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GAO-18-290: STEM Education: Actions Needed to Better Assess the Federal Investment

Posted on March 26, 2018 - 9:28 AM CDT

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On March 23, 2018, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the third in its series on Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education investments, Actions Needed to Better Assess the Federal Investment, in the context of the America COMPETES Act (2007) and The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Why GAO Did The 2018 Study

Education programs in STEM fields are intended to enhance the nation's global competitiveness. GAO reported in 2012 that there were more than 200 federal STEM education programs in fiscal year 2010. Since then, this portfolio of programs has changed. GAO was asked to review the landscape of federal STEM education programs.

This report examines (1) how the federal investment in STEM education programs changed from 2010 to 2016, and (2) the extent to which the STEM education portfolio has been assessed. To answer these questions, GAO administered a web-based questionnaire to all federal STEM education programs funded in fiscal year 2016 and analyzed the results. GAO also reviewed relevant federal laws and agency documents, examined the implementation of relevant assessment requirements, and interviewed officials from relevant federal agencies.

Download the 2018 Report at:

Titles and Links GAO’s earlier STEM Education reports:

Strategic Planning Needed to Better Manage Overlapping Programs across Multiple Agencies GAO-12-108: Published: Jan 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.

Assessing the Relationship between Education and the Workforce GAO-14-374: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014