STEMtistics

CTEq provides research and information to help you make the case for STEM learning and literacy. 

Check out CTEq’s STEMtistics on a variety of topics (from girls in STEM to jobs and the workforce to minorities in engineering, and more!) for research and data to guide the STEM conversation.

Falling through the cracks

Among students who enrolled in STEM fields in 2003/04, 35.1% attained a STEM degree as of 2009. 5.7 percent remained enrolled in a STEM field and 8.9 percent were enrolled in a non-STEM field. 28.7 percent left postsecondary education without a degree.

Source: Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Washington, DC: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, February 2012,

Tags: STEM degrees, higher education

93 percent more

Ninety-three percent more high school students took Advanced Placement tests in math and science in 2013 than in 2003.

Source: CTEq Analysis of the College Board's 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, 2014. 

Tags: K-12, math, science

Less than half

As measured by their ACT scores, less than half of American students are ready for college-level math when they graduate high school. The ACT sets the bar for college-ready in math at a score of 22. However, the average score is 20.9. Only 45 percent of test-takers are ready.

Source: ACT, 2013.

Tags: K-12, math, standards, Vital Signs

Down in the ranks

The United States ranks behind 26 other countries in the share of college students who get undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.

Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Education at a Glance 2009: OECD Indicators, Table A-3.5.

Tags: STEM degrees, higher education

Confidence vs Preparation

In a 2010 survey sponsored by Intel, 85 percent of teens age 13 to 18 said they were "very or somewhat confident in math and science in school." Yet only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30 percent were ready in science. In an international exam given to 15 year olds in 2009, U.S. high school students ranked significantly behind 12 industrialized nations in science and 17 in math. Students in only 9 industrialized nations scored lower in science, and students in only four scored lower in math.

Sources: Math and Science Confidence Study (PDF), a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens conducted between September 24 and 28, 2010 by Penn Schoen Berland for Intel. ACT, Inc.;The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2011, Iowa City, IA: ACT, Inc, 2011.

Tags: math, K-12, higher education

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