We must ensure that all of Washington’s students have access to an education that will prepare them for success in our economy.
We want all of Washington’s students to be competitive candidates for careers in our growing economy. That economy relies on industries that increasingly need employees highly skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By focusing on STEM, our schools can teach students the skills and knowledge they need to be successful and build careers. In particular, this means starting science and math education earlier in a student’s education and encouraging more rigorous coursework.
Yet, despite recent efforts to focus on STEM subjects in schools, this year fewer students enrolled in Algebra I in 8th grade and more students needed math remediation after graduating from high school. Further, some of the state’s largest achievement gaps persist in science and math courses. We must continue to work to provide all students with the knowledge and skills that will lead to success in Washington’s workforce.
- Increase the number of 8th graders enrolling in Algebra I or higher.
- Improve integration of science concepts in elementary and middle school.
- Ensure that resources are available for increased teacher professional development in STEM subjects, and encourage more STEM-focused training programs at colleges of education.