Data-driven Impact in STEM

Our STEM by the Numbers report series offer statewide and region-by-region analyses of the need for STEM talent and opportunities for student success through STEM.

Data-driven Impact in STEM

Our STEM by the Numbers report series offer statewide and region-by-region analyses of the need for STEM talent and opportunities for student success through STEM.

Data, Measurement, and Learning

What gets measured gets done. Washington STEM provides data on student indicators and labor market projections that can tell us whether we, along with our partners, are closing opportunity gaps across the state.

Jump to the STEM by the Numbers reports
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Jump to the Labor Market and Credential Dashboard

Washington State Unemployment Comparison Beta Tool *NEW*

In mid-May, the Washington Employment Security Department (WESD) began releasing unemployment data to better gauge the impacts of COVID-19 on Washington’s economy. To make the data actionable for our partners, Washington STEM began analyzing the information.

Using WESD unemployment figures, micro-census data, and job & wage data, Washington STEM created a new tool that provides insight into the demographics of claims and the roles and industries more or less affected by unemployment and furloughs. Through this insight, it has become clear that STEM jobs are particularly insulated from volatility during these unprecedented times.

We’re pleased to release the beta version of our Washington State Unemployment Comparison tool. We will continue to develop and improve this tool, so please check back for regular updates.

Click here to launch the Washington State Unemployment Comparison Tool

Myths, Misinformation, and Upward Movement: Why Higher Education Matters

A Washington STEM White Paper

In recent years, there has been a growing sentiment among Washington leaders and educators that “not all students need to go to college” – implying, perhaps, that (some or most) students do not need a post-secondary credential – especially a bachelor’s degree – to be successful in Washington’s growing economy. Washington STEM aims to set the record straight: we need to support more students to be prepared for and to complete all types of postsecondary pathways – apprenticeships, certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

Read the executive summary and full white paper.

STEM by the Numbers: Regional Reports

Our annual STEM by the Numbers reports let us know if the system is supporting more students, especially students of color, students living in poverty and/or rural backgrounds, and young women, to be on track to attain high-demand credentials. Our Labor Market and Credential Data Dashboard indicate region-by-region, which jobs are in-demand, offer a family-sustaining wage, and what credentials are needed to obtain those jobs.

You can read the 2019 STEM by the Numbers Executive Summary here.

For sources and citations on this data and information, please refer to our STEM by the Numbers sources.

As of June 2019, we have made updates to all regional reports with the most current data available to provide the most accurate reflection of how our education systems are serving Washington students.

For a more detailed view of our regional analysis in Washington, explore the following reports:

For a more comprehensive analysis, please refer to the STEM by the Numbers technical document which contains the sources, methods, and additional analysis that Washington STEM used to develop the STEM by the Numbers regional reports. This document is much larger in size and may take longer to display.

How We’re Measuring Impact

Together with our partners, we advocate for and develop regionalized, cross-sector, and longitudinal data on 30 indicators to tell us which Washington students are able to earn credentials and access family-sustaining jobs. We currently highlight just four student outcome indicators, and in future publications, we will report on systems indicators, like high school course offerings and availability of STEM professional learning and supports.



What does the current and future STEM career landscape look like in Washington? Explore high-demand, family-sustaining STEM jobs by region and required credentials.

Step 1 | Click ‘Full Screen’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the dashboard.

Step 2 | Use the filters on the top of the dashboard to sort and narrow down the data.

Step 3 | Click “Revert” in the bottom left-hand corner to reset to default filter selections.

For additional instructions, please refer to our quick start guide.