STEM Work from Pre-K to Grade 12

STEM initiatives in education from pre-K to grade 12 aim to boost student achievement and encourage students to pursue postsecondary degrees and employment in STEM fields. These initiatives are designed to improve math and science curricula, engage and inspire students, improve teacher effectiveness, and support research.

Our Work
  • What Works Clearinghouse
    What Works Clearinghouse

    The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.

  • female teacher helping students
    Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows Programs

    Students assigned to TFA teachers scored higher than those assigned to comparison teachers, with the difference roughly equivalent to an additional 2.6 months of math instruction. Students taught by Teaching Fellows teachers had about the same math scores as peers taught by comparison teachers.

  • Preschool children counting with teacher in classroom
    Evaluation of Mathematics Curricula

    Mathematica examined whether some early elementary school math curricula are more effective than others at improving student math achievement in disadvantaged schools.

  • Educational Technology: Does It Improve Academic Achievement?

    Mathematica’s National Study of the Effectiveness of Educational Technology Interventions was a rigorous evaluation of the efficacy of technology applications designed to improve student learning in math and reading in grades K-12.

  • National Evaluation of Upward Bound

    In 1991, the U.S. Department of Education launched the National Evaluation of Upward Bound. The evaluation included an implementation study and an experimental impact study of the regular Upward Bound program as well as a quasi-experimental impact study of the Upward Bound Math-Science program.