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Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools

This network was founded on the conviction that quality STEM education changes the lives of students. But how does STEM stack up on measures like graduation, ACT score, and state tests? Today, we’re proud to release the data on more than 26,000 students across more than 50 Ohio schools.

Last year, we published our first report that combined detailed surveys of Ohio’s STEM schools with data from the Ohio Department of Education. Today, we’re releasing a complete update with new stats on the 2017-2018 school year.

In brief, the schools of the Ohio STEM Learning Network still serve more low income and minority students than Ohio’s average school. That diverse student body doesn’t just excel in class, graduating at higher rates than their peers – they’re completing internships, college courses, and problem-based learning experiences.

The schools themselves are also unique. Students at Akron’s National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School take classes in a former museum, while students at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield learn about the future of agriculture with field studies.

In the midst of everything, they have to take state tests just like everyone else. Are they prepared for them? The answer is yes – once again, STEM students beat the average.

Students score higher in Algebra I and Geometry, but STEM goes far beyond the acronym.  STEM is about collaboration and problem-solving across disciplines – leading to higher scores in Government and English. After graduation, our students are more likely to enroll in college, with the majority studying STEM disciplines.

Learn more about how these 55 innovative schools make an impact, both on Ohio’s educational landscape and on the lives of their students.

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One Response to “Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools”

  1. Brian C McCalla, PE says:

    For those of us who worked tirelessly to get a STEM school founded in Ohio and worked to get it moving in the right direction, this is an utter embarrassment and illustrates how good ideas and good intentions in education rapidly become corrupted by those looking to hitch their wagons to a good thing but wind up exploiting it and diluting it until it is completely unrecognizable and retains none of the value it began with.

    STEM school students score -1 below students at non-STEM schools in Biology, but do +1.7 better in Government and +3.3 in Brit Lit? Where are the priorities? Then, the STEM ACT mean isn’t even 1% better than the Ohio average?

    First it was “STEM” became “STEAM” and now it’s become a vehicle for humanities to benefit from the resources being provided to schools wherein science, technology, and engineering are merely given lip service.

    Arts and humanities are important, but at a STEM school they should be BALANCED with the STEM disciplines, not prostitute the model for the gains of non-STEM interests. Like it or not, eduction IS a zero sum game, and it’s clear where the resources are being allocated and for what agendas.

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