Wednesday, January 4, 2012

STEM Update from NGA

Nice update on the state of STEM in the states from NGA entitled: "Building a Science Technology Engineering and Math Agenda"

STEM Facts:

A t all levels of educational attainment, STEM job holders earn 11 percent higher wages compared with their same-degree counterparts in other jobs.
The top 10 bachelor-degree majors with the highest median earnings are all in STEM fields.
The average annual wage for all STEM occupations was $77,880 in May 2009, significantly above the U.S. average of $43,460 for non-STEM occupations.
Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent during the 2008–2018 period versus 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM jobs.
I n 2010, the unemployment rate for STEM workers was 5.3 percent; for all other occupations, it was 10 percent.

It is worth a read since they first identify the problem all of which NMSI is working on:
  1. Inconsistent state standards in math and science (guess they like Common Core)
  2. Shortfall of qualified math and science classroom teachers (UTeach does this well)
  3. Lack of preparation for postsecondary STEM education (APTIP and LTF)
  4. Failure to motivate student interest in math and sciences (LTF training)
  5. Failure of postsecondary system to meet STEM job needs
Their STEM agenda to meet the challenges:
  1. Adopt rigorous standards
  2. Recruit STEM teachers
  3. Provide more rigorous STEM preparation for students
  4. Use more informal learning to expand math and science beyond the classroom
  5. Enhance the quality and supply of STEM teachers
  6. Establish goals for postsecondary institutions to meet STEM job needs
Looks like a job for the National Math and Science Initiative since that is what we do!!