SALT LAKE CITY (May 8, 2017)—The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Friday approved eight public schools for the Utah STEM School Designation. This is the second group of schools to be selected since the program began last year.
USBE, in partnership with the Utah STEM Action Center, developed the Utah STEM Schools Designation program to better define and standardize the elements that create a comprehensive STEM learning environment for Utah students. The program furthers schools’ opportunities to engage in STEM-related discussions with faculty and community partners and develop strong instruction for students to prepare them for college and careers. The designation also serves as an indicator for members of the public who are looking for quality STEM school experiences in Utah K-12 education.
“We applaud the effort these schools – their teachers, students, parents and community partners – have put into STEM education,” said Dr. Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “There are nearly 9 million STEM jobs in the nation now and 93 out of 100 of them pay above-average wages. Utah students who commit themselves to succeeding in STEM in school stand a better chance of economic success.”
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