PEAR STEM Learning Ecosystems: Evaluation and Assessment Findings

PEAR STEM Learning Ecosystems: Evaluation and Assessment Findings

Researchers at the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience presented findings from a survey of STEM Learning Ecosystems’ thoughts about collaboration on evaluation and assessment STEM Learning Ecosystems: Evaluation and Assessment Findings. Results revealed that half of the ecosystems are using at least one data collection tool to evaluate STEM learning, and the level of evaluation progress can be stratified as three groups: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Leaders identified six goals for evaluation and assessment, including: to demonstrate value of programming to stakeholders; to use data to guide the process of implementing system- and program-level changes, to assess program impact on student outcomes; to ensure quality of student learning experiences; to use data to improve teaching effectiveness; and to increase STEM learning opportunities.