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Competing Explanations of Undergraduate Noncompletion
Attawell & Heil, 2011
This study analyzed longitudinal data to test and compare several theoretical explanations of college degree attainment and noncompletion in two-year and four-year institutions.

STEM Education in Washington:  The Facts of the Matter
Lazowska, 2011
PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation about STEM careers and education in Washington State.

STEM: Executive Summary (15 pages)
STEM: Full Report (112 pages)
STEM: Washington State Report

Carnevale, Smith, & Melton, 2011
Funded by Lumina and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce undertook the creation of this report to help advance the understanding of issues surrounding STEM.  For more up-to-date information on their research, and to access state reports for other states, please visit their website at:

Recommendations for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education:  Washington State
Milliken & Adams, 2010
A report prepared by the STEM Work Group for Governor Christine Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature.  The report presents twelve priority recommendations  focused in three areas:  improved teaching throughout K-12, deep and sustained commitment to STEM innovation throughout K-12, and ensuring strong community and business engagement for STEM education.  The report also presents definitions of STEM literacy.

Creating a College Going Culture Work Plan
Gering, 2011
Goals, principles, and strategic steps on how Spokane Public Schools will lead the state in college attainment. 

Massachesetts Statewide STEM Indicators Project (MASSIP)
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
The link above provides a summary of the STEM indicators used by MASSIP to monitor the STEM pipeline at the state level. Click the image to the left to view
the last full report from 2009.  It's interesting to note that MASSIP expanded the "traditional" STEM areas of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions and Clinical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physical Sciences by adding Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources, Architecture, and Engineering Technologies/Technicians and Science Technologies/Technicians.

Effects of High School Course-Taking on Secondary and
Postsecondary Success
Long, Conger, and Iatarola, 2012
Researchers from Washington State University conducted comprehensive multivariate analyses of high school student course-taking behavior as it relates
to high school and college success.  The study used the longitudinal educational data system (LEDS) from the state of Florida, referencing its completeness relative
to other LEDSs available in the United States to date.

Geographic Setting of Schools in Washington State
A Classification Based on Urban-Centric Locale

ERDC Research Brief 2010-04, December 2010
This brief provides a description of a proposed classification system that can be used to group high schools and districts for the purposes of research.  It is a modification of the systems used by the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.