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1 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction at The California Department of Education? WHAT’S NEW IN STEM EDUCATION

2 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

3 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Adopted by the State Board of Education in September 2013 In Process: –Framework Instructional Materials –Assessment CDE NGSS website: The Next Generation Science Standards

4 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction The Next Generation Science Standards Three Dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts the dimensions must be woven together in standards, curricula, instruction, and assessments.

5 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction 1.Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering) 2.Developing and using models 3.Planning and carrying out investigations 4.Analyzing and interpreting data 5.Using mathematics and computational thinking 6.Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering) 7.Engaging in argument from evidence 8.Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information Dimension 1 Science and Engineering Practices

6 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS - MATH CCSS Implementation Modules –http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ccssplm.asp Field Test: Grades 3 – 11, March 18 – June 6 Field Test Training Modules and Informational Videos for Teachers & Students –http://sbac.portal.airast.org/ca/field-test-ca/ Information to high school and middle school students about the Field Test –High school video: –Middle school video: Smarter Balanced list

7 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

8 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction The Evolving and Elusive STEM Definition

9 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction CDE Website Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is used to identify –individual subjects, –a stand alone course, –a sequence of courses, –activities involving any of the four areas, –a STEM-related course, –or an interconnected or integrated program of study. A nationally agreed upon definition for STEM education is currently lacking.

10 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction CA Math & Science Partnership Grants An approach to teaching and learning that –Emphasizes the integral connectedness of the STEM disciplines –Connections are made explicit through the collaboration of both educators and their students, –Results in real and appropriate contexts that are built into the instruction, curriculum, and assessment. –The common element of Problem Solving is emphasized across the identified STEM disciplines –Allows students to engage, explore, expand, and evaluate their learning and apply critical thinking skills as they learn.

11 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction ACT College Testing There is no agreed-upon national definition of STEM ACT defined 93 STEM Majors and Occupations by Area –Science (24 majors and occupations) –Computer Science & Mathematics (15) –Medical and Health (21) –Engineering and Technology (33)

12 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Of the 107,242 California Graduates who took the ACT in students expressed an interest in mathematics education as a major or occupation only 14 students expressed an interest in Science Education as a major or occupation.

13 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Some International STEM Comparisons 29 nations: The number of industrialized nations whose high school students performed better than U.S. students in math in nations: The number of industrialized nations whose high school students performed better than U.S. students in science in In 2008, 4 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in engineering. Compared to 31 percent in China. In 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in science and engineering fields. Compared to 61 percent in Japan and 51 percent in China. The National Math & Science Initiative

14 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Women and Girls in STEM

15 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ensuring a Competitive Workforce U.S. DOL: > 1.4 Million computing-related job openings in U.S. between We can only fill 30% with U.S. Grads Young women can fill this gap, but factors dissuade them from choosing CS majors/careers Women in IT are leaving at staggering rates We are losing out on productivity, innovation, and competitiveness America cannot remain competitive in Information Tech without more women entering these careers. girls in IT: The Facts 2012

16 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction girls in IT: The Facts 2012

17 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction girls in IT: The Facts 2012

18 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction girls in IT: The Facts 2012

19 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction girls in IT: The Facts 2012

20 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction INFLUENCING FACTORS

21 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction California STEM Symposium 2014!

22 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Karen Shores


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