Recent Studies Point to Key Predictors of Postsecondary STEM Success and Explore Hispanic Students’ Exposure to STEM Coursework in Texas

With Hispanic employees making up 15% of the nation’s workforce but holding only 7% of the nation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs as of 2011, important questions remain about the under-representation of Hispanic adults in high-wage STEM careers. This topic is particularly salient in Texas where Hispanic students make up 52% of the student population; and, it’s especially ... read more.

The Institute for Education Sciences Published Our Study of Advanced Course Completion Rates Among New Mexico Students

In 2008, New Mexico adopted new high school graduation requirements designed to promote college readiness. These changes included the requirement to complete at least one course unit in advanced coursework in order to graduate. This study examines the completion of several types of advanced coursework (e.g., Advanced Placement [AP], gifted and talented, honors, and International Baccalaureate [IB] courses) during the period following the legislative change for all high school students in New Mexico. The Institute for Education Sciences published our report on New Mexico Advanced Course Completion Rates conducted ... read more.

AVID for Higher Education Shows Positive Student Outcomes When Used Well

Marshall Garland

Joseph Shields

Two of our researchers, Joseph Shields and Marshall Garland (pictured on the right), recently wrote an article for the National College Access Network that outlines the findings from the ongoing multi-year evaluation of the AVID College Completion Program.

Student survey results from the study reveal that when students experienced high levels of student-centered teaching and content, they were significantly more … read more.

Can Project Based Learning (PBL) Be a More Effective Strategy for A.P. Teaching and Learning?

AP course teachers know the challenges that come with covering all the content necessary to prepare students for an AP exam. This often leads to reliance on classroom strategies that stress memorization like lecture and notetaking rather than those that foster sophisticated thinking and communication – skills that students need to be successful in college and beyond. Some schools and districts across the country have been experimenting with employing PBL strategies to help teachers move beyond the traditional “transmission” approach to teaching. … read more.