STEM Degree Attainment Still a Work in Progress

STEM Degree Attainment Still a Work in Progress, According to High School Benchmarks 2016 Report

by | Nov 14, 2016 | Clearinghouse News, Research Services |

Even though the U.S. Department of Commerce projects that STEM occupations will have higher job growth and future earnings than non-STEM occupations, STEM degree attainment is still a work in progress.

According to the recent High School Benchmarks 2016 Report: National College Progression Rates, 15 percent of students from higher-income schools and seven percent of students from low-income schools, completed STEM degrees within six years of high school graduation. Meanwhile, 16 percent of students from low-minority high schools completed a STEM degree within six years, compared to nine percent of students from high-minority schools.

The majority of STEM degrees for students from both low-income (55 percent) and high-minority (53 percent) high schools are awarded in either psychology or the social sciences, compared to 45 percent for those from higher income and low minority schools. Students from higher-income and low-minority schools who completed STEM degrees were more likely to do so in physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and biological and agricultural sciences.

STEM collage completion rates

College Completion Rates Six Years after High School Graduation, STEM Field of Study, Class of 2009, Public Non-Charter Schools

The High School Benchmarks Report allows schools participating in the Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® for High Schools service to compare their graduates’ college transition rates to national benchmarks, including those for schools serving low income and minority students.

If you are a StudentTracker for High Schools user, watch the recording of our webinar, “Comparing Your School to the High School Benchmarks Report.” You will gain an overview of how to read and compare your high school’s StudentTracker reporters to the National Benchmarks Report.

If you are a StudentTracker for High Schools user, watch the recording of our webinar, “Comparing Your School to the High School Benchmarks Report.”

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