The STEM Challenge

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  • ADDITIONAL NOTE: STEM IS MORE THAN JUST SCIENCE & MATH - RECENT DIGITAL LEARNING NOW SCORECARD RANKED CA 50TH, DESPITE HAVING THE WORLD’S LEADING TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEMSO WHAT IS CSLNET FOCUSING ON TO ADDRESS THESE MASSIVE CHALLENGES?
  • The STEM Challenge

    1. 1. CSLNet Mission
    2. 2. Key Challenges and Barriers Demand: Shortage of qualified STEM workers and an aging STEM workforce Supply: California’s education system trails the nation in STEM Fiscal constraints: More than $23B cut from K-12 alone
    3. 3. CA Trails the Nation in STEM Low Achievement  CA ranks 45th or below in Math and Science Achievement  CA ranks 50th on Digital Learning Score Card Fiscal Constraints  CA ranks 47th in Student Funding Per Pupil STEM Teaching Workforce  Declining enrollment and fewer in-service teachers with STEM majors than other states
    4. 4. California’s Leaky STEM Pipeline 9th Graders Fact: Of a half million 9th graders, only 4% earn a STEM Bachelor’s Degree H.S. Graduates College Ready Graduates with STEM Degree = 21,136 Of 499,905 9th graders Of 355,725 High School Of these college ready Of these students majoring in enrolled in 2001, only Graduates in 2005, students, only STEM, only 21,136 go on to 355,725 or 70% go on only 165,380 or 53,226 or 21% earn STEM degrees by 2011 to graduate high school 53% are college ready major in STEMSOURCE: California Department of Education, DataQuest: California Postsecondary Education Commission, Custom Data Reports. California PostsecondaryEducation Commission, Custom Data Reports 7
    5. 5. Ethnic Minorities Underrepresentedin STEM Degrees
    6. 6. Is STEM Education an Issue inCalifornia? STEM Related Degrees Awarded in California by Ethnicity and Residential Status, 2009 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% California Associates Total Bachelors Population Masters Doctorate Asian, Pacific Islander, Filipino African American Hispanic, Latino Native American Other, Unknown WhiteSOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey. California Postsecondary EducationCommission, Custom Data Reports. California Postsecondary Education Commission, Custom Data Reports
    7. 7. The Gender STEM Issue inCalifornia STEM Related Degrees Awarded in California by Gender, 2009 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Total CA Pop Associates (n=4,921) Bachelors (n=26,826) Masters (n=10,344) Doctorate (n=3,160) Female MaleSOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey. California Postsecondary EducationCommission, Custom Data Reports. California Postsecondary Education Commission, Custom Data Reports
    8. 8. Relationship Between STEMEducation & California’s Economy  As California’s economy is becoming more knowledge- based, STEM employment is increasing at a faster rate than non-STEM employment  Between 1999-2007, o STEM employment increased by 25% o Non-STEM employment increased by only 16%SOURCE: The Campaign for College Opportunity. Technical Difficulties: Meeting California’s Workforce Needs inScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields Executive Summary. (2009)
    9. 9. Academic Expectations Much smaller percentages of California students were proficient on NAEP than on California state tests. 70% 66%Percentage (%) of students 60% 2009 State Assessment performing at or above 50% proficient 40% 2009 National 30% 30% Assessment (NAEP) 30% 23% 20% 10% 0% 4th Grade Math 8th Grade Math Source, NAEP, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2009. Paul Peterson, “State Standards Rise in Reading, Fall in Math,” Education Next, fall 2010.
    10. 10. How Large are Achievement GapsAmong Demographic Groups? 2009 NAEP: Percentage of California Students at or Above Proficient 60% 51% 50% 41% 39% 38% 40% 30% White Hispanic 20% 14% 13% Black 11% 10% 10% 8% 9% 7% 8% 0% 4th Grade Math 8th Grade Math 4th Grade 8th Grade Science Science Source, NAEP, 2009.
    11. 11. What % of Students Take AdvancedPlacement Tests in Math and Science?14% 13% 12%12% Percentage of seniors 10% 10% leaving high school10% having taken an AP 8% 8% exam 6% 6% 6% 5% Percentage of seniors 4% leaving high school 2% scoring 3 or more on those exams 0% CA Math U.S. Math CA Science U.S. ScienceSource: College Board, AP Report to the Nation, 2011. Data for class 2010.

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