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


STEM Provides Answers for Student Loan Debt

William Broman
US News and World Report

As the United States enters 2012, a growing number of college graduates are being held back with student loan debt. In fact, the average graduating student has to repay $25,250, which can take years if a student majored in a low-paying subject.

The answer is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Using data from CNBC, created an infographic about which degrees are worth the debt that students accrue during college. It reports that the starting salary for a petroleum engineering major is more than $85,000. The graphic also shows that under President Obama's proposed "Income-Based Repayment" plan, it would take 86 months for a psychology major earning the average starting salary of $35,000 to repay the average student loan debt of $25,250. Conversely, it would take just under three years for a petroleum engineering major to pay off his/her same debt. What does this mean? As a society, by pushing students into the STEM subjects, we can reduce the time student loan debt is carried by individuals.

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