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Goals for U.S. STEM Education
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... Moreover, because they are broad long-term goals for STEM education in the United States, numerous intermediate goals are encompassed in and central to all of them. Among others, the intermediate goals include learning STEM content and practices, developing positive dispositions toward STEM, and preparing students to be lifelong learners.14 GOAL 1: Expand the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women and minorities in those fields.
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... economy to increase the number of people who are prepared for STEM-related careers, such as being K-12 teachers in the STEM disciplines, medical assistants, nurses, and computer and green energy technicians.20 These careers generally require vocational certification with specialized STEM knowledge, an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree with a major in a STEM field.21 The current demand for STEM-capable workers surpasses the supply of applicants who have trained for those careers. Moreover, 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related, but only 4 of them require an advanced degree.22 Given these unmet needs for a STEM-capable workforce, the nation's economic future depends on preparing more K-12 students to enter these fields.

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