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There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago


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A study by the American Educational Research Association found the population of female instructors in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and math classes in public schools has grown significantly in the past 20 years.

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The population of female instructors in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes in public schools has grown significantly in the past 20 years, and these teachers are no more likely to leave their jobs than other educators under most circumstances, according to a study from the American Educational Research Association.

The proportion of U.S. STEM teachers that are female rose from 43% in 1988 to 64% in 2012, while the percentage of Hispanic STEM teachers increased from 2% to 6% over the same period.

Meanwhile, the Asian STEM teacher population grew from 1% to 3% of the total from 1988 to 2012, while the percentage of African American STEM teachers held steady during that period at 6% .

The U.S. STEM teaching field has also become more qualified, the report found, with instructors increasingly likely to have a graduate degree and to have majored or been certified in a STEM field.

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