STEMtistics

CTEq provides research and information to help you make the case for STEM learning and literacy. 

Check out CTEq’s STEMtistics on a variety of topics (from girls in STEM to jobs and the workforce to minorities in engineering, and more!) for research and data to guide the STEM conversation.

Minorities losing ground

14 percent of U.S. Bachelor's Degrees in STEM in 2012 were awarded to people of color, even though they represent 33 percent of the college-age population. People of color received only 9 percent of Master's degrees and a mere 6 percent of doctorates.

Source: Change the Equation Vital Signs analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

Tags: STEM degrees, higher education, minorities

No interest in STEM

Only 44 percent of 12th graders are proficient in math. Of those, 61 percent are not interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That leaves a very small sliver of students--a mere 17 percent of all 12th graders--who are both proficient and interested.

Source: Business Higher Education Forum, “Meeting the STEM Workforce Demand: Accelerating Math Learning Among Students Interested in STEM,” 2011.

Tags: K-12, math

Lacking Confidence

Thirty-six percent of Americans admit to often saying they can't do math. Among Americans aged 18 to 35, it's a whopping 53 percent.

Source: Change the Equation survey, 2010.

Tags: math

Limiting time spent on science

In a 2011 survey, fully 40 percent of California teachers in grades one through five said their students receive one hour or less of science instruction a week teaching science. Thirteen percent reported that they spend 30 minutes or less. Sixty-seven percent of teachers reported that limited time for science is a major challenge. Another 23 percent saw it as a moderate challenge.

Source: R. Dorph, P.Shields, J. Tiffany-Morales, A Hartry, T. McCaffrey, "High hopes–few opportunities: The status of elementary science education in California," Sacramento, CA: The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 2011.

Tags: K-12, science

Less than 17 percent

In 2009, minorities accounted for 41 percent of student K-12 enrollments but less than 17 percent of the teacher force.

Source: R.M. Ingersoll and H.May, Recruitment, Retention and the Minority Teacher Shortage, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, CPRE Research Report #RR-69, 2011.

Tags: minorities, teachers, K-12

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