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PARTNER RESEARCH
The National Cyber Security Alliance, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Girls Collaborative Project, National PTA, and Student Research Foundation formed the Research Consortium on Digital Safety & Cyber Security Careers to explore parents’ awareness of (1) family digital safety practices, and (2) the variety of Cyber Security career opportunities available to students.  Parents of middle- and high-school students were surveyed digitally on these topics.  Our first release is this infographic on parents’ perceptions of Cyber Security careers, and of the communication that does (or does not) happen with students about the growing opportunities in this field.  Watch for more information to come from this project, which will help spur conversation among students, parents, educators, counselors, and professionals in the field.

The National Association of Biology Teachers, SkillsUSA, and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) collaborated to form the Research Consortium on Health/Science Careers. The goal of the consortium was to learn more about high school students’ perspectives on health and science careers. Through a national survey of high school students in health and science classes, the consortium found: the majority of high school students said their science studies would be “extremely or very important” to their future careers, and over half said they have considered pursing a Health Career, a growing field.

For more findings and to download the infographic, click here.

Destination Imagination, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, National Girls Collaborative, and the Educational Research Center of America formed the Research Consortium on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Pathways to help spark a dialogue among students, parents, and educators about students’ career paths. The Consortium identified opportunities, challenges, and promising practices for leveraging equity to meet STEM workforce needs and pave the way for students’ careers.

A national survey of high school students in STEM classes was conducted in Spring 2015. Data from student respondents, and from related research, suggests that equity efforts can strategically increase the STEM workforce and help students realize their full potential.

Download the Infographic and Full Report.

The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with SkillsUSA and the Educational Research Center of America, produced a survey to identify the characteristics of experiences that impact student career choices. The purpose of the survey is to inspire dialogue between parents, educators, counselors and students, with the goal of better aligning programs and services with students’ needs and preparing them for careers ahead.

The study provides insight into students’ perceptions of the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) preparation and influences on career choices. The findings serve to inform industry-driven strategies to attract the next generation workforce.

Download the report here.

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), America’s Promise Alliance, SkillsUSA, and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) are collaborating on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of career paths and 21st Century Skills.  All young people need an effective education that prepares them for work and for life. Renewed national attention is focused on preparing students for dynamic, productive roles in the workforce and society as the pace of change accelerates. This includes mastering not only key subjects, like reading, writing, and math, but also 21st Century Skills — creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration– that help them become useful, productive citizens.  Watch for results of this study in 2017.
RESEARCH
ERCA conducts surveys of students in high schools throughout the U.S.  Based on students’ responses to these voluntary surveys, we generate ERCA’s Annual Secondary School Survey Report. This report contains information about students’ interests, activities, educational goals, and career aspirations. Results of these surveys have been demonstrated to be of use to students, their parents, teachers, and counselors, when preparing for their future.
We are grateful to the educators who help us facilitate students’ exploration of options for their future education and careers by distributing the ERCA Secondary School Student Survey in their classrooms.

You may request past ERCA Survey Reports by contacting us.