Assessments Research

PLTW Participation Positively Impacts:

  • PLTW improves student achievement, especially in science and high school.1
  • Students who take PLTW courses are more likely to take dual credit courses in high school and to graduate from high school.2
  • Students attending schools with PLTW have been found to be 7 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education than students in non-PLTW schools.2
  • Participation in PLTW courses increases the likelihood that students will enroll in a STEM major at the post-secondary level.2 3
  • Participation in multiple PLTW courses proportionately increases the likelihood of a STEM major.3
  • PLTW students are retained from their freshman to sophomore year of college at higher rates than non-PLTW students.4
  • Minority students who participate in PLTW are more likely to persist in college from their freshman to sophomore year. 4
  • For those students who did not enroll in college, PLTW students median wage was 13.6 percent more than peers. 5

My engineering students need to know that everything they do technical is not in a vacuum. The ethical issues they encounter will be multifaceted. They need to be aware that the world is going to be messy.

- Dr. Susannah Howe, Design Clinic Director, Picker Engineering Program Smith College

The new PLTW Assessment marks a turning point in student recruitment for businesses across the country. For years, we’ve sought graduates who have mastered the types of skills PLTW students gain through their coursework, but have faced increased challenges in identifying those who are ready to hit the ground running in the workplace. By giving businesses a tool to validate these skills, PLTW is making it possible for employers like Toyota to recognize and hire the top talent we need to drive our business forward.

- Brian Krinock, Senior Vice President Toyota Motor North America

My favorite thing about the new PLTW Assessments is that they engage students in the problem-solving process, connecting to the concepts that they learned throughout the course and the skills employers seek! The students appreciate that the assessment questions involve real world situations in which they can apply their learning.

- Ethan Hodge, PLTW Teacher Russellville High School

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