A society literate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential in an age of rapid technological advances (Statement 83.3). The American Physical Society believes students, K-12 and beyond, need high quality education in STEM-related fields to compete in our global economy (Statement 13.1). Many of today’s major issues — global warming, nuclear nonproliferation, energy security — require a firm grasp of the basic sciences to shape effective policy decisions (Statement 06.3). This expertise can only come about with a strong investment in our nation’s STEM education, at all levels. Developing an innovative national program to generate new resources, cultivate expertise, and increase capacity to meet current and future national needs is critical.

Gray Arrow ESSA and Teacher Preparation

Gray Arrow All APS positions and statements

In the News

APS Urges Congress to Support Student Succeeds Act to improve K-12 science education.
A coalition of national scientific societies that supports the physical sciences strongly encourages congress to vote yes on the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” the conference agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Gray Arrow Read Letter

Washington, DC

Is STEM Education Being Left Behind?
Read what APS Director of Public Affairs Michael Lubell has to say on National Public Radio.
Gray Arrow Read Radio Address


Department of Education AAAS Fellow
2014 marks the inaugural year for the Department of Education (ED) AAAS Fellowship program. The creation of the new fellowship position was spearheaded by APS. Julia Mundy was selected as the first Fellow and will be serving in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at ED.
Gray Arrow Learn More About AAAS Fellowship Programs


Paul Cottle, the chair of the APS Committee on Education, has been a critical voice for physical sciences STEM Education in the state of Florida, weighing in on important questions surrounding K-12 education requirements in the physical sciences and computer science.
Gray Arrow Op-ed: Reality Check on STEM Earnings


POPA Publications

Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges