Iowa students, teachers benefit from STEM

STEM Scale-Up Program Evaluation
In 2017-2018, STEM Scale-Up Program participants scored an average of 2 points higher in National Percentile Rank in mathematics and reading and 3 points higher in science.

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently released the 2017-2018 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report. This independent evaluation measures the STEM Council’s progress toward increasing student interest and achievement in STEM education and workforce development in Iowa.

Highlights of the report include:

  • In 2017, 96 percent of Iowans said STEM education should be a priority in their local school district.
  • Students who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Programs, a menu of exemplary STEM programs available to teachers and students in Iowa, scored an average of 2 points higher in National Percentile Rank on the Iowa Assessments in mathematics and reading and 3 points higher in science.
  • Among educators taking part in the STEM Scale-Up Programs, 91 percent agreed or strongly agreed that they now have more confidence to teach STEM topics and have increased their STEM knowledge.
  • The percent of students who said they were very interested in someday working in Iowa was 45 percent of STEM Scale-Up Program participants compared to 36 percent of students statewide.
  • From 2012-2013 to 2016-2017, STEM post-secondary credentials (including certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and other awards) have increased 26 percent at Iowa’s four-year public universities, 20 percent at Iowa’s four-year private colleges and universities, and 2 percent at Iowa’s two-year community colleges.
  • Individuals in STEM occupations earned $27.58 in average hourly wages in 2016 and $57,357 in mean salaries, compared to all occupations overall earning $20.12 in average hourly wages and $41,843 in mean salaries.
  • More than half of all Iowans (59 percent) had heard of the STEM acronym in 2017. This is an increase of 10 percent compared to 2016 and more than double compared to 2012.

The Iowa STEM Evaluation Report is conducted by an inter-university consortium of Iowa State University's Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), the University of Iowa's Iowa Testing Programs and the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR).

To view the entire report, please visit http://IowaSTEM.gov/iowa-stem-evaluation.