U.S. jobs are growing most rapidly in areas that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge. However, by the time they finish middle school, more than half of U.S. students have already disengaged from math and science. If these students continue along this path, they will not be eligible for at least 75% of the jobs of the future. In addition, being an engaged citizen in today’s connected world requires a knowledge of STEM.
IMPAQ’s research into STEM education programs provides an understanding of how to increase and broaden participation in STEM, especially for under-represented groups.
For example, with the support of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, IMPAQ studied the social return on investment of partnership programs that linked high school students from under-represented groups to advanced STEM career opportunities and postsecondary education.
For the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, IMPAQ described the implementation of a computer-based math curriculum to help high school students, who would otherwise have needed remediation, to go right into credit-bearing courses by leveraging their senior year of high school to catch up.
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