Engineering is getting more attention in classrooms, especially in those states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, according to an analysis of national test data.

The NGSS, which were finalized in April 2013, emphasize engineering and design in ways that many previous state standards did not.

Change the Equation, a nonprofit group that mobilizes the business community to improve STEM learning, looked at data from surveys administered to 4th and 8th grade teachers and students as part of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The group wrote about the results in two blog posts.

“For 8th grade, pretty much across the board, the early adopters in NGSS saw swift increases in the amount of time teachers were reporting spending on engineering on a couple different measures,” Claus Von Zastrow, the chief operating officer and director of research for Change the Equation, said in an interview.

Click here to read the full story in Education Week (March 28, 2017)

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