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September 9, 2016 - Volume 17


School grades, graduation rates up in North Carolina

North Carolina has released its latest school grades, showing how every public school in the state performed during the 2015-16 school year. North Carolina students continue to make gains on most measures of student learning, according to the latest school accountability data released on Sept. 1 by the State Board of Education, with more than 75 percent of public schools overall earning grades of C or better in the third year of the state’s A through F grading system. Specifically, the annual report card showed an increase in the “math and reading” section as well as "science" for the 2015-2016 school year. It also noted that the state’s four-year high school cohort graduation rate, which factors into the letter grades given for high schools, continued its upward trend for the class of 2016, reaching a new high 85.8 percent. All North Carolina public schools, including charter schools, have received A through F letter grades since 2013-14, when the N.C. General Assembly passed legislation requiring it. Schools are also judged on whether their students exceeded, met or did not meet academic growth expectations during the year. Read a quick summary on the SMT Blog, or the full announcement here. Or, check out's School Performance Database Finder. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


U.S. State Department tackles gender gap in STEM participation

TechGirls is one of a growing number of efforts providing real-world, in-depth experiences to get girls more engaged in STEM. Men still largely outnumber women in STEM fields, but the State Department is looking at ways to close that gap.



Kenan Fellows call for papers for second JoITL

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is accepting articles and literary reviews to be featured in the second issue of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership. The peer-reviewed publication features original work on educational topics from research to pedagogy to policy and more. Submissions for the second edition will be accepted through Oct. 31.



Vidant Health CEO joins NCEast Alliance board

North Carolina Eastern Alliance Corporation (NCEast Alliance) recently elected Michael R. Waldrum, MD, to represent Vidant Health Systems on the organization's board of directors.



STEM Scouts launches in North Carolina

STEM Scouts is a new STEM/Leadership enrichment program launching this fall in North Carolina to give youth a fun way to discover science, technology, engineering, and math. Click the button for information or contact Garrett Richardson at or call (919) 592-3244.


STEM Spotlight

Do high schoolers lack access to statistics?


As recently as 2011, “big data” was not very big news. Fast forward five years, and it consistently ranks among business leaders’ top priorities. Depending on whom you ask, the amount of data on everything from consumer behavior to corporate performance is doubling every one or two years, and analysts predict that shortages of people with the skills to analyze such data may cause high-paying jobs to go begging and companies to lose revenue. One solution to this challenge? Better access to statistics education in high school. Click the image above to learn more.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

The Connectory


Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard


U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources


STEM Grants & Awards

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

Save On Energy Teacher Grants

BWF Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

BWF Career Awards for Medical Scientists

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What is the name of the newly-discovered planet that astronomers believe might be habitable? The answer is Proxima b. Thanks for all the correct answers!

Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

According to a Blue Ribbon Panel report released this week embraced by the National Cancer Institute, what may already exist if we made better use of current research data?

Think you know the answer? Click here to submit your response to @NCSTEM. If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you). We’ll announce winners in the next e-Update!


Upcoming STEM Events

What's New?

The NC STEM Center has entered into a partnership with The Connectory, the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate. Visit the new Find Opportunities page to browse upcoming opportunities.

Summer & Fall

CED Tech Venture Conference

Career Readiness: A Business-Led Approach for Supporting K-12 Schools

The Close It Summit: Shift Happens

2016 Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala


NCCCS 2016 Conference: Pathways to Success

NCAIS Annual Educators Conference

5th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

NCREN Community Day 2016

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Extreme Teen Leaders

Extreme Teen Leaders is a Durham-based youth leadership organization working to equip teens with skills crucial to navigating life successfully. In partnership with parents and educators, Extreme Teen Leaders provides solutions that will prepare them to face these challenges and win. Click the image or the orange button below to learn more about this STEM resource in North Carolina.


Learn more more about STEM programs in your community, click here. Become a member of NC STEM Center today. Joining is free and easy. Logged-in members get access to grant opportunities and the ability to promote their STEM programs and events.




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