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john edelson said: Is there an input in the system for the quality of the curriculum used by the teachers? I ask since, as a digital curriculum developer, I passionately believe curriculum content and quality is a decisive factor. We have focused on the fact that by 4th grade, way too many US students are below grade level in science. Worse, students say that they don't like science and don't feel they are good at it. We think our approach, Science4Us, could move the needle by giving a strong foundation to students at a formative time. We would be thrilled to discuss it and our challenges. John founder

Ashante Abubakar said: this is a great tool. Is it possible to insert my own variables, i.e. low student recruitment numbers? What might be the policies that could impact and increase student recruitment.

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U.S. STEM Education Model

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The U.S. STEM Education Model allows users to simulate the impact of various scenarios designed to increase the number of students who pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and careers.

The model uses census data and standardized test scores to track the flow of students through the K-16 education system and into careers in STEM teaching or STEM industries. Many factors affect the number of students who ultimately pursue STEM careers. These factors are captured through a series of dynamic hypotheses and feedback loops that together determine the behavior of the system.

The U.S. STEM Education Model was originally developed by the Raytheon Company and contributed by the Raytheon Company to the Business-Higher Education Forum. For more information about the model, visit

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The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders who promote innovation and enhance U.S. global competitiveness. BHEF members work together and shape the national agenda for business and higher education through regional and national initiatives, convenings, and advocacy and research.