Economic growth in the 21st century will be driven by our nation's ability to both generate ideas and translate them into innovative products and services. Improving high school graduation rates and ensuring that all students are ready for college and the workforce is vital to states' ability to compete in the global economy. State leaders increasingly view science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) achievement as a critical component of success in college, career and life.

STEM education for all students is linked to our nation's future prosperity, but we are failing to prepare students with the basic building blocks they need to be successful in postsecondary and workforce pathways.

Governors are in a unique position to advance comprehensive STEM education policy agendas aligned with workforce expectations that will ultimately aid state economic growth. Governors can elevate the urgency and build the political will to advance STEM education and use budgetary and policy levers to make meaningful changes across education systems.