Your Monthly News and Updates
As 2017 comes to an end, CNA Education is celebrating its success throughout the STEM research community. The December Education Update is dedicated to a look back at STEM accomplishments, tools and research.   This edition also spotlights a gap in individual-level postsecondary student data.
The Data Gap Dilemma
By Lul Tesfai, Senior Policy Director
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Education and the Workforce released the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, its proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA), the federal law that governs the administration of higher education programs.
Appalachia’s STEM Occupation Forecast: An Inside Perspective
 By Dr. Brittany Cunningham, Research Scientist & Rikesh Nana, Research Specialist
As technical and scientific innovation continue to drive the global economy, the cultivation of high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and training has become a pressing matter for the nation’s educators and policy makers. STEM education continues to be closely aligned to the nation’s economic prosperity and helps students develop necessary critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and employability skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, organization) to successfully enter the workforce.

Leveraging our CNA Education researchers’ knowledge of the Appalachia region, STEM, and labor market demands, our team identified the top five high-growth, high-wage STEM occupations between 2014 and 20204 in four states across the Appalachian region — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 
Leaks in the STEM Pipeline
CNA Education explored inequities in K–12 computer science education. Policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize computer science education as essential to supporting the development of students’ critical thinking skills and preparing them for in-demand jobs. Despite the increased focus on computer science education, large inequities in access to the discipline persist. Students who participate in computer science are disproportionately male and White or Asian. Meanwhile, young women, students of color, and low-income students are particularly underrepresented in Advanced Placement.

The M in STEM
CNA Education released STEM in the Appalachia Region: Eighth Grade Student Interest in Mathematics. Our research found that eighth-grade students in the Appalachian region reported interest in math.
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