STEAM addresses the Ozarks crisis situation
A majority of the Ozarks 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 eight-grade students have declined in national assessments, ranking Missouri below thirty-four other states (Source: national Center for Educational Statistics).
In 2013, 54.1 percent of Missouri's Algebra II students scored at proficient or advanced in math, down 2% from 2012. And from 55.1% in 2012 to 74.7 % in 2013- Biology End of Course tested at proficient or advances in science (Source: DESE School Accountability Report Card 2013).
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).
According to 2013 data from the Department of Economic Development- Missouri Economic Research & Information Center, 34% of job openings in 2012/2013 in Missouri
were STEM related occupations. It is projected that we will see an 11.1% increase for science-intensive jobs in our state by 2018. Here’s the question- Where will we get the workforce to supply these jobs and what will we do to make sure our students are prepared? Already we are behind in producing the amount of students in STEM needed
to meet the current demands. If you look at our high school Missouri Assessment Program scores- only 28% meet all four ACT college readiness benchmarks (72% English, 49%reading, 45% math, and 41% science). In the Ozarks region alone the Biology End of Course Test ranges from 42%- 87%.