Each year, we combine the data reported by the Ohio Department of Education with surveys of Ohio’s STEM and STEAM designated schools. This provides a detailed picture of Ohio’s growing and diverse community of schools. In each of these 69 schools, students experience a model that pairs career preparation with innovative teaching, college credits, industry credentials, and local business needs.
Here are just a few of the key highlights from this year’s report. Inside Ohio’s STEM/STEAM schools:
- Students earned more than 22,000 college credits, saving them more than $8.5 million in estimated tuition costs.
- Students logged more than 111,000 hours in internships, putting their academic lessons into today’s business world.
- Despite enrolling representative levels of ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged students, these schools beat the state average on critical tests like graduation rate (93%) and ACT score (20.4).
Additionally, through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, these schools are connected to each other and to national resources. This year, those supports include our #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge, computer science professional development programs, the Innovative Leaders Institute, and soon, the Manufacturing and Engineering Externship Program.