Education & Workforce

A high-quality workforce is essential to growing and sustaining Oklahoma’s economy. A robust workforce requires strong elementary, secondary and higher education systems, as well as effective career training programs. The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation delves into our state’s educational and workforce models, outcomes and funding to identify evidence-based approaches for strengthening Oklahoma’s current and future workforce.



Issue Brief: STEM Education in Oklahoma

Issue Brief: STEM Education in Oklahoma

November 19, 2018

The demand for STEM talent in Oklahoma is growing. Between 2017 and 2027, Oklahoma jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields are expected to grow by 8%, but Oklahoma business leaders currently cannot find the STEM talent they need to stay competitive. One reason for the lack of talent is Oklahoma students’ relatively poor performance in K-12 math and science. These struggles with STEM subjects don’t end in high school. Oklahoma loses STEM talent at every level of the education system.

Visualizing Oklahoma: NAEP Scores

Visualizing Oklahoma: NAEP Scores

May 10, 2018

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a national survey of student achievement conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education. A representative sample of fourth and eighth graders are tested annually in the subjects of math and reading in each of the fifty states. Known as “the nation’s report card”, NAEP scores gauge student performance in the nation as a whole, as well as comparing performance among the states.