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Portland State's Cary Sneider and Mary Crovo focus on STEM lessons

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Today’s classroom is constantly evolving due to changes in technology. Laptops, tablets, and apps are just some of the latest tools used to spark students’ interest in STEM subjects —science, technology, engineering, and math. Here to talk about these report card results — and STEM education — is Governing Board member and associate research professor at Portland State University, Cary Sneider, and the Deputy Executive Director of the Governing Board, Mary Crovo.

1.     Tell us more about The Nation’s Report Card. How are they different than other assessments or tests that are out there? (Mary) 2.     Describe the types of interactive tasks and questions seen on the recent science and technology and engineering assessments from The Nation’s Report Card. (Mary)  How did students across the country perform in these STEM subjects? What does this tell us about our students’ readiness for college and careers? (Cary) How is technology changing the way students learn STEM subjects? (Cary) The Nation’s Report Card results in science and in technology and engineering tended to show that students who performed more hands-on activities in class and visited places like museums scored higher. What can educators and parents take away from that and how do we address the “opportunity gap” when it comes to availability of resources? (Cary) How can parents and teachers encourage students to pursue STEM classes and careers in the future? And where can people go to learn more? (Cary)