STEM Young Talent Barometer 2022: Pandemic-related performance deficits in STEM subjects.

April 27th, 2022

The Corona pandemic has also affected STEM education, according to the STEM Young Talent Barometer published today by acatech and the Joachim Herz Foundation. Universities, on the other hand, have proven to be crisis-proof. Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller of the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education is the scientific director of the study.

Students in Germany and other European countries have developed learning deficits in the subject of mathematics amounting to 10 to 13 learning weeks by the end of elementary school. At Hamburg schools, the proportion of high-performing elementary school students has decreased by almost ten percent - while the proportion of low-performers has increased by a good ten percent. This is the result of a study evaluated for the STEM Young Talent Barometer. Children with a migration background are behind by up to two school years.

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About the STEM Young Talent Barometer

The STEM Young Talent Barometer is a nationwide trend report. The report collects and comments on the most important figures, data and facts on the situation of young people in the STEM field, from school education to vocational training and university studies. By monitoring key indicators, the report provides empirically based insights into current developments and fields of action in STEM education, as well as indications of factors and motives that influence young adults' choice of studies and careers.

The STEM Young Talent Barometer is jointly published by acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering and the Joachim Herz Foundation and produced by the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education. The compact overview provides a sound decision-making aid for decision-makers in education, politics and business, thus contributing to a sustainable improvement of the STEM sector in Germany.