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ACT: Student Interest in STEM Remains Steady for 2014 Graduates

Of the ACT-tested graduates in 2014, about half, nearly 900,000, had an interest in STEM, according to the ACT’s annual report on educational progress in the context of STEM. Although the percentage of students interested in STEM overall has remained steady for the past five years, it doesn’t necessarily mean STEM isn’t gaining traction among high school students.

According to the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the numbers of students taking the ACT has risen steadily over the last 13 years. A deeper dive into the data shows that while math and science scores have remained mostly flat for all racial groups and for males, math scores for female students have gone up slightly.