data, drawing on the latest edition of the NSB's biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report. That report is now available in a free iPad app available at the iTunes App Store.
"Providing students, parents, and educators at all levels with high quality information about STEM education and careers in the U.S. is a high priority for the Board," said NSB Chairman Dan Arvizu. "Along with our newly-released Science and Engineering Indicators mobile app, the STEM Education Data and Trends online tool will facilitate public access to useful federal data easily retrieved on a wide variety of devices."
The Web-based tool has been redesigned and is now mobile- and print-friendly. Figures and data tables can be emailed, tweeted or downloaded with one click. Users can also interact with the data, isolating elements of figures to make the data more relevant and readable.
The NSB was established by Congress in 1950. It sets the policies of the National Science Foundation and serves as an independent advisor to the President and Congress on broad national policy issues related to science and engineering.
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