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STEM Course-taking Among High School Graduates, 1990-2005


"Student preparation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is essential to strengthening U.S. scientific and technical expertise and global competitiveness. High school graduates earned more STEM credits in 2005 than in 1990, an increase seen for both males and females, across racial/ethnic groups, and in all types of communities.

This MPR Research Brief uses data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study (HSTS) to examine student coursetaking in STEM subjects during high school. It compares STEM coursetaking among the 2005 HSTS cohort, the most recent data currently available, with that of the 1990 and 2000 HSTS cohorts. The brief discusses average credits earned in three broad STEM categories and the percentage of graduates who earned credits in 12 specific STEM courses for all graduates and by gender, race/ethnicity, and community type."