Science and Technology Entry Program

 

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Purpose and Program Services

To increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions

STEP provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas.  Projects consist of academic year and summer components including:

  • Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
  • Supervised practical training
  • Supervised research training
  • College admissions counseling
  • Standardized tests preparation
  • Career awareness/development activities

STEP Improves Student Readiness:

  • Enriches science and mathematics instruction
  • Provides laboratories for supervised training in research method
  • Conducts summer programs
  • Provides standardized test preparation and practice
  • Assists students with the college application process

Institutional Eligibility: Competitive grants are awarded to institutions of higher education (IHE).  IHE's administer projects in schools/school districts with 20 percent or more enrollment of historically underrepresented students.

Student Eligibility: STEP serves secondary school students all over New York State.   Students must be:

  • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
  • Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.
  • Economically Disadvantaged is measured by eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Lunch

Demographic Data 2010-2011

Program Year 2010-11
Students served (grades 7-12) 8,505
African American Male 1761 Female 3407
Hispanic/Latino Male 1039 Female 1409
American Indian/Alaskan Native Male 91 Female 161
Caucasian Male 104 Female 154
Asian Male 103 Female 170
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Male 6 Female 11
Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial Male 8 Female 7
Other/unknown Male 74 Female 0
Economically Disadvantaged 546
Program Year 2010-11 Participants by School Grade
7 821
8 1011
9 1478
10 1630
11 1814
12 1751
Program Year 2010-11

Student Participation in Internships

1366 students 68,671 hours
Student Participation in Research
2452 students 154,397 hours
Student Participation in Counseling
5474 students 82,285 hours
Student Participation in Tutoring
4626 students 79,467 hours
Student GPA
100-90 2516 30%
89-80 4085 48%
79-70 1090 13%
Program Year 2010-11
Examinations for Grade 8 Participants (1011)
Math Level 2

130 students

13%

Level 3

235 students

23%

Level 4

70 students

7%

English Language Arts Level 2

149

students

15%

Level 3

223 students

22%

Level 4

71 students

7%

Science Level 2

60 students

6%

Level 3

125 students

12%

Level 4

88 students

9%

Program Year 2009-10 Follow-up on Graduate Placements
Graduates 97% 1706
Graduates with Advanced Regents Diploma 88% 1504
College Bound Graduates 96% 1682
NYS College bound 72% 1261
College-going graduates pursuing math, science or technology 70% 1236

STEP Results:

  • 91% of participants have a 2.0 GPA or higher; 78% have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • STEP students perform better than their peers in Regents mathematics and science courses
  • Grade 12 STEP students graduate at a higher rate with Regents diplomas than their peers
  • More STEP graduates pursue postsecondary education than their peers

STEP Improves Student Readiness:

  • Enriches science and mathematics instruction
  • Provides laboratories for supervised training in research method
  • Conducts  summer programs
  • Provides standardized test preparation and practice
  • Assists students with the college application process

For a list of Professions Licensed, Registered, or Certified by the Board of Regents please visit the Office of Professions at http://www.op.nysed.gov Externa Link Image Icon

for Further Information contact

PreCollegiate Preparation Programs and Scholarships Unit

New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building

Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-5202
E-mail: kiap@mail.nysed.gov

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Last Updated: July 22, 2014