Early Grades: STEM
While literacy has long led the early grades policy agenda, early
math skills also are vital to success in school. In fact, these
skills are more predictive of later achievement than early
literacy or social development. Math skills are only part of a
broader developmental equation. National attention has recently
shifted to a set of competencies that economists project as key
to future careers — science, technology, engineering and math.
States must ensure more students graduate from high school ready
for these critical jobs by promoting equitable access to
high-quality STEM learning.
The following studies highlight recent research on policy topics with nationwide applicability.