Statistics show that Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the nation based on income-driven by the high student performance at the top end and poor student performance at the low end.
Connecticut’s future depends on its ability to boost student performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and close the achievement gap.
Can Connecticut compete?
- Only 40% of 4th grade students are proficient or higher in science*
- An alarming 34 % of 8th grade students are proficient or higher in science*
- Over 70 % of high school graduates require remedial math and reading prior to taking any degree courses
- Only 15 % of college students earn degrees in STEM areas compared to 50 % and higher overseas.
- 33 % of 18 – 24 year olds are enrolled in college
- Passing score for elementary licensure test is 16th percentile well below the average of all test takers (50th percentile)
- 93 % of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught the physical sciences by a teacher without a degree or certificate in the physical sciences
Connecticut can compete if we ensure that all students, teachers and adults have access to high quality education, particularly in STEM areas.
- Click to learn more about the CT STEM Vital Signs
- Understand High School Graduation Rates in CT
- Join the debate on how to change the state of STEM education in CT
*Estimates based on 2009 U.S. Census data