Policymakers understand that economic prosperity and individual opportunity in their states require widespread mastery of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. In recent decades, states have passed hundreds of pieces of legislation that aim to improve access and quality in STEM fields. The following resources highlight state policy trends and promising practices in these critical fields. 


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on issues impacting STEM/STEAM education.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for STEM/STEAM education.

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Several states are ramping up to expand students’ access to computer science courses and career pathways, and 50 governors signed the Governors’ Compact for Computer Science. Comparably, in the postsecondary education space, computer science has flown under the radar.

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Over the past two years, the Arts Education Partnership and Education Commission of the States have collaboratively led a preschool through fifth grade STEAM education initiative for state leaders around the country. We feature new resources, research, convenings and technical assistance for policymakers to take advantage of.

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The United States is experiencing a supply and demand mismatch in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, with roughly 3 million more open jobs than there were trained professionals to fill them in 2016.

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My parents noticed early in my life that I had an inclination for memorizing song lyrics. They told me that, before I could speak, I would park myself in front of the television and sing along with every commercial jingle. I wasn’t alone.

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Computer science is required for many of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs in our country. However, according to the latest State of Computer Science report, only 53% of high schools across the U.S. offer one or more courses in this crucial field…

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on issues affecting STEM/STEAM education.

STEM Funding Options
Computer Science Requirements for High School Graduation

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