Science and Technology; A Key Driver of US Economic Growth.
STEM Proficiency: A Key Driver of Innovation, Economic Growth and National Security
STEM skills are needed in the many millions of jobs in sectors such as energy, manufacturing, food production and health care.
- Between 2000 and 2013, an average of 37.6 percent of high school males reported having interest in at least one of the STEM disciplines, vs. 14.8 percent of females.
- In 2013, the average SAT math score for white students was 534, compared to 461 for Hispanic students and 429 for black students. The average ACT science scores were 22 for whites, 18.8 for Hispanic students and 16.9 for black students.
- As high school students’ interest in STEM has waned, their scores on international assessments like PISA have also dropped. In 2000, the average U.S. PISA math score was 493. In 2012, that score dropped to 481. Relative to other developed countries, we remain near the back of the pack.
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