Sunday, December 09, 2012


The State of STEM in the LAUSD

The State of STEM
Michael Batie Ph.D.
President Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers

1. Importance (Musen, 2010)
· Students who had taken Algebra II in high school were twice as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree as students who had not taken this course but had also enrolled in college (Adelman 2006).
· Algebra I acts as a gateway to a bachelor’s degree.

2. STEM achievement data for Black students (see handout).

3.   Mathematics must be the focus.

4.   Where? (see handout)

5.   How?
· Move corporations to focus resources to include an emphasis on math.
· Create synergies among Black professional organizations around math in our respective programs.
· Agree on a set of core math expectations, and how to implement them within each of our organizational and program frameworks.
· Evaluate and disseminate results.
6.   The future
· Next Generation Science Standards
 The first step in a process to create new standards in K-12 science education.
 Engineering design.
 Links among engineering, technology, science, and society.

Musen, L. (2010). Pre-algebra and Algebra Enrollment and Achievement.  Taken from 12/6/2012

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