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Report identifies trends and gaps in U.S. STEM education

March 22, 2019

students in science class working with plantsIn the United States, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a priority for government as well as many businesses, educators and families. To determine what is being done — and what still needs to be done — in STEM education today, FHI 360 spoke with more than 50 experts in 2018. We convened thought leaders in Washington, DC, and interviewed public and private funders, educators, parents and informal educators, including leaders of after-school programs, science centers and youth organizations. Many of these stakeholders believe the field is ready for change.

The findings are presented in a new report, Voices from the Field: A Snapshot of STEM Education Today. The report identifies current trends and gaps, providing information to inform research, policy and practice. The intent is to spark innovative thinking and action to strengthen STEM learning for students during and beyond school hours. The report highlights equity based on gender, race, disability and income as a critical issue to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Photo credit: Jessica Scranton/FHI 360