Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program Quality Assessment
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program Quality Assessment (STEM PQA) is an evaluation tool that examines the quality of instruction and other setting characteristics during STEM offerings. The STEM PQA is a standardized, observation-based measure that provides a score (1, 3, or 5) based on the degree to which a practice/characteristic was present for all youth in the setting.
The STEM PQA was initially used to evaluate the Providence After School Alliance’s AfterZone Summer Scholars Program, a program that instructed middle school students on hands-on, project-based STEM learning activities. See the one-page summary of the pilot study for more information.