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  • In 2019, just 41% of US 4th graders were rated at or above proficient in a national mathematics assessment (NAEP), and nearly 2 in 10 scored below the basic level.
  • Only 39% of US high school graduates in 2019 met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in mathematics and 36% in science.
  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 10.5% from 2020 to 2030, compared to 7.5% growth for non-STEM occupations.

2019 United States Student Statistics

4th Grade Math Proficiency 41%
4th Grade Below Basic Level Math 19%
High School Graduates Not Meeting the ACT STEM Benchmark 80%
High School Graduates Not Meeting the ACT Math Benchmark 61%
High School Graduates Not Meeting the ACT Science Benchmark 64%

2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
National ACT - The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2019
ACT Newsroom & Blog on October 30, 2019
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on September 8, 2021