Publication date: October 2017
Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) offer excellent career prospects, with workers in high demand and wages that average 26 percent higher than non-STEM jobs. Hispanic adults, however, are underrepresented in these desirable jobs as well as among students earning four-year college degrees in STEM fields.
In Texas, where about half of K–12 students are Hispanic, educators are working to increase Hispanic representation in STEM fields. In line with this effort, REL Southwest examined Texas high school students’ access to and completion of advanced STEM courses, with a focus on Hispanic students.
These findings show that on average, Hispanic students in Texas have equal, if not greater, access to advanced STEM courses in high school. However, efforts are needed to boost Hispanic students’ completion of these courses and to understand why even the highest achieving Hispanic students take fewer advanced STEM courses than their White peers. This study serves as a baseline by which to compare future advanced STEM coursetaking in Texas high schools.
Research alliance sponsor: Texas Hispanic STEM
Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest at SEDL • 4700 Mueller Blvd. • Austin, TX 78723 • 800-476-6861 • firstname.lastname@example.org