STEM Certification in Georgia Schools

STEM Certification in Georgia Schools

A STEM Certification process was established in 2012 in Georgia by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) as part of an effort to reform public school STEM education. As Georgia schools become STEM certified it will be helpful to understand how the certification processes influence achievement in math and science as well as English language arts and social studies. The increase in demand for college and career ready students has driven the need for education reform to ensure K-12 schools can support student learning across all content areas and grade levels. This causal comparative study seeks to examine if the Georgia STEM certification process alters student achievement in participating schools as compared to schools that have not participated. Student achievement will be measured by the median student growth percentiles (MGPs) between STEM certified and non-certified schools in the content areas of (a) English language arts, (b) mathematics, (c) science, and (d) social studies at the fourth and fifth grade levels using a difference of means t-test with independent treatment. The findings will provide educational leaders with information that will inform school and district STEM certification decisions and support their goals of improved achievement and globally competitive students.

Event Day and Time (AZ/MST timezone): 
August 16, 2018 12:00 pm MST
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