National Assessment Governing Board member Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, shares how we can stimulate achievement in science, technology and engineering literacy, and mathematics (STEM) for everyone, especially young black women.
Recent results from The Nation's Report Card - also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - for STEM reveals the opportunities and interests of young black women in these disciplines. The Nation's Report Card gathers information on contextual data both in and out of the classroom that may be critical to achievement, which can be used to improve STEM education for all.
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The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the Nation's Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement between states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.
The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project.