Iowa STEM Evaluation Report - Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

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2015-2016

Iowa STEM Evaluation Report

KEY INDICATORS FOR STEM IN IOWA STEM JOB DEMAND STEM INTEREST

In 2014-2015, there were an estimated 8,744 vacancies in STEM jobs statewide. Approximately 15% of Iowa’s occupations are in STEM fields.

From 2012 to 2015, the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses in STEM-related subjects increased from 4,968 to 6,067, as well as the number of students who qualified to receive college credit from these courses. ACT says 55% of students aspire to a STEM bachelor’s degree compared to 49% five years ago.

The biggest proportional increase in educational intent from 2011 to 2015 of those interested in STEM was among students who were African American, among whom 38% aspired to a bachelor’s degree in 2011 to 47% in 2014, and from 46% of Hispanic students in 2011 to 55% in 2015. The number of females graduating with degrees in STEM fields at Iowa’s 4-year public universities has increased 16% from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014.

In 2015-2016, 596 candidates with a STEM-related teaching endorsement were reported. This number represents an 8% increase from 2014-2015 and a 21% increase from 2011-2012.

STEM EDUCATORS Evaluation Summary, Page 1

80% of the high school teachers in STEM subjects from 2014-2015 returned for a second year of teaching, which is the highest two-year retention rate of second year teachers as compared to any of the four years of cohorts preceding them.

On the Iowa Assessments, students who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Program scored higher than students statewide with an average of 7 percentage points higher in National Percentile Rank in mathematics, 6 higher in science and 4 higher in reading. Mathematics

Science

75%

70% 62%

Grades 3-5

68%

62%

Grades 6-8

64%

Grades 9-11

74%

74%

71%

67%

Reading

Grades 3-5

69%

Grades 6-8

STEM Scale-Up Program Students

69%

67%

64%

Grades 9-11

Grades 3-5

70%

72% 66%

Grades 6-8

68%

Grades 9-11

All Students Statewide

AND, minority students who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Program scored an average of 10 percentage points higher in National Percentile Rank in mathematics and 8 points higher in science compared to minority students who had not participated.

A higher percentage of students who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Program said, “I like it a lot,” (Grades 3-5) or were very interested (Grades 6-12) in STEM subjects and in pursuing a STEM career as well as in working in Iowa after graduation compared to all students statewide. 60%

55% 50%

47%

45%

42%

38%

34%

Science

Technology

Engineering

STEM Scale-Up Program Students

45%

41%

STEM Career

81%

have increased their knowledge of STEM topics.

73%

have learned effective methods for teaching in STEM content areas.

78%

have more confidence to teach STEM content.

74%

are better prepared to answer students’ STEM-related questions.

39%

30%

Mathematics

STEM SCALE-UP PROGRAM EDUCATORS

Working in Iowa

All Students Statewide Evaluation Summary, Page 2

STEM BEST® and STEM RLE $115,000 from STEM Corporate Partners

$185,000 from the STEM Council

$300,000 awarded at $25,000 each to 3 STEM BEST® and 9 STEM RLE models.

Cost-shared $139,000

Cost-shared $408,000