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Science Beyond the Classroom: Critical to New York's Future

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February 9, 2012
Science Beyond the Classroom: Critical to New York's Future

This brief by TASC and the New York State Afterschool Network argues that high-quality science learning outside the traditional classroom is critical to young people's success, and outlines practical steps to make it accessible throughout New York State.

New York's educators can draw on many resources to provide rigorous, interdisciplinary, hands-on science learning in schools, community centers, museums, parks and other venues. This brief explores how to expand these opportunities for all students.

Why should we improve STEM learning experiences?

  • Only 43% of graduating high school seniors are ready for college math.
  • Only 27% of graduating high school seniors are ready for college science.
  • Only 16% of bachelor's degrees awarded in the United States are awarded in STEM fields, in stark contrast to corresponding statistics from countries such as South Korea (38%) and Germany (28%).
  • Consistent with the national picture, fewer than 40% of New York State students in the 4th and 8th grades scored at or above proficiency in math and science.

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