“The purpose of the South Carolina STEAM Implementation Continuum is to provide statewide guidance and consistency with regard to STEAM implementation. To accomplish that purpose, the document sets forth a common language for STEAM implementation and establishes indicators in a continuum format that describe early or “Emerging” to model or “Practicing” STEAM schools or programs. For a school/district that is interested in STEAM implementation, the continuum should serve as a self-reflection readiness tool. For a school/district that currently has a STEAM program, the continuum may be used as a tool or rubric to guide self-reflection related to the status of STEAM implementation and to plan STEAM-related action steps for the future” (p. 1).
The continuums are divided into three levels:
This document provides educators at the school, district, and state levels with a useful tool to make judgments on the level of STEAM implementation occurring at a school site. The continuum, or rubric, is also helpful to those who are at the beginning stages of developing a STEAM program because it lays out the criteria needed for quality implementation and programs. An accompanying document is the STEAM glossary.