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: What It Is, And Why We Should Care

Brian Kelly
U.S. News & World Report
9/10/2012

There's a simple answer, and a complicated one. Simple: It's about jobs. Complicated: It's a key to the U.S. economy, representing the growing disconnect between the skills that employers need in an increasingly technological world and the talent—or lack thereof—that the education system produces.

It's also a terrible acronym that represents the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. But as with lots of famous acronyms—SALT, NASA—STEM has become shorthand for an important issue and a burgeoning industry of schools, community groups, companies, and policy makers who are trying to solve the problem. The challenge extends from toddlers (Sesame Street has a numbers-focused initiative) up through literal rocket scientists. It is as much about the decline of middle-class jobs (manufacturing is a high-tech industry) as it is about inventing the next iPad.

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