By providing a focused set of key indicators about schooling—students’ access to quality learning, educators’ capacity, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM—this report addresses the need for research and data that can be used to monitor progress in K-12 STEM education and make informed decisions about improving it. It provides a framework for Congress and relevant federal agencies to create and implement a national-level monitoring and reporting system with the capability to:
• assess progress toward key improvements recommended in the 2011 National Research Council report Successful K-12 STEM Education;
• measure student knowledge, interest, and participation in the STEM disciplines and STEM-related activities;
• track financial, human capital, and material investments in K-12 STEM education at the federal, state, and local levels;
• provide information about the capabilities of the STEM-education workforce, including teachers and principals; and
• facilitate strategic planning for federal investments in STEM education and workforce development, when used with labor force projections.