Research and Evaluation

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program - Survey Report 


The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) applied for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Implementation Grant from the Maryland State Department of Education to increase the number of students prepared for the rigors of STEM coursework. This report summarizes the results from three surveys that were conducted to address the STEM program evaluation questions set forth in the initial grant application. Between June 1 and June 18, 2009, the Department of Research and Evaluation invited teachers, students, and parents to tell the school district about their participation in the STEM Program activities, and perceived impact of the Program. Nine teachers, 196 students, and 133 parents provided responses to the surveys. The majority of teachers responding indicated that the specified activities were useful in helping them teach STEM-related courses. Teachers also expressed that the STEM Program should be more accessible to more students, with participation not being tied to behavior or other criteria. The majority of responding students did not feel that their participation in the STEM program activities helped them have conversations at home related to STEM nor did their participation spark their interest in applying to Oxon Hill High School’s Science and Technology Program. However, the majority of students did report that their participation in the STEM program activities increased their awareness of STEM, provided them with practical applications of STEM, and increased their awareness of the STEM fields and careers. The majority of parents agreed that their children’s knowledge of STEM was increased as a result of their participation in the STEM program, and that their children’s awareness was raised as a result of their participation. Finally, parents also reported that they agreed that their participation has facilitated STEM-related discussions between them and their children at home. 

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    That ninety (90%) of PGCPS' school-based administrators expressed being satisfied with their job in 2015, an increase of 10 percentage-points over the rate in 2011.


    More than 33,600 students, 9,000 parents, and 5,700 teachers participated in the 2017 School Climate Survey.