Friday, June 19, 2009

Double STEM Degrees and Teachers by 2010

The Challenge:
The countries with whom we compete for workers, for ideas, and for new innovations are identifying their best math and science students, nurturing them, and educating them in STEM fields so they are prepared for the global marketplace. To remain competitive in the future, Massachusetts business and technology leaders are expressing urgency that similar investments be made in the U.S. and Massachusetts. Currently, they are not.

The Coalition:
Given the underpinnings of the Massachusetts economy, and projections for its future growth, a public policy focus and investment in the STEM fields are of primary importance for many of the state's employers. In "Tapping Massachusetts Potential: The Massachusetts Employers' STEM Agenda," 15 of the state's leading business and technology organizations have formed a unique, collaborative call-to-action for STEM to become a statewide policy priority.

The goals:
The group has challenged state government, industry and educational institutions to double the number of STEM bachelor degrees, with a special focus on currently underrepresented groups, and double the number of STEM teachers, grade 7 through 12, by 2020.

The Recommendations:
1 - Build public support for making improvements in STEM performance a statewide priority;
2 - Motivate Massachusetts students and adults, using a variety of incentives, to study and enter STEM careers and remain in the state after graduation, with a special effort geared to those in currently underrepresented groups; and
3 - Improve K-12 STEM teaching to foster student achievement and meet increased demand, including differentiated pay scales for mathematics and science teachers. United States is down 20% from the peak year of 1985 (Tapping America's Potential).

For more information view the Full Overview or Executive Summary.

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