These briefs were produced by Change the Equation prior to Vital Signs’ transition to Education Commission of the States. For more information on Vital Signs and STEM, please click here.

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council (September 2017) – Learn more about the STEM “edu-nomic development initiative” that has fueled a STEM education Renaissance in Iowa and offers a model other states should aspire to.

Ending the Double Disadvantage (Brief and Infographics) (July 2017) – Students in the highest-poverty schools have the least access to critical STEM resources, experiences, and classes. Strategies to help these schools are more crucial than ever.

Will Elementary Science Remain the Forgotten Stepchild of School Reform? (Infographics) (May 2017) – Elementary school children are on a starvation diet of thin and infrequent science instruction. State policies can help change that.

Will we Make Time for Science and Engineering in our Elementary Schools? (Infographics) (March 2017) – Elementary schools in states that adopted Next Generation Science Standards are spending more time on engineering–but only if they devote class time to science.

Engineering Gains Ground in K-12 Schools (Infographics) (February 2017) – New data show that efforts to make engineering part of the K-12 curriculum are beginning to pay off, especially in states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.

High Schoolers Lack Access to Statistics Courses (Infographics) (September 2016) – Big data is big news, yet limited access to high school statistics courses could create a shortage of talent for jobs in this fast-growing field.

Bridging the Computer Science Access Gap (Infographics) (August 2016) – New data reveal how little access U.S. high schoolers have to computer science courses. Fortunately, there are signs of change.

Students on STEM (brief and infographic) (June 2016) – A new survey of American teenagers reveals how we can better engage students in science — both in and out of the classroom.

Left to Chance (May 2016) – Millions of American youth spend precious little time tinkering, troubleshooting, or doing the kinds of hands-on problem-solving that are at the heart of technology and engineering.

The Hidden Half (December 2015) – About twice as many people as we thought use computers in complex ways on the job. Advanced computer skills are more critical than ever.

Talent Hidden in Plain Sight: Addressing the Gaps in Computer Science (blog post) (December 2015) – Consider the enormous price our nation pays in lost innovation and economic growth by leaving so much potential talent on the table.

Does Not Compute (June 2015) – U.S. millennials aren’t tech savvy, and their low skills are costing them dearly. Top STEM education programs offer lessons for helping the next generation.

Solving the Diversity Dilemma (February 2015) – New data show we’ve made no progress in diversifying the STEM workforce, but business leadership offers hope.

Solving the STEM Skills Gap: CEOs weigh in (December 2014) – Businesses can’t find people with the STEM knowledge and skills they need, according to a new survey of CEOs.

STEM Springboard: New STEM grads get ahead (September 2014) – Not only are STEM graduates more likely to land jobs soon after they graduate, those jobs pay more and make better use of their skills.

Engineering Emergency (brief and infographic) (February 2014) – K-12 schools put few students of color on a pathway to rewarding engineering careers.

INFOGRAPHIC: Science S.O.S. (January 2014) – What is the state of science education in the U.S.?

 PUBLISHED: December 6, 2017

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