The Opportunity Equation: Transforming the Nation through STEM Education

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 2:00pm

As increased competition levels the playing field of the global economy, the American educational system needs to transform itself in order to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Today, too few students get the preparation they need for the challenges of postsecondary education and an innovation- and knowledge-based global economy. A transformed educational system would raise levels of performance by all American students, providing them with a strong foundation for success in college and careers and enabling many more to pursue advanced training in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

In a new report, The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy, the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education challenges the nation to mobilize for coordinated action in four areas: 

  • Place mathematics and science at the center of education innovation, improvement, and accountability to enable higher levels of learning.
  • Establish common standards and assessments for the nation in mathematics and science.
  • Improve math and science teaching, including new ways of recruiting teaching talent.
  • Redesign schools and systems to deliver excellent, equitable math and science learning. 

Join our panel of experts as they discuss how to close the gap between the current state of achievement and the reinvented educational system our future demands, and how the business community can play a key role in this movement.


  • Michele Cahill, Co-Chair, Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education
  • Steve Robinson, Special Assistant to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Carlos Contreras, U.S. Education Manager, Intel Corporation

The Opportunity Equation report

NGA Center for Best Practices, STEM Education

ACTE's issue brief, CTE's Role in STEM




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