Statewide survey: math and science skills help students, economy

March 19, 2013

By Staff

Over 90 percent of Washington voters think students will have more opportunities if they have strong science, technology, engineering and math skills, according to a statewide survey released Feb. 20 by the nonprofit organization Washington STEM.

The poll also found that three out of four survey responders believe computer science classes should count as a high school math or science credit.

“Washingtonians want their kids to learn the science, technology, engineering and math skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future,” said Patrick D’Amelio, chief executive officer of Washington STEM. “They know that STEM education supports and drives our economy.”

The statewide survey of 600 Washington state voters was conducted by Strategies 360 from Jan. 24-31; it has a margin of error of 4 percent.

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