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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It


Teachers at an elementary school in Stony Point, NY, help students building a robot.

A recent survey found U.S. students and teachers continue to experience unequal access to science, technology, engineering, and math classes and resources.

Credit: Orange and Rockland Utilities

U.S. students and teachers continue to experience unequal access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related classes and resources, according to a Horizon Research survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers.

The survey found K-3 students spend an average of 57 minutes a day on math and 18 minutes on science, compared to 89 minutes dedicated to reading/language arts.

In grades 4-6, students spend an average 63 minutes per day on math and 27 minutes on science.

Just a quarter (26%) of elementary schools were found to offer computer science, versus 38% of middle schools and 53% of high schools.

Moreover, at the high school level, 70% of students have access to computer science, compared to 53% of schools offering instruction in that discipline.

Said Horizon Research president Sean Smith, "What I hope is that with this data we'll have a better sense on how to move forward."

From Education Week
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