Schools provide formal education in STEM, as well as access to informal learning through school-community partnerships and afterschool programming. Students require quality in-school STEM learning experiences to build foundational skills in these areas and prepare for more challenging coursework. All students should receive a rigorous core math and science program. Students' access to advanced STEM coursework can vary, reflecting an important opportunity gap.

Best practices information presented on this site summarizes research in a number of pertinent areas, including approaches to teaching STEM, linking instruction to students' contexts, STEM integration, teacher preparation and professional development, and retention and completion of STEM college degrees.