America, we have a problem
We need to engage students in science, technology, engineering & math


According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career.

The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations. In our competitive global economy, this situation is unacceptable.” Yet K-12 and higher education educators face many challenges as they try to not only get students excited about STEM, but also increase student achievement in these crucial disciplines.

As a nation, we have growing issues in the STEM disciplines, specifically in college readiness and career readiness. We have an increasing gender gap as well as an underrepresentation of minorities. Retention issues are on the rise and we have a greater need to graduate more computer scientists than ever before.

Learn what Pearson is doing to help address these issues

By the Numbers


STEM jobs are expected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 & 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs.*


STEM employment is projected to grow about 13% between 2012 and 2022. This is faster than the 11% rate of growth projected for all occupations.*


16% of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.**


45% of U.S. high school graduates are ready for college work in math, and 36% in science.

If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.

Neil Degrasse Tyson