This morning, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Executive Director of the Governor's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council Jeff Weld, and Waukee second-grade teacher Heather Anderson, accompanied by five of her students, discussed results from the 2015-2016 independent evaluation that measures the success of the STEM Council's efforts to advance STEM education and economic development across Iowa.


Highlights of the 306-page Iowa STEM evaluation include:

  • Students who participated in the high-quality STEM education programs the council delivers to students statewide - called STEM Scale-Up Programs -  scored an average 7 percentage points higher in National Percentile Rank on the Iowa Assessments in mathematics, 6 percentage points higher in science and 4 percentage points higher in reading than peers.
  • The percent of students who said they were very interested in someday working in Iowa was 45 percent of STEM Scale-Up Program participants compared to 39 percent of students statewide.
  • Nine in 10 Iowans thought STEM education should be a priority in their local school districts, but only 46 percent said it actually is a priority.
  • 46 Corporate Partners contributed $559,239 in 2015-2016, a 20 percent increase in private investments over 2014-2015.

In addition to these council-driven gains, evaluators also found more students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) STEM courses, more females are pursuing STEM degrees at Iowa's four-year public universities, more high school teachers are earning a STEM endorsement and more students are aspiring to earn a STEM degree compared to five years ago.


To view the entire report, visit