School Year 2013–14
To measure RESET’s effectiveness in achieving its goal of sparking children’s enthusiasm for STEM, RESET surveys students who have completed one of its hands-on science programs on their attitudes towards science learning. Two questions are intended to provide feedback on the RESET program they have experienced. The first is “How did you like the science classes that you had with your science visitor?” The response percentages are:
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The second question is “Do you like science more now than before tour science visitor came to your classroom?“ The response percentages are:
The survey instrument also measures attitudes towards science learning, and uses questions developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in preparing “The Nation’s Report Card.” With these metrics RESET is able to compare the responses of students in our programs with those of students nationwide who completed the NCES assessment.
Because NCES has changed the questions it asks students, RESET modified its student questionnaire starting in the 2013-14 school year to align with the NCES assessment tool. This year RESET also placed a higher priority on obtaining completed questionnaires from schools and volunteers. RESET received 559 responses to the Student Assessment Questionnaire in school year 2013–14, nearly three times the number received the year before. Responses to two questions that most directly correlate with RESET’s goal showed the positive impact that RESET volunteers have on students. Nationally, 48% of students “Often, Almost Always or Always Feel” that Science is one of their favorite subject; 64% of RESET students feel that way. In the Nation’s Report Card, 59% of students like studying science “Quite a Bit or Very Much,” while 75% of RESET students respond in that manner. RESET also reduces negative attitudes towards science. The following charts illustrate the results and the table presents the data:
RESET Programs Improve Student Attitudes Towards Science
RESET Programs Reduce Negative Attitudes Towards Science
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