HEPC Testimony on Science Standards

In lieu of the Board of Education’s upcoming discussion of new science standards in schools, HEPC Director, Jim Shon, has submitted testimony on the subject.

HEPC Testimony on Science Standards, Sept 2015


Interview with John Corey: STEM for Underserved Pacific Island Youth. (Source; Think Tech Hawaii, July 2015)

Host Jim Shon speaks with John Corey (Northern Pacific for High Tech Youth Network) about empowering underserved youth through learning and development. Find the full interview on their YouTube channel.


STEM in the classroom (Source: Education Week, June 2015)

From Education Week comes a collection of reports focusing on STEM in the classroom. Articles include recent trends, new innovations in the field and partnerships with new sources. Find the full report here.


Exploration of the digital age in Schooling (Source: The Atlantic, April, 2015)

From The Atlantic comes a new exploration of classroom use of technology and what it means for student’s future careers and personal lives. Find the full article, written by Alia Wong, here.


University Lab School ranks high among OECD Benchmarking.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has recently released a report that reveals the results of four public charter schools, including University Laboratory School (ULS) that participated in an international exam to measure their academic success against both students in the U.S. and those in developed countries.

The report looks at the performance of students at public charter schools on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Test for Schools. The OECD, which is the administrator the PISA test, assess schools and education systems in a variety of ways with the goals of scoring for how well they prepare students in their contribution to the economy.

See the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report release here or visit the ULS website.


Results for the 2013 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessments are released.

From the Nation’s Report Card, results from the 2013 NAEP assessments show fourth- and eighth-graders making progress in mathematics and reading.

Nationally representative samples of more than 376,000 fourth-graders and 341,000 eighth-graders were assessed in either mathematics or reading in 2013. Results are reported for public and private school students in the nation, and for public school students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools.

Find the full details and data here.


Science Standards Challenges Envisioned for Next-Generation Science Tests

Amidst growing fights over Common Core standards and tests for math and English, the common science standards have been quietly gaining steam. But some experts predict that measuring student progress under these standards may require even more testing innovation than the Common Core. So far, seven states have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards. See an article on Washington’s adoption of the standards. (Education Week, premium article access compliments of, 10/02/13) Found here.


High School Student Interest in STEM

Education Week relayed a recent report from My College Options and STEMconnector noting that “high school students are increasingly interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers.” However, the report, Where are the STEM Students? What are their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs?, also describes a growing gender gap between male and female students interested in STEM. A free summary of highlights from the report is available here and the full report is available for purchase from STEMconnector.

(Education Week, premium article access compliments of, 01/30/13)


Defining STEM- A HEPC explanation. 


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