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What Kind of Math Education Does Your Child's Teacher Have?

November 9, 2015

Sad to say, in the United States, fewer than one third of the eighth-graders have teachers who majored in mathematics!

Can you guess which state ranks lowest in this measure? Take our quiz:

Tags: math, teachers

Can Arizona Seize the Future?

October 13, 2015

At a meeting of Arizona business leaders and other funders last week, a small group of Phoenix-area students stole the show. They described how participating in some of the nation's best STEM education programs--such as Project Lead the Way, FIRST Robotics, and Engineering is Elementary--had sparked their passion for STEM and changed their lives.

Tags: STEMworks, jobs & workforce

What are the top and bottom five states for minorities in computing?

September 18, 2015

By now, it’s well known that our tech economy has a diversity problem. As tech jobs soar and the nation grows much more diverse, the scarcity of minorities in computing is raising fears of talent shortages and economic stagnation. Yet some states seem much closer than others to cracking the diversity code—and the winners of the tech diversity challenge are not the states we usually credit with driving the tech economy.

Tags: technology, minorities, Top 5

Redesigned Vital Signs: a Powerful Tool for Making Change

September 10, 2015

Since 2012, CTEq’s Vital Signs tool has been the go-to place for information and data on the state of STEM education where you live and work. But we’ve taken things up a notch. Today, we mark the launch of a much more powerful and user-friendly Vital Signs with rich new data, a beautiful new look, and—most important—a new focus on solutions to the many challenges in STEM education that the data highlights.

Tags: Vital Signs, STEMworks

Check Out Our New STEMworks Programs!

July 22, 2015

When we sent out a call for applications to STEMworks, our honor role of the nation's top STEM education programs, who knew we would end up with such an embarassement of riches? This year, eleven--count 'em, eleven--programs made it over our high bar. Roughly twice as many didn't, but we feel very lucky to promote this new bumper crop of programs that are changing young people's lives.

Tags: STEMworks

Does Not Compute: Millennials Aren't Tech Savvy

June 11, 2015

Just because millennials are glued to their tech devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well. They may know how to take selfies, surf the web, or keep up with their social networks, but "Does Not Compute," a new research brief we are releasing today, reveals that most have a hard time solving problems using technology. That’s bad news, because technology won’t add much to the human equation if we can’t use it to solve problems.

Tags: technology, jobs & workforce

Where are the young STEM workers?

February 27, 2015

If you’d rather not move into your parents’ basement after you finish college, a degree in a STEM subject like computing or engineering is a pretty good bet. CTEq research reveals that, between 2011 and 2014, unemployment among recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher in computing was just 4.5 percent. Among newly-minted engineers: only 2.2 percent.  In non-STEM fields, by contrast, unemployment for recent grads with bachelor’s or higher stood at 7.0 percent.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Top 5 Cities for New Science Jobs

February 2, 2015

Nationwide, jobs in science haven't seen the sharp decline followed by spectacular growth that has characterized, say, jobs in computing since 2001. Instead, they have made sober and steady gains, rising almost 16 percent since 2001 and five percent since 2009.

Some metro have seen far faster growth, however. If you're interested in a job in science, you might want to keep your eye on these five cities:

5. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh downtown

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, science

Kicking Off a Banner Year for STEMworks

January 27, 2015

2015 is off to a great start for STEMworks! STEMworks is growing to include more of the nation’s best STEM education programs; STEMworks programs are getting more funding to expand to new schools and districts; and a new partnership will expand the reach of STEMworks even farther. This will be a banner year in our work to ensure that every young person has access to the nation's best STEM education opportunities.

Tags: STEMworks

Top 5 Cities for Minorities in Computing

December 10, 2014

With Computer Science Education Week in full swing, it’s a good time to take stock of the future of computing in this country. Black, Latino, and Native Americans comprise 29 percent of the U.S. working-age population but only 15 percent of computer professionals. As the tech economy continues to skyrocket, and minorities head towards majority status by 2050, that’s a recipe for squandering human potential and slowing innovation.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, technology, computer science


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