Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition Fact Sheet
What is the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition?
The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition connects business, education, government and community stakeholders working to ensure Missouri citizens are equipped with knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to prosper in a global economy.
Why is STEM important?
Studies indicate that American fourth-grade students score high in math and science when compared to their global peers, but by twelfth-grade our students score at the bottom. Missouri students mirror this statistic which leaves many of our students losing interest in these subjects and less prepared to enter the global workforce. 
What can STEM do for Missouri?

STEM strengthens our economic well-being.
  • Earning power: On average, recent STEM college graduates earn 18% more than their counterparts in non-STEM fields (Source: DHE administrative records and DOLIR wage records - Quarter 2, 2005).
  • Job force: In the life sciences industry alone, 2,100 firms employ 183,000 Missourians (Source: MERIC 2004).
  • Economic well-being: STEM based industries accounted for three-quarters of Missouri’s $10.6 billion in products and services exported in 2005 (Source: WISER and MERIC).

STEM addresses Missouri’s crisis situation.

  • A majority of Missouri’s students do not possess a basic knowledge of math and science.
    • Missouri fourth-grade students’ math skills rank in the bottom third nationally (Source: National Center for Educational Statistics).
    • Math scores of eighth-grade students have declined in national assessments, ranking Missouri below 34 other states (Source: National Center for Educational Statistics).
    • In 2005, only 17 percent of Missouri’s tenth-grade students scored at proficient or advanced in math. Only eight percent tested at proficient or advanced in science (Source: DESE School Accountability Report Card 2005).
  • As a result, the need for post-secondary remediation in math has increased significantly in recent years. In 2004, more than 30 percent of first-time college freshman were enrolled in remedial math classes at Missouri’s public institutions (Source: MERIC analysis of DHE, EMAS data).

STEM improves our ability to compete globally.

  • The U.S. talent pool is not positioned to compete internationally. American students earn proportionately fewer degrees in STEM-related fields than students in other industrialized nations (Source: DHE administration records and DOLIR wage records - Quarter 2, 2005).
  • "For anyone concerned about strengthening America’s long-term leadership in science and technology, the nation’s schools are an obvious place to start. But brace yourself for what you’ll find. The depressing reality is that when it comes to educating the next generation in these subjects, America is no longer a world contender. In fact, U.S. students have fallen far behind their competitors in much of Western Europe and in Asian nations like Japan and South Korea." (BusinessWeek Online, March 16, 2004)

STEM creates opportunity for Missourians.

  • The current advancement in technology and modernity has come, in large part, from the creation and discovery of new knowledge. Missouri institutions have a huge role to play in this respect. The creation and discovery of new knowledge requires a workforce prepared and skilled in science and mathematics at all levels.




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