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A severe shortage of skilled workers is hampering Nevada's ability to diversify its economy, according to a new report that recommends stepping up advanced training in science, technology, engineering and math. The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Brookings Mountain West address needs in those areas in"Cracking the Code on STEM," released Wednesday.
The study says a "STEM proficiency crisis" affects all aspects of the state's education system, beginning at pre-kindergarten. Among other things, it says greater emphasis on test taking is taking focus away from science and placing less emphasis on nurturing imagination and creativity. Dale Erquiaga, Nevada's superintendent of public instruction, says it's a clear message to school districts that they must improve instruction in math and science.