The Research Consortium on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Career Pathways conducted a national survey of 7,325 high school students in STEM classes during Spring 2015. This report from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) draws on results from that survey to profile equity issues in high school STEM classes. The survey finds that, to attract and retain females in STEM pathways, more work is needed to boost career confidence and increase career aspirations for these non-traditional students. Racial and ethnic groups, however, require structural changes to improve the quality and availability of strong STEM programs. This report reviews survey data and offers strategies to address equity issues in STEM.
STEM: Classroom to Career: Opportunities to Close the Gap