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The Washington STEM 2017 Legislative Agenda

Washington legislators have a historic opportunity to prioritize the investments that matter most – closing opportunity gaps, bolstering student opportunity and success, and building the robust next generation talent pool urgently demanded by employers. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is at the heart of these solutions. 2013’s HB 1872 authorized a comprehensive initiative to improve educational outcomes in STEM: now is the time to fund this initiative. Washington STEM recommends catalytic investments to improve STEM capacity and opportunity for youth cradle to career. Read More

Reimagining STEM offers pragmatic, nonpartisan recommendations to improve STEM teaching and learning for all students. We work with our STEM Networks, policymakers, and other education advocates to bring creative solutions that will remake our state’s education system and, with it, the futures of generations of young Washingtonians.

Washington STEM is the go-to resource for Washington policymakers at the state and federal level. We provide inspiring stories of STEM in action, top facts, policy recommendations, and insights of what works here in Washington. Our goal is to lead the charge in Washington, and serve as a model for innovative thinking and action nationwide. We are part of a national movement advancing STEM education, including 100kin10, Change the Equation, and STEMx, a multistate network.

We work with communities across the state to develop our state policy agenda to ensure state investments and policies drive the best outcomes for Washington’s students and economy.

Our work has resulted in:
  • Washington state allowing Advanced Placement Computer Science to count as a math or science credit towards graduation;
  • creation of the Governor’s STEM Education Innovation Alliance;
  • adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards;
  • increased access to computer science education;
  • increased opportunities for STEM postsecondary degrees;
  • introduction of STEM into early childhood education;
  • standards and definitions of educator professional learning; and
  • additional funding to build STEM classrooms
We also bring together education, business, and community leaders from across the state at our annual STEM Summit to share innovations and solutions while inspiring action.

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