Over 80 educators, business leaders, and foundation representatives joined Minnesota Compass researchers to explore STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) benchmarks and measures and to participate in a discussion led by Doug Paulson, Minnesota Department of Education, to move research to action.
by Compass Researcher Allison Liuzzi highlighted three stories about Minnesota's future workforce that emerge from the data. The first story, around STEM employment looked at Minnesota’s STEM workforce projections and compared them with the number of degrees and certifications awarded in STEM occupations to see how closely they aligned. The second story highlighted racial gaps, and where they are found along the STEM cradle-to-career continuum. Of particular interest in this story is that there are much wider racial gaps in achievement levels than interest levels. The final story centered on gender gaps, with Allison noting the gaps are small along most of the continuum, but do emerge with career choices.
Additional "stakeholder stories" from Joe Alfano, Minneapolis Public Schools; Lisa Schlosser, Thomson Reuters; Anne Hornickel, SciMath Mn; helped inform the interactive discussion.