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.

NGA Center STEM Activities

The NGA Center currently supports governors in advancing state STEM education policy agendas. Over the last two years, the NGA Center has supported six states - Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - in advancing state STEM education policy agendas. A central premise of this work is the implementation of a STEM Center model connected to a regional and state-level infrastructure.

The NGA Center expanded the STEM Network to include a total of 33 states. Participation is open to all states. Through this network, governors' key policy staff share best practices, lessons learned and have access to a number of NGA Center resources including the NGA Center STEM E-Portal and sponsorship to attend national and state meetings focused on strengthening STEM education. 

STEM work within the NGA Center was initiated through the Innovation America initiative.

NGA Center Resources