August 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

CADRE introduces our new report, Classroom-Based STEM Assessment: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives. This report highlights the latest insights from DRK-12 program-funded research and underscores the union of classroom assessments with STEM education. We encourage you to glance through the executive summary before diving into the full report. The 2023 DRK-12 solicitation has now elevated assessment to a project type, making our report an invaluable resource for those proposing in this domain.

If you haven't yet, we recommend watching the DRK-12 solicitation webinars. They will provide comprehensive insights into changes in this new solicitation and offer guidance on proposal development and submission. But don't stop there: CADRE offers a multitude of resources, including a proposal toolkit, video podcasts with insights from proposal reviewers, and information on current and past DRK-12 projects. For more in-depth details, check out our article below, highlighting key areas in the new solicitation like partnerships and knowledge mobilization, and our Project Tip on budgets.

We are happy to welcome the newest DRK-12 awardees and invite them to register for our welcome webinar on October 4, 2023. This will be an opportunity to get familiar with CADRE services, discuss challenges often faced by new awardees, and network with peers.

Additionally, CADRE is delighted to announce the application phase for the 2024 CADRE Fellows program. Aimed at nurturing early career professionals in preK-12 STEM education research, the CADRE Fellows program offers unmatched professional growth opportunities. Learn more about this program and share the application details with potential applicants.

Catch up on these happenings: the agenda and video recordings from the August National Science Board Meeting; information about the new NSF Regional Innovation Engines; and the new National Academies report, Making STEM More Inclusive of People with Disabilities.

The CADRE Team

Classroom-Based Assessment: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives | New Report

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A new CADRE report takes stock of what we currently know about using classroom assessment to benefit the teaching and learning of STEM subject matter in K-12 classrooms and discusses future directions for research. It draws inspiration from the cumulative body of research on assessment in STEM education that has accrued over the last two decades, with particular emphasis on work funded by the DRK-12 program. Focused on assessment's fusion with instruction and student success, the report spans five sections, each dissecting an important aspect of classroom assessment:

  1. Connecting Classroom Assessment with Learning Goals and Instruction Through Theories of Learning
  2. Assessment for Learning
  3. Equity and Justice in Classroom Assessment of STEM Subjects
  4. Teacher Knowledge and Practices for Assessment
  5. Technology-based Innovative Assessment

New DRK-12 Awards | Project List

Congratulations to the newest DRK-12 awardees, and welcome to our community! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses.

2024 CADRE Fellows Program | Application

 Fellows headshotsCADRE is now accepting applications for the 2024 CADRE Fellows program. The program provides professional growth opportunities for early career researchers (e.g., doctoral students, postdocs, research assistants) whose work centers on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in preK-12 STEM education. We invite early career scholars to apply. If you are a more senior scholar and know someone who may be a good fit for the program, we encourage you to share this opportunity.

We aim to establish a cohort of 15 Fellows that represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests, professional goals, institutions, and geographic regions. View the full applicant criteria.

Applications are due by 5 PM ET on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The new Fellows cohort will be announced in November. This year’s program will run from January to July 2024.

For interested applicants with questions about the Fellows program and application process, CADRE will host an informational Q&A session on September 13, 2023, at 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Register here. Potential applicants may also direct questions to

New DRK-12 Solicitation | Proposal Development Resources

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The new DRK-12 NSF 23-596 solicitation includes several changes, such as a new partnership development project type, measurement and assessment project type, and an emphasis on knowledge mobilization. The CADRE website offers a number of resources related to these topics that may be helpful to proposal writers. Proposals are due November 8, 2023.

Partnership Resources

Measurement & Assessment Resources

Knowledge Mobilization & Dissemination Resources

Additional Proposal Development Resources

Project Tip: Budgets for Beginners

New education researchers often face several challenges when preparing a project budget. These challenges can arise from a combination of factors, including limited experience, uncertainty about costs, and the complexity of educational research projects. Some common challenges include: unclear scope, funding source requirements, budget estimation and justification, among others. To overcome these challenges, new education researchers can take several steps. Read More.


News from NSF

  • With enhancements to NSF’s Project Reporting System in, datasets and research materials can now be added as distinct product types. View updated guidance.
News from NSF Networks
  • STELAR hosted Research Synthesis Webinar: The Pandemic’s Unanticipated Effects on STEM Teaching and Learning. View the recording.
News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees

Do you have news to share? Email

Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.


For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of Upcoming NSF DRL EHR Solicitation Deadlines.


For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.

Career & Professional Development

    For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
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