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)
· 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 http://annenberginstitute.org/pdf/ 12/6/2012