Current Reality: Approximately half of Maryland high school graduates are prepared to succeed in college and the workplace. The other half graduate without the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Nearly 1-in-5 students drops out or does not complete high school in four years (each cohort potentially costing the state’s economy $3.2 billion).
Only 1-in-10 high school students are STEM-advanced. Given the rising need for STEM workers, MBRT will focus its efforts on strengthening STEM teaching, learning, and career awareness and doubling the number of students who graduate STEM-advanced.
Strategic Roles of MBRT
Advocate: Influence policies and practices
- Align standards/assessments to skills and knowledge needed in college and the workforce
- Require all graduates to complete rigorous coursework
- Leverage data systems to track student progress, compare school performance, and capture/share effective practices
Convener: Align and leverage public/private
expertise and resources.
- Concentrate broad business and employer support in greatest need/impact areas
- Build partnerships to advance aligned goals and produce large-scale outcomes
- Develop technology systems that communicate, disseminate and share knowledge and tools
Service Provider: Impact educational outcomes
and workforce readiness.
- Ensure students understand workplace expectations and are motivated to achieve, particularly in STEM courses/fields
- Provide teachers and others with resources to guide/prepare students for STEM careers
- Maximize technology to provide exposure , information, and connection to help students prepare for future
STEMnet: Transformational technology
Work on building the State’s STEM Innovation Network (STEMnet) is well underway, with initial components launched in the fall of 2011. Over the next three years, MBRT will continue to add components to and expand the uses and benefits of the system to make Maryland’s vase STEM resources accessible to all.