State and local education officials have a new tool to help them predict which investments will pay dividends as they try to boost the number of college graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The open-source program, called the U.S. STEM Educational Model, was developed by defense company Raytheon with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It aims to help officials analyze how they should allocate precious resources as they seek to increase the number of STEM-related graduates, thereby bolstering the science and engineering workforce. The computer-based model will simulate how schools can draw...

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