After 24 years in the K-12 education space, Achieve has shut its doors. Read the statement from Michael Cohen, President of Achieve here.
Our website www.achieve.org will remain available through December 31, 2020.
Former Achieve science team members have founded the NextGenScience project at WestEd where they will continue working with educators and partners across the nation to improve the quality of science education. Please visit their website and @NextGenScience to learn more about their work. They will continue to serve as stewards of the NGSS, sharing resources with the field through the nextgenscience.org website, NGSSNow newsletter, and @OfficialNGS.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
Washington, D.C. — July 12, 2017 — Achieve today released a new brief examining ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Due to additional flexibility for states and funding provisions written into the law, ESSA provides opportunities for states to develop new programs and initiatives in support of STEM education.
“Demand for workers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics continues to rise,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. “It is critical to our country’s economic future that states work to ensure that students graduate from high school equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields. ESSA represents an opportunity for states to innovate and expand their K–12 STEM educational offerings.”
Achieve’s analysis of submitted state ESSA plans, which focused particular attention on science, reveals a number of different ways states have proposed incorporating STEM initiatives moving forward. In addition to proposing STEM-related programming and professional development uses for federal funding, many states are now planning to include science in their redesigned accountability systems. The brief also presents ways in which states currently include science in their statewide assessment systems and graduation requirements.
The full analysis is available here.