The Student Research Foundation is proud to bring together incredible organizations in an effort to provide insightful analysis and research to help keep teachers, parents and students informed of today’s trends.

Explore our research covering today’s high school students and their preferences and future career plans. We take deep dives into some of the hottest fields today including STEM, Health & Sciences, Technical Careers and the various skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century.

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Teacher Satisfaction Research

The nation faces a teacher shortage. Previous research shows dissatisfaction contributes to teacher turnover and discourages today’s students from pursuing teaching careers. Teacher satisfaction matters.

SRF surveyed teachers nationwide about their satisfaction on 14 workplace factors. This infographic and report examines the complex relationship between teacher satisfaction with compensation and other aspects of their professional experiences. The 2385 teachers who responded were least often satisfied with salary and benefits. But it was not just about pay. The data suggest teacher dissatisfaction with salary may be symptomatic of the toll exacted from teachers and students when education is underfunded. See our blog post about Teacher Satisfaction here.

Hispanics & STEM: Gen Z’s Interest Can Change the Future!

The demand for STEM professionals continues to grow, especially as forecasts show there will be 10.6 million STEM jobs by 2028. Attracting Gen Z Hispanics is imperative to the STEM workforce, because Hispanic adults are historically underrepresented and underutilized in the field.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Student Research Foundation’s new report on Hispanics in STEM, a collaboration with the Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways and Google, suggests that now is the time to embrace the next generation of Hispanic STEM leaders. Data show that Gen Z Hispanics are equally as interested in STEM subjects as historically over-represented groups, despite challenges. See our report and infographic for more on effective strategies for developing and furthering the STEM aspirations of today’s Hispanic students!

CTE: Benefits for Diverse Goals Infographic

Today’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) attracts a broader cross-section of high school students than ever. Findings from SRF’s Fall 2018 in-class survey of students in CTE classrooms across the nation illustrate that diversity.

The overwhelming majority have at least a B average, plan to continue their education immediately after graduation, and are headed to a wide array of post-secondary institutions. They take CTE to learn skills and explore/prepare for careers. No matter their educational path, they report CTE provides critical benefits that increase workforce readiness and connect academics with the “real world.”

The American Dream Infographic

Careers are on the minds of students – based on results of a national survey of U.S. high school students. And the patterns suggest the American Dream persists among Gen Z.

As early as freshman year, about 1 in 3 students have thought about their future careers “very much.” That climbs to about half by senior year. Careers are more likely to be on the minds of academically oriented students and students from economically marginalized groups (e.g., African-Americans, Hispanics, and females).

The results suggest career and educational pathway topics are relevant to students, and offer opportunities to engage and motivate

Research on Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills STEM Career & Technical Education Health/Science Career Pathways

Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills

Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Career & Technical Training

Health & Science Pathways

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At the Student Research Foundation , we’re dedicated to providing in-depth analysis of our student, parent and teacher research.

We hope these reports bring insight and spur important dialogue about the educational and career pathways of students across the country.


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