STEM Equity Program Evaluation Rubric

Purpose

This rubric is designed to help program administrators, designers, implementers and funders identify the critical attributes of a STEM program to determine the degree to which it is inclusive and supports access and success for students who historically have not engaged in STEM. Serving “all students” does not ensure equity, so considering how each of these attributes impacts underrepresented students in STEM and addressing those barriers will create a STEM learning environment where every student can succeed.

“This rubric was created after a lengthy examination of the research and best practices around increasing equity in STEM education and following a thorough review of practitioners and experts from around the nation.  In Nevada, broadening participation in STEM is one of our four priorities.  We believe this rubric has significant value to help our teachers, school administrators, and informal educators come to know the key attributes of an equitable STEM education and to conduct a self-evaluation to identify opportunities for growth.  Additionally, as our office works with aspiring STEM schools, we plan to use this rubric to better communicate the principles of broadening participation in STEM.” 
~Brian Mitchell, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology

The Rubric

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The rubric contains eight sections with research-based attributes of high-quality, equitable STEM programs.  Each attribute is defined and contains several sub-attributes that expand the user’s understanding of the attribute.  The rubric then provides criteria for what constitutes an accomplished, established, developing, and undeveloped STEM program for each sub-attribute.  Finally, each attribute lists several examples of artifacts that would demonstrate evidence of the attribute.

How to Use the Rubric

The rubric is intended to be used primarily as a guide for program leaders to self-evaluate how well their programs meet the standards of equity in STEM education and design strategies to grow toward “accomplished” in every attribute.  The rubric could also be used by other STEM stakeholders when making funding or partnership decisions through a lens of equity.


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