STEM is not just a buzzword for educators. It’s everywhere, and it matters. If you haven’t taken notice yet, then the ACT may get your attention. Starting in 2015, not only will the most popular college entrance exam in the United States go digital, it also will give test takers a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) score for the first time in its history. Are your kids ready?
Colleges place tremendous weight on ACT and SAT scores. So that STEM score could be a deciding factor in whether a student is accepted to college or receives the scholarship necessary to fund his or her college education. Did you know that:
- in 2012, the ACT overtook the SAT as the test colleges look at most;
- the ACT has a science component; the SAT does not;
- the ACT has more advanced math concepts than the SAT (see Princeton Review);
- in 2015, the ACT will combine math and science scores to give an overall “STEM score”;
- more colleges are looking at whether students are college-ready in the STEM subjects?
Whether you believe that there really is a STEM crisis in America (watch America’s STEM Education Problem and read “The Truth Hurts: The STEM Crisis Is Not a Myth” for evidence), the truth is that job opportunities in the STEM fields are expected to grow at a much faster rate than in other fields in the next decade (see US Department of Education), and there are not going to be enough qualified Americans to fill these high-paying jobs. Year after year American students are lagging behind other developed nations’ in STEM aptitude (see PISA Results).
Concept Schools has been preparing kids for STEM degrees and careers since 1999, before “STEM” was a household term. It started with 2 STEM-focused, college-prep charter schools in Ohio, which both went on to become National Blue Ribbon schools. Today, Concept has grown into a network of 33 in 6 Midwest states. Its founders were trained STEM teachers and professionals. Its focus has always been providing high-quality STEM education to students who do not have access to one in their own neighborhood schools.
In a research study released in January 2013 by CREDO of Stanford University, Concept was named among the highest-performing charter support organizations in the nation. We are proud of our many other accomplishments and believe our results speak for themselves.
You can learn more about our unique evidence-based and student-centered model, and how we are preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow—and the college degrees they need to get them—at www.conceptschools.org.