NY City Schools are putting more focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), with new ways to unlock children’s potential. The program is at the center of Mayor Bloomberg‘s efforts to diversify the economy of NY City after the 2008 financial crash. It’s also part of a nationwide effort to move towards a focus on the sciences.
Part of the focus has been on elementary aged children since the Education Department believes they lay the groundwork for the future. The city has also created 22 technical education high schools, with seven more in the future and a plan to transform 20 high schools and middle schools into STEM schools.
Since the beginning of the STEM efforts, scores have risen citywide, while statewide, they’ve decreased.