Business leaders know technological innovation will bring the greatest investments and economic opportunities to Missouri. In fact, technological innovation currently accounts for half of all growth in the U.S. gross domestic product, according to statistics published in the data book, "Making Missouri a National Leader in Math, Engineering Technology and Science." To foster that innovation, Missouri needs more workers skilled in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 
What do statistics say about Missouri students and STEM?
While other statistics also show increasing investments worldwide in research and development, fewer numbers of American students than their international peers are studying fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

On the current track, students in Missouri will not be ready to compete for jobs in STEM-related fields. In fact, less than 20 percent of eighth and tenth-grade students scored at or above grade level in math on the Missouri Assessment of Progress in 2005. Only 8 percent of tenth-grade students scored at or above grade level in science on the statewide standardized test that year. Policy-makers involved in economic development and business leaders have said they cannot find qualified workers who understand math and science to staff new job facilities in the state.

What we can do to fix the problem?
The goal of the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition is to make Missouri a national leader in math and science education. These efforts could lead to a thriving economy in the state, a wealth of high-paying jobs and a skilled workforce to fill them. We encourage you to become involved in the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition to make this a reality in our state.
 
What are other businesses doing?
Many Missouri employers have taken an active role in providing resources and opportunities to advance STEM education in Missouri.

 
 

 

 

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  Conway High School

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