Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an innovative policy experimentation project* implemented in eight EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions.
The project aims to provide teachers and students with necessary and efficient digital assessment approaches for the development of students’ transversal skills in STEM education. This model will be developed, implemented and evaluated through a large-scale classroom pilot, leading to policy recommendations at national and European level for the further transformation of education.
The aim of the policy experiment project is twofold. On the one hand, to “know and explain” the process of implementing the ATS-STEM program and, on the other hand, to “understand” how it works in different contexts (schools, classrooms, countries) and thus make suggestions for “improvement”.
Therefore, research and development is integrated in the design of the ATS-STEM educational project to allow decisions to be made based on the evidence gathered throughout the process. In this sense, the evaluative research objective of ATS-STEM is to analyse the possibilities of digital assessment in the implementation of teaching STEM skills and competences in European schools. The research will gather evidence on the use of digital technology to improve the way we assess student learning.
*ATS STEM is co-financed by the ERASMUS+ Programme (Action 3 – Policy Experimentation), where ministries of education are compulsory partners and national education agencies or education faculties essential development partners as well as pilot schools.