The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 12:00pm
STEM April, 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for science. The report shows that only 34% of fourth-graders, 30% of eighth-graders, and 21% of twelfth-graders were shown to be proficient in science. This comes shortly after the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed American students continuing to lag behind their international peers. For a nation that relies heavily upon technology and innovation for its economic strength, these reports underscore America's vulnerable standing as a world economic leader.

It is clear that bold action is required to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education if we are to maintain our place of prominence in the global economy. To that end, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce issued a report addressing what needs to be done to strengthen the quality of STEM education in the United States and what kinds of bold leadership will be required on the part of the business community to make it happen. Over 100 business leaders joined us in person and over 300 joined us online as we unveiled the new report and discussed the importance of raising student achievement in STEM education.

Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm ET
Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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STEM Toolkit

In support of our new report, The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education, ICW has put together a host of resources to assist business leaders' efforts.Whether you’re a veteran education reformer or a new business champion, we hope you will find our new toolkit on STEM education to be useful as you begin your endeavors to improve our education system.
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