Schools seeking to build, strengthen or improve their STEM education programs now have a 14-point checklist to use as a guide, thanks to NSF-funded research from George Washington University, George Mason University, and SRI International.

The Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration (OSPrI) research intends to examine "opportunity structures provided to students by Inclusive STEM-Focused High Schools (ISHSs)," with particular focus on schools serving students from underrepresented groups.

While some STEM schools recruit highly-talented students without regard to need or background, ISHSs tend to seek out new STEM talent, especially from underrepresented minority students.

During the team's research, 14 components associated with strong...

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