Building Momentum Toward Equity and Excellence

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How can you mobilize to help the nation improve math and science education for all students? Read recommended actions from The Opportunity Equation report. MORE

We must raise the bar in education and rethink the design of school if we want excellent math and science learning for all students. The Opportunity Equation report provides a roadmap for this vision with recommendations for key stakeholders. MORE


Common Core Standards: Why Did States Choose to Adopt?

We hear from: Former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Education Commissioners Eric J. Smith (FL) and Mitchell D. Chester (MA), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Chester Finn. MORE


Common standards, linked with rigorous assessments, set the bar for all students—from struggling to advanced—to master academically rigorous content and succeed in the global economy. MORE


Major Corporations Promote STEM Education

Jason Koebler
U.S. News and World Report

The Dow Chemical Co. has created products such as plastic bags,water purifiers, and military weapons for more than 100 years, but the company is worried that America's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education crisis might leave it understaffed.

"We need not only the workforce to produce [our products], but [also] a society that understands how science and chemistry are important and won't be frightened by new products," says Bo Miller, president and executive director for the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the community outreach arm of the company.

Miller's concerns extend to other American companies who depend on highly skilled employees to fill science, math, and engineering vacancies. In April, a coalition of 110 business executives, along with the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an organization affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued new guidelines to improve STEM education. The report, "The Case for Being Bold," urges companies to donate money to school districts and educational organizations that are using innovative techniques to improve student performance.

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