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Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 9–25 | Cite as

STEM Performance and Supply: Assessing the Evidence for Education Policy

  • Hal SalzmanEmail author
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly
Article

Abstract

The relationship between education policy and workforce policy has long been uneasy. It is widely believed in many quarters of American society that the U.S. education system is in decline and, what’s more, that it bears significant responsibility for a wide range of social ills, including stagnant wages, increasing inequality, high unemployment, and overall economic lethargy. However, as analyzed in this paper, the preponderance of evidence suggests that the U.S. education system has produced ample supplies of students to respond to STEM labor market demand. The “pipeline” of STEM-potential students is similarly strong and expanding.

Keywords

STEM workforce STEM education STEM policy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors appreciate fine research assistance provided by Daniyal Rahim, contributions to this analysis and the research on math education by Daniel Douglas, suggested improvements by Greg Camilli and Uri Treisman, and support by the Sloan Foundation, and Michael Teitelbaum and Danny Goroff.

Funding

Salzman has received funding for this research from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Grant No. 2012-6-13 and G-2016-7310.

Benderly has received funding for this research from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Grant No. G-2016-7310.

Funding for this research came from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Grant No. 2012-6-13 and G-2016-7310.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.E.J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, J.J. Heldrich Center for Workforce DevelopmentRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.J.J. Heldrich Center for Workforce DevelopmentRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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