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As the United States strives to improve the academic achievement of its students and remain a global leader in scientific discoveries and innovations, its education policies and programs in STEM continue to draw national attention. In 2016, 13 federal agencies invested $3 billion in more than 160 STEM programs to promote student learning, build capacity for research and education, and foster completion of advanced degrees necessary to build our scientific workforce (General Accounting Office 18-290, 2018). Mathematica Policy Research is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that these investments in STEM education are evidence based, effective, and efficient.
Mathematica has established itself as a national leader in policy-focused education research and evaluation by successfully conducting many seminal evaluation and data collection projects. Through the leadership and collaboration of its social scientists, statisticians, and survey research professionals, Mathematica conducts a range of studies in STEM, targeting educational programs and institutions in grades K–12, higher education, and informal education. These studies often focus on efforts to build and diversify the scientific workforce with populations underrepresented in STEM fields—including women, minorities, economically disadvantaged students, and people with disabilities.
The International Research Experiences for Students Program
Mathematica is evaluating the National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students program and developing an electronic data system to support prospective monitoring and evaluation.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Developing an Evaluation Framework and Pilot-Testing a Longitudinal Tracking System
Mathematica is designing an evaluation framework and pilot data system that would enhance the National Science Foundation’s ability to monitor the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and to conduct evaluations with increasing level of rigor in the future.
Cecilia Speroni examines issues in education policy, including teacher and principal effectiveness; the use of data in education decision-making; and fostering student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.Featured Projects
- Pay-for-Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund
- The International Research Experiences for Students Program
- Bridging the Gap in Workforce and Education Services: Career Coaching in the Virginia RETHINKS Health Sciences Education TAACCCT Program
- Impact Evaluation of the RWJF Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
- College and Career Readiness
- Effective Data Use
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Human Services