National Science Foundation’s First Set of FY20 Science and Engineering Indicators Are Released with Focus on K-12 and Higher Education

Sep 11, 2019

by ASME.org

The National Science Board recently released two new reports highlighting the latest data and trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education here in the U.S. These new reports comprise key aspects of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2020.

The first report, Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education examines national trends in student achievement from the K-12 levels, and compares U.S. student performance with their international counterparts.

The second report, Higher Education in Science and Engineering looks into trends in science and engineering at the higher education level, and once again compares U.S. student performance and experience with students from other nations. Additionally the report examines international student trends at U.S. institutions. The U.S. is a top destination for international students in higher education. However, the total number of foreign students at U.S. institutions has gone down over the past two years.

The Science and Engineering Indicators report is a congressionally mandated report published by the NSF every two years. In 2020, the NSF is switching its publishing format from one large comprehensive report to a series of more targeted reports. Along with these two reports, a third report on the science and engineering labor force will be released later this month.

To view the report Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education, click here: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20196/

To view the report Higher Education in Science and Engineering, click here: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20197/

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